Spring is coming around and my musical preferences tend to get a little less sullen with the extra daylight. Here's some standouts from my playlists lately... a couple have been around for a little bit, but maybe something you still haven't come across?
Starting with Durand Jones & The Indications – this one has been out since mid 2016, and I started listening sometime this fall. Been waiting patiently for the vinyl release and it came out about a day ago. It's one of those records where I knew I had to have it on vinyl even after playing it constantly for months. Jones' voice is stunning, the band is super tight and everything feels so expressive and energetic. Highlights for me are "Make a Change" and "Giving Up", but the entire album is an amazing, cohesive set of tracks.
Portland's own Wild Ones released Mirror Touch late last year and it's been back in my playlist lately since I picked up the vinyl. Lead singer Danielle Sullivan has one of the most unique voices in the genre and everything comes together perfectly on this record. The full sound is so deep and engaging, Thomas Himes' production is a force. Buy this record and then look up their back catalog too... a friend gave me You're a Winner eight years ago and I was knocked out then. With Mirror Touch, I'm knocked out again.
Charlotte Gainsbourg has a new record, Rest. It definitely does not fit my 'happier Spring music' theme, but it's still a fresh, raw and honest record. Probably better to be listening in spring than a Portland winter anyway. It's an album written apparently to work through her personal grief, and it's an amazing portrait in the human condition of making art in order to cope with the heaviness of living. I make it sound more sad than it seems... it's a confident, extremely well produced and deeply engaging record.