I curate two Spotify playlists. When I update them I write short two-line reviews here. Sometimes the reviews are three lines. The rules are not strict.
Track: Bad Times
Location: Miami, FL
I love the production on this radio-ready track. It starts with a cool understated guitar and synth. Then about thirty seconds it picks up an unexpected groove. The hook is delivered with some very nice vocals.
Artist: Renee-Louise Carafice
Track: Oh Your Lies
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Renee-Louise Carafice is one of those artists that brings you into her world for the three minutes that you listen to her song. I liked being there. It may be in the same universe as Syd Barret’s Madcap Laughs. Renee’s Twitter bio says she is “a weird & fascinating popstar.” Spot on.
Artist: Dominic Wolf
Track: 4 A.M.
Location: London, UK
Dominic Wolf’s ‘4 A.M.’ is an aptly titled track. The instrumental mixes electric piano and lo-fi beat with sampled analog found sounds. Overlaying that is a sleepy vocal track that sounds like someone woke the singer up to record his track in a dream state. Groovy.
Artist: The Bingewatchers
Location: Los Angeles, CA
I love dogs and goofy little Alt-Pop songs. The Bingewatchers gave me both with Stephanie. In lyrical content and sound this track reminds me of the 90’s. We all had train wreck friends like Stephanie. Sometimes, we were the train wreck friends (ahem).
And we round out this update with smooth guitar and synth driven electronica. Glacidelico is some expertly produced, blipity blopity electronica that worked well for my brain today.