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.
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Artist: GG Fearn
Track: Deal with the Devil
Location: Caerfyrddin, Wales
With lines like “living without your soul it ain’t so bad, I never really had one anyway” ‘Deal With the Devil’ is clever, and darkly funny. And the production is wildly creative. But those facts are secondary to GG’s excellent vocals. I love this.
Artist: Lodgepole Kind
Track: Bombay Boogie
I’m sitting on the couch with a laptop on my lap listening to this song. I really should be on the dance floor. On ‘Bombay Boogie’ the Canadian EDM duo LPK gives us a fun and funky track with an international vibe that fits its title nicely.
Artist: Katie O’Malley
Track: Got a Love
Location: Manchester, UK
Everytime something new happened in this song, I got deeper into it. First the kick drum sounded cool, then the guitar got my attention. When Katie started singing, I was hooked. This is a beautiful alt-folk, Americana tune.
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
The long sustained notes of JULA’s beautiful breathy voice and this song’s stark instrumentation had a real Portishead vibe. And that is a wonderful thing.
Artist: Andrew Hetherington
Track: Smooth Chillout
Location: Skipton, Australia
As I am wont to do, as of late, I am closing out this playlist update with a smooth chillout number. In this case, the tune is very aptly titled “Smooth Chillout.” It’s a nice mellow synth groove with some classy guitar. Go ahead, poor yourself a mohito, and chill.