Phoenix Playlist Pick: June 2021
The eleventh installment of Phoenix Playlist Picks – a series of monthly articles in which Phoenix publishers create Spotify playlists of the best new music each month, then select some of their favorites to write about – focuses on new releases from June.
This month playlist focuses on the latest album from Tyler, the creator and the debut of Goof and Superbloom.
Tyler, the creator – “CALL ME IF YOU LOSE YOURSELF”
Tyler, the creator has dropped his highly anticipated follow-up to 2019’s “IGOR”. The 16-track, 52-minute album is closer to an hour-long clinic in the rap artistry for which he has become so well known.
The tracks blend seamlessly into each other, creating a unique experience and once again proving Tyler’s skill at creating cohesive albums. Even the songs, despite their occasional chaos, find a flow within themselves due to their exquisite production.
Songs like “LUMBERJACK” even bring to mind Tyler’s previous album with frantic instrumentation and a dissonant, calm voice. His voice isn’t just what carries his contribution to the song, however – the introspective lyrics show how far he is from the agonizing and shocking lines of his previous work.
“We don’t have to be careful what he fights / Everyone I ever loved had to be loved in the shadows / Tug-o-war with the X’s and Y’s looked like a custody battle / J ‘ felt like the boat was going down, felt like I was missing a paddle, ”Tyler raps in another vent line about his sexuality on“ MASSA ”.
There’s no doubt this album will be another Grammy nominee, a bar Tyler set himself for in 2019 when he won the Best Rap Album award for “IGOR.”
Goof – “Seasonal Fantasy”
Chicago-based pop artist Natalie Carioti, known by her stage name Goof, released her feature debut on June 20. For 36 minutes, she plays with genre instrumentals to create an extremely complete journey through a multitude of sounds.
Previously released singles, such as “All Scraped Up”, were just the surface of what Carioti had in store for listeners. Aside from a slow build-up in the intro track, starting with “Rewind Halloween,” the first song she ever released, seemed only appropriate. It also immediately set the tone for the pop bangers scattered throughout the 12-track race.
But it all ended up at the top of the album, right in the middle of the tracklist. The pop-punk “Not The One” is both a demonstration of Carioti’s vocal performance but also of his malleability when it comes to making things happen. Fans of Halestorm and other alternate legends from the early 2000s will likely find this to be one of their favorite tracks from 2021.
This isn’t to discredit the country-inspired closing song “Kale Flowers”, or “Jean Ross”, which sounds like it’s taken from a musical, because they’re all just as amazing. Carioti does not impose itself in any specific genre and it is the greatest strength of “Seasonal Fantasy” – there really is something for everyone.
Superbloom – “Pollen”
New life was breathed into the grunge genre on June 1 when Superbloom released their debut album “Pollen”.
The title of each song is a cheeky nod to the group it was inspired by, with gestures for Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Korn and more topping the majority of the tracks. Between their guitar sound and their voice, parallels could be drawn between them and groups like “Breaking Benjamin”.
The Nirvana-esque “Whatever” is the final track on the album. It’s the clean culmination of the “Nevermind” tracklist, completed with a guitar solo somewhere between Kurt Cobain’s minimalist style and modern alternative riffs. Its hoarse moan, obviously indebted to Cobain, makes the song even more compelling when paired with an almost nonchalant strumming.
That’s not to say that there aren’t fully original and modernized versions of the genre throughout the album. “Hey Old Man” seems to be all Superbloom and it’s just as gorgeous as the rest of the tracks despite the lack of nostalgia the others have.
Whether the tracks are a tribute to a long-dead genre or one-off originals, it’s clear that there is no more appropriate leader for the grunge revival than Superbloom.
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