Since we’re kind of in the middle of Summer here, I thought I’d share with you guys what’s on repeat everyday. Tell me if you find anything in common.
Toro y Moi
I am officially obsessed with Toro y Moi. He’s this ambient electro-indie artist with a lot of talent and I’ve never heard anything by him that I didn’t absolutely adore. Two of my favorites of his are his songs “So Many Details” on his album Anything in Return and “Imprint After” on Causers of This. “So Many Details” has this sort of troublesome aura to it, like a bad relationship where both partners stay silent about their unhappiness or something. It’s uncomfortable in the best sort of way. “Imprint After”, on the other hand, has this latin jazz piano riff coursing through that I just can’t resist, and an intoxicating groove. Check them out.
Okay. Yes. The 1975. You may think that’s terribly mainstream of me, but hey. They’re a fantastic band. Their self-titled album includes some incredible gems, like “M.O.N.E.Y.”, “Menswear” (my favorite), “Pressure”, “Settle Down”, “The City”…the entire album is on my Summer playlist. Just listen to the whole thing. Think Sigur Ross Meets 90’s pop.
I feel as though I have mentioned Cherub before, but just in case I haven’t: this Nashville-based electro-pop duo is jam-packed with talent. Their biggest hit is “Doses and Mimosas”, if you’ve heard that track. I personally love the songs “Do I (Where We Are)” and “Where We Should Be” off of their 100 Bottles EP. Have a listen.
It may surprise you to find out that I actually am a huge Ariana Grande fan. Basically all of her Yours Truly album I have committed to memory. But her new single with Iggy Azalea “Problem” has HARD CORE been on repeat for me. I know the rap and everything. I know you’ve already heard it, but just. Just listen to it again.
So as long as we’re talking about Iggy, which reminds me of her song “Fancy” with Charli XCX, I’m reminded of Charli’s total head banging field dancing song she did for TFiOS, “Boom Clap”. I want to laugh and cry and dance and die when I hear this song.
The Neighbourhood is literally the smoothest band out there right now. I featured this band in my very first monthly favorites, back in August of last year and they have since totally taken off, which is amazing and well deserved. I urge you not to skip directly to “Sweater Weather”, though. Listen to the album front to back, in the order intended for the first time. The opening track, “How”, is an absolute gem. That, along with “Afraid”, “Let It Go”, and “W.D.Y.W.F.M?” are my favorites.
Black Light Dinner Party
I’ve been a fan of BLDP’s “Gold Chain” since early last year. It’s very brit-pop sounding and has an awesome key change moment that you just can’t miss. Go ahead and listen to the entire EP; it’s a really great little package.
For the rest of my playlist, I’m going to spare you the reading and just list out the remainder.
Foxygen “San Francisco” (this song reminds me of another song. Please help me figure it out.)
James Blake “Life Round Here (feat. Chance the Rapper)” (I have such a huge music crush on James Blake. Just had to put that out there.)
Yes Nice “Empty Spaces (Oh No! Yoko Remix)” (sorry. couldn’t find this on YouTube.)
Please take the time to listen to all of these tracks if you can. These artists all deserve a good listening to and lots of support.
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