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: Good Foxy
Track: Into Tomorrow
It was 8:00 AM Sunday morning when I queued this up. It had been a long week. The song’s chill mellow funk is exactly what the doctor ordered. Cool bluesy guitar and vocals drive a smooth R&B groove.
Artist: Jordan Klassen
Track: Virtuous Circle
Location: Vancouver, Canada
His Spotify profile suggests that the circle of life, though it sometimes seems vicious, can instead be a virtuous one. This is a beautiful folk-pop rumination on that theme. I’m in, Jordan. Thank you.
Track: Rainy Day
French producer, Terem delivers the chill with this smooth Jazz-hop. It is a great organ and guitar vibe over an old-school beat. Grab a cup of coffee and watch the raindrops roll down the window pane.
Locations: Boston, MA
I loved the DIY bedroom pop feel of this song. Lyrically, Helenor (aka David DiAngelis) reminds me a bit of fellow Bostonian Jonathan Richman and the music he was making in the 1970’s with The Modern Lovers. For those keeping score at home, I love the Modern Lovers. I am now a Helenor fan as well.
Artist: The Fair Attempts
Track: Carnal Insect
With that title, I liked this one before I even heard it. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I hit play. What I got was a badass Darkwave Industrial tune. If you like synths, loud guitars, dig it. Think early NIN or late Ministry.