It’s so hard to say who my favorite musicians are…so, I just call them all my favorite. I didn’t know this about myself until a co-worker of mine caught me red handed. I was reminiscing about seeing “one of my favorite bands” in concert and he stopped me and said, “Aren’t they all your favorite?” And I realized yes, yes they are.
ANYWAY, I had never heard of Torres, stage name for young Mackenzie Scott’s band, until recently following SXSW coverage by some of my favorite sources. In her early to mid 20s, Scott has a lot to say and people are listening. She release her self-titled debut in 2013 and this May will be releasing her sophomore album, ‘Sprinter.’ The title track is killer:
“Honey” is off of her debut album. Keep in mind she was 20 or 21 during the writing/processing/releasing of this. Incredible:
I can’t wait to hear the rest of the tracks off of ‘Sprinter.’ I will wait patiently.
So this week’s playlist is compiled of some absolutely magical discoveries I have made thanks to some friends (Little May, Twin Peaks and White Arrows…you know who you are if you shared this music with me!) who shared their favorite albums of 2014 with me AND thanks to a fantastic music blog I came across this morning (Secretly Important) that had the blogger’s top 10 albums (some of which I had NEVER heard of….love it). The two Kithkin tracks were inspired by Secretly Important. I had to put both of them in the playlist because “Din IV” leads into “Fallen Giants” impeccably. I also have to thank Soundcloud for this playlist because since I’ve been doing these weekly playlists for the past several months, people (artists, record labels, and other music lovers) have been following me on Soundcloud so in turn, I follow them and check out their page. That’s how I discovered this gem by Afrakite. Looks like this Afrakite song was uploaded 3 days ago. I’m REALLY hoping this Montreal-based artist will shell out some more tracks that are as wonderful on the ears as “Grown Apart.”
I had a friend recommend Cataldo to me MONTHS ago and I finally got around to listening to him because his most recent album, ‘Gilded Oldies’, made it onto Secretly Important’s top 10 albums for 2014 as well. Broncho has been kickin’ around in my head allllll week and I’m loving it. These guys know how to have a good time and make good music while doing it. Afternoons’ in your face track, “Say Yes” was a favorite on NPR All Songs Considered and made it onto Robin Hilton’s favorites mix tape for 2014. Anna of the North out of Oslo, Norway really struck a chord with me because it was 6 years ago now I was preparing for my big adventure to Norway for a semester. Plus, her music is simply beautiful. Finally, Last Lynx, a group out of Sweden stole my heart when I heard their latest track, “Get Up”, on the trusty Hype Machine. Oh and, last night I was treated to the most lovely prime rib for dinner and chocolate fondue for dessert. Had to name the playlist after that experience.