I rounded things out this time at a tight 19 songs, but there’s plenty to talk about in this solid playlist. Eliza Shaddad is one of my surprises for the year, and right now I have her debut full-length, Future, sitting at my #5 album for the year. American treasure, Willie Nelson, has a great new single out. And to top things off, Pedro the Lion is back!
So credit to my wife, Sara, for drawing my attention to Imogen Heap’s score for Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. Imogen is an amazing composer, well worthy to be considered among the most talented musicians currently making music. She just is. She mixes eastern and western music traditions, creative and tradition instrumentations, and old and new techniques. She’s done something special with this project.
Personally, I think Sean Lennon has come to terms with the fact that his voice sounds like his father’s voice. He’s able to do his own thing without concerning himself about people making the connection to The Beatles. The Claypool Lennon Delirium takes joy in diving into the weird and psychedelic, but with this new single I think they’ve struck a little more balance. No, they are not gunning for pop appeal, but this new tune has hook enough to draw people in while still sounding unusual and even unique. You’d expect nothing less from this pair, really.
Other favorites in this edition are Beirut, Eliza Shaddad, Residente, Willie Nelson and Cloquet. Enjoy!
Also, if you missed it… I posted an Election Special playlist earlier this week, and you can check it out HERE!
Steve Gunn – New Moon
Eliza Shaddad – Daydreaming
Pedro The Lion – Yellow Bike
Bob Mould – Sunshine Rock
Dan Mangan – Just Fear
Stars – Are You With Me?
Shad – All I Need
Atmosphere – Jerome
Residente – Rap Bruto
Imogen Heap – Suite One: Platform 9 3/4
Beirut – Gallipoli
Punch Brothers – Three Dots and a Dash
Willie Nelson – Vote ‘Em Out
Deerhunter – Death in Midsummer
The Dandy Warhols – Forever
The Claypool Lennon Delirium – Blood and Rockets: Movement I, Saga of Jack Parsons -Movement II, Too the Moon
Robyn – Honey
Cloquet – Often
Imogen Heap – Suite Three: A New Prophecy