Can you believe how quickly time flies, LI$TNRS?
Flash back to August 2013 (yes, thatâ€™s eight whole months ago) when my very first submission to okc.net was published – such a young buck I was back then. Before I reached this envy-inducing admirable title of â€œcontributing writer,â€ I was still compiling playlists on Spotify on a near weekly basis, but they were just for me in my no-name importance to enjoy.
Now flash back to today- the day that I submit to you, my fellow LI$TNRS, my EIGHTIETH playlist compiled on Spotify in the nine-track format youâ€™ve all come to know and love. Though the pressureâ€™s higher with all the tens of my â€œLI$TNRSHPâ€ watching my Spotify compiling activity, Iâ€™d venture to say that I enjoy this weekly task more than when I started.
I know I can barely believe how soon the timeâ€™s transpired, mostly because Iâ€™m still not that great at the writing portion youâ€™re seeing here, even with all these months of practice. Now that youâ€™re good and excited by my somewhat subtle self-deprecation, letâ€™s hit the highlights of this momentous LI$T.
- Iâ€™ve mentioned folk-thumpers Saintseneca in a previous article; Dark Arc dropped on April Foolâ€™s Day, and if you like this track, Iâ€™d recommend a full album listen.
- Cloud Nothings also released an album of their pounding brand of rock on April Foolâ€™s. Same advice applies for this album as above.
- SOHNâ€™s another artist familiar to inclusion on a LI$T. Up until last week, however, heâ€™d only released a few singles. Thankfully his full debut Tremors is now out in full for your listening pleasure.
- Sisyphus is the collaborative project of none other than Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux and Serengeti. â€œLionâ€™s Shareâ€ does an excellent job of portraying the more playful side typical of this collaboration as compared to the usual tone expressed by each of these artists on their own.
- Interesting fact about Young & Sick: in addition to music, the Dutch duo is responsible for some impressive album artwork for such acts as Foster the People, Robin Thicke, Maroon 5, and Mikky Ekko, among others.
- Closing out the playlist is Lo-Fang (nod to Michael Turnbull once again for the stellar recommendation). Itâ€™s brooding, pensive, deep, expansive- all the key components of what makes a LI$T-ender exceptional.
By this point you should be noticing the high quality of music released thus far this year, so Iâ€™m not even going to remind you about the fact that Iâ€™ll be back with a fresh batch of music next Tuesday. Instead Iâ€™ll trust in your ability to reason and expect your return.