Lifestyle Weekly Spotify Playlist # 12
Weekly Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6pmuekmqKAWehC8rXdgL1s
- Leviathan – “The Silly Sun”
- Current joys – “Dancer in the dark”
- UnoTheActivist – “Jimmy Fallon”
- Devouring – “Arterial Spray Patterns”
The Leviathan black metal solo outfit is the gold standard of American black metal. “The Idiot Sun” is extremely dark, cold, and tortured. The haunting strangeness of lo-fi black metal screams mimics real pain. And, knowing frontman Jef Whitehead’s past background for these releases, the listener can truly understand the honesty with which the music was forged, especially through one musician. The instrumentation is so lacking in hope that this world has to offer in the best way imaginable.
On something much lighter, “Dancer in the Dark” by Current Joys will easily become one of my favorite pop-alternative songs this year. It’s so calming, beautiful and raw. Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Nick Rattigan hits all the right chords to make the listener want more.
UnoTheActivist is currently on an incredible streak of fantastic releases. The introductory track “Jimmy Fallon” from the rapper’s latest release, “Unovere 2”, is one of the best Uno has to offer right now. With production from producer Dream Awake, the track resembles a rhythm inspired by the sega-genesis of another world where Uno effortlessly capitalizes with its nuanced flow.
Revolutionary brutal death metal maniacs, Devourment, returned to their signature sound on his 2019 album, “Obscene Majesty”. Track four, “Arterial Spray Patterns” might not even qualify for the album’s top five, but it’s still awesome and it shows just how spectacular “Obscene Majesty” ended up being. . Disgusting throatiness, menacing guitar sounds, and layered, pounding percussion make ‘Arterial Spray Patterns’ one hell of a brutal death metal product.
- Twin Peaks – “I Wanted You”
- Dr Dog – “Where did all the time go?” “
- Paper kites – “Young”
- Tame Impala – “Malignant”
Chicago-formed indie rock band Twin Peaks offers the listener a song reminiscent of the 60s on “Wanted You”. Lead singer Cadien Lake James starts off softly on verse 1 and 2, but the chorus shows what his voice really is capable of. The metaphorical lyrics from start to finish help paint a picture of the unrequited feelings that the listener can visualize on their own.
Dr. Dog has outdone himself on “Where’d All the Time Go”, from the band’s sixth studio album. This lo-fi rock group knows how to make the listener nostalgic as much by its words as by its melody. With the spellbinding synth at the start and incredible bass in its entirety, it’s clear why this is Dr. Dog’s most popular song on Spotify right now.
Australian folk-rock band The Paper Kites never miss an opportunity to start their songs with a sweet and catchy guitar riff. “Young” is the perfect song for a fall day. The harmonies throughout the song sound effortless, while the lyrics invoke sentimentality.
Tame Impala has never released a bad album and Kevin Parker’s second studio album, “Lonerism”, is no exception. This psychedelic rock artist writes his own lyrics and plays every instrument heard in his songs. “Mind Mischief” has a lot of different layering components that complement each other and create something pretty awesome.
- Chris Lanzon – “Iris”
- Les Revivalistes – “It was a sin”
- Frank Ocean – “Ivy”
- Bryce Vine – “Taking Care of Everyone”
Of the dozens of covers recently released for the Goo Goo Dolls’ song “Iris” in 1998, Lanzon’s cover might just be my favorite. Her voice is soft and dreamy and the instrumentals are refreshing and different from the original song. Its coverage currently has over 955,000 streams on Spotify and deserves more attention.
The Revivalists released their album “Men Amongst Mountains” in 2015 and six years later it’s still as poetic and honest as ever. This song revel in the human experience of guilt and, instead of dwelling on it, the song is about apology and acceptance. The whole album is worth listening to, but especially this song.
It’s hard not to know Frank Ocean’s name in 2021, let alone his 2016 song “Ivy,” but as the wait for Ocean to release new music grows, there is no shame in playing all of his songs over and over again. “Ivy,” in particular, never gets old and makes an awaited masterpiece worth the wait.
Bryce Vine is an underrated musician in general and he has released many songs that are perfect for any occasion. While most of his songs are upbeat, “Care At All” is softer and more sad. Vine has a pleasant voice and her voice really shines in this song.
- Nana Lourdes, Strath – “This is how it goes”
- The 1974 chain gang – “YDLMA”
- Planning the funeral – “The warmth of you”
- Wyatt Smith – “Delighted”
Groovy baselines, harmonious and overproduced vocals and synth melodies combine to create “That’s How It Goes”, a bouncy and catchy track that transports the listener to the early 2000s. The washed-out bridge of this song is also fantastic, with mixed synthetic percussion and a surprising instrumental choice.
“YDLMA” is a vibrant track coming out of the 2020 album, “Honey Moon Drips”, by synth-pop artist, The Chain Gang from 1974. “YDLMA” is an effects-rich track that fulfills any space of nostalgia and atmosphere.
“Warmth of You” is a gritty grunge shoegaze track by self-proclaimed “loud / silent lofi” artist, Planning for Burial. The track begins slowly, then picks up subtly with saturated guitar and powerful percussion supporting the song’s haunting vocals.
San Francisco indie-folk artist Wyatt Smith’s 2020 album “Maple” is serious, introspective listening. Unlike its title, “Elated” is a calming but dark listening that comes down to picking an acoustic guitar and rocking cymbals.