December. The best smelling month of the year, I think we can all agree. And with that here are the latest and greatest to breathe in to. One thing to note : the Soundcloud playlist features 9 tracks that as of this writing are not posted on Spotify, so I recommend checking out the Soundcloud especially, so you don’t miss what could potentially be your # 1 song this week. Enjoy !
Soundcloud is here :
Spotify is here :
I know. This sounds like some lost Prince song, circa 1988 with Wendy & Lisa singing lead (and a damn good one at that). Sparse, off-kilter, full of air, space, and sweetness, I think the man himself would wholeheartedly smile on Praa for this, and what could ever be cooler than that ?
Plush and lush, a big echo laden, tear-stained Beach Boy-esque kiss-off, candy-coated, swirling and whirling, and mighty fine at that.
Massive Attack’s “Unfinished Sympathy” from 1991 is practically it’s own religion: it’s easily one of the greatest singles of the 90’s, and maybe forever…and that’s the song that instantly came to mind upon hearing this for the first time. While “Gone” is nowhere near as orchestrated as the former, and is more defiant than desperate (the other featured trait of “Unfinished”) it shares a similar skeleton, especially in regards to it’s emotive, and world weary vocal, and subtle yet epic hook. It’s damn beautiful and I wish it were even longer.
Here are a couple of languorous, spaced out, and gorgeous grooves from Bristol band Cousin Kula, sounding equal parts Tame Impala, Pink Floyd, and I swear, Scritti Politti ( honorable mention to the swoon-inducing 1979 West Coast style keyboarding action also very much present in both tracks) . To put it more succinctly, this is the sound of a blazing sunset being viewed through a spaceship window. Both these tracks are featured on their newly released “Oodles ” EP, and yeah, they are kind of special.
It’s that time again ( or thereabouts), time to gather all the most transcendently wonderful tunes that have surfaced over past week (or so), and bring them together as one. And with that here are the Weekly New Wonders playlists, one on Soundcloud, one on Spotify, go on then.
*Weekly disclaimer : we do 2 playlists because sometimes songs aren’t available in both places and we don’t want you to miss anything !
Why here is the Soundcloud:
And here is your Spotify link: https://open.spotify.com/embed/user/esperanza19/playlist/7aNhnt0SvZy1pWEfotYvCQ
Here are the latest and greatest for your listening pleasure. Haven’t written about any of these yet but going to asap, I swear ! And so here is your opportunity to jump the gun and enjoy. As usual there’s some stuff that is only on Soundcloud, and some that is only on Spotify, which is why there are playlists for each because we absolutely 100% don’t want you to miss a damn thing ! And so you are actively encouraged to listen to both !!
Here’s the Soundcloud Playlist:
And Here’s the Spotify:
And so here are some fine, recently discovered things all neatly compiled for your listening pleasure. The playlists include songs we’ve featured plus ones we haven’t so there’s still some discovering to be done ! As usual there’s some stuff that is only on Soundcloud, and some that is only on Spotify, which is why there are playlists for each because we absolutely 100% don’t want you to miss a damn thing ! And so you are actively encouraged to listen to both !!
Here’s the Soundcloud Playlist:
And here is Spotify:
This starts normally enough, just a nice, soulful, and sad piano ballad, but after a few seconds it’s clear there’s something a little weird and truly off-kilter happening here, right from the title on down, which makes it kind of special. Timi’s vocal is angsty, and occasionally over the top, with falsetto flourishes, and 1 large growl, and chews all the scenery around it. Then about halfway through some weird post-rock fuzz invades the landscape, and hangs out for the remainder of the song, and what I’m saying is, this really is something else. Weird and wonderful…
Time for a pop break. This is one clever, funny/sad, 80’s style piece of candy ( Can hear a little ABC in there). Ultra-sticky, featuring a spoken word bridge and dripping with wishful thinking, “Into Me” is in possession of one of those chorus’s that’s impossible to evict, in this case, from the guesthouse ( ed. note :see the last verse). Truly infectious in the best way.