Hello out there. I’m back to let you in on my music listening the last while. I feel like this last year or so I have leaned more on old favourites than anything super current, which had me uninspired to jump on here and share (I also religiously listened to Noah Kahan’s “Stick Season” album for quite some time so that pretty much occupied my time). But new things are starting to pop up on my phone again and that got me wanting to compile a recent(ish) list of things that have held my attention. Hoping there is something here for you to throw in the headphones.
Luke Sital-Singh – “Dressing Like a Stranger”
I stumbled across this album while doing one of my routine music searches sometime last summer. It’s catchy and easy to bop your head to. Wikipedia says that he has a few songs on some fairly major TV shows like Suits and Greys Anatomy over the years. That makes sense to me. Seems like generally acceptable pop music for people in their 30’s and 40’s. God damn it. Am I that audience now?
Noah Derksen – Sanctity of Silence
You looking for a nice spring album? I was listening to the song “You Got a Hold of Me” on Friday after work and I could have sworn Noah was melting the Saskatoon snow right in front of my eyes. His voice has a soft, warm quality that just makes you feel at ease. Like putting on a comfy sweater or bundling with a blanket on the couch. I can feel some Ray LaMontagne with a touch of The Teskey Brothers in there maybe? The whole album is wonderful. “Say it Ain’t So” has a nice bluesy feel and “Fuck You and Fuck Your Friends Too” is just fun to sing in the car while you think about someone who did you dirty. Winnipeg is turning out some talent.
boygenious – “$20”
The trio of Lucy Dacus, Phoebe Bridgers, and Julien Baker is back with another album. When the first album came out I couldn’t find anywhere to buy the vinyl, so Jessi bought it for me in Germany and brought it over when she came to visit one of the first times. I liked that album so much that I’m putting this on fairly preemptively because I haven’t spent a whole lot of time listening. We can discover this one together.
The National – “Tropic Morning News”
I know there are haters of The National out there and to those folks I say, more for me. These MF’ers know how to craft songs that connect with me every time. Again, a little early to call the album a success with only a few songs out, but I’m just happy for some new material. I’ve also got a mark on my calendar to see them in Munich later this year so, yeah, I guess you could say things are getting pretty serious.
Manchester Orchestra – “The Way”
A favourite band over the years for me. I think I have put them on here a few times already (I’m too lazy to actually check). This new song has been my top play as of late. Andy Hull has such a distinct voice that carries so much emotion. When I listen in my headphones, it makes me feel like I’m in the middle of an empty warehouse. It’s expansive and the sound seems to echo around you from every angle. Just a super catchy song.
The Milk Carton Kids – Running on Sweet Smile
I’ve always been a sucker for harmonizing. There are few who do it as well as The Milk Carton Kids. Their voices and guitars blend together so seamlessly, like they were always meant to be that way. Simple, beautiful, music.
- LUKE SITAL-SINGH – “DRESSING LIKE A STRANGER”
- NOAH DERKSEN – SANCTITY OF SILENCE
- BOYGENIOUS – “$20”
- THE NATIONAL – “TROPIC MORNING NEWS”
- MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA – “THE WAY”
- THE MILK CARTON KIDS – “RUNNING ON SWEET SMILE”