Song of the Day

Song Of The Day: Drugdealer (feat. Weyes Blood) – Honey

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Drugdealer is the project of L.A.-based musician Michael Collins, who makes music that is heavily indebted to the sounds of the 1970s, with soft rock, psychedelia, and the singer-songwriters of that era all showing up as sonic touchstones in Drugdealer’s sophomore album Raw Honey.

“Honey” stands out as one of the highlights of the album, with Collins continuing his collaboration with Weyes Blood‘s Natalie Mering that started with “Suddenly” off of Drugdealer’s debut The End Of Comedy.

The ’70s references come through pretty clearly in this track, with Mering’s Karen Carpenter-esque delivery and some nice George Harrison inspired guitar flourishes hearkening back to the sounds of retro AM radio gold. Check it out.

Song Of The Day: Molly Tuttle – Take The Journey

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From the opening notes of Molly Tuttle‘s “Take The Journey”, one of the first things you notice is the impressive guitar picking – not a surprise when you take into account that Tuttle was named the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Guitar Player of the Year in 2017 and 2018 (the first woman to be awarded that honour) and that she’s been playing since she was 8 years old and performing live since she was 11. So yeah, she can play.

“Take The Journey” is taken from Tuttle’s debut full length album When You’re Ready, released on April 5 on Compass Records. Check out the video below:

Song Of The Day: Shannon Lay – Nowhere

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Shannon Lay’s “Nowhere” opens up with lyrics that sound like either some kind of nonsense riddle or some super deep philosophy. Or maybe a bit of both:

Nowhere soon
Soon we’ll get to nowhere
And we’ll talk to no one
And not meet them

The trippiness of the lyric is well matched by the music behind it. In “Nowhere,” Lay offers up the perfect piece of mellow, folky psychedelia to soundtrack this trip to nowhere. Lay has described the track as being about “the importance of enjoying the journey” and one wonders whether that journey is a physical one or one of a more metaphysical nature. Or maybe a bit of both.

Shannon Lay’s August is out August 23 on Sub Pop Records. Check out the video for “Nowhere” below.

Song(s) of the Day: Cross Record – Licorice, PYSOL My Castle

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Cross Record is a project from the Austin, TX artist Emily Cross. To call her new self-titled album experimental would be besides the point. It seems more a visual and psychological demonstration than musical exploration. Cross seems determined and resigned all at once: determined to stick with nearly monotonic trajectories, and resigned to the fact that her determination is the far stronger demon than any other on her shoulder. It makes the odd flourishes of the music almost joyous, even though you consciously recognize that they too are short and seemingly prosaic.

This artificially created contrast seems a consistent theme in her new video: “PYSOL (put your shoes on leave) My Castle” literally has Emily crawl into a sensory deprivation chamber. Yes, one of those contraptions that 4 kids from an ’80s monster show managed to replicate so they could dim out this miserly plane of existence to have a seance with aliens. I care not whether this was a purposeful design – it really does work. “Licorice” is a particularly good example of the heightened senses one acquires when the baseline is nearly a flat line. At 2:54, it doesn’t bore you with repetitions of the same idea. It is a surprisingly wonderful test flight. Now that this piece is done, IYDM I am going back to solitary.

Cross Record is out now on Ba Da Bing Records.


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