Welcome to the sixth edition of WVUM Radio’s Playlist of the Week, a compilation of the week’s top tunes according to WVUM music directors Jordan Abrams and Peter Melero.
Mr. Twin Sister – “Alien FM” from Salt (Twin Group)
After four years of studio work, Mr. Twin Sister have honed their unique blend of jazz, dance and alternative music to deliver a sultry jazz project with ample sax licks that’s cooler than sipping a dry ice martini.
Boygenius – “Me & My Dog” from Boygenius (Matador)
Indie rock prayers have been answered with this super group of Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus. Relatable, hearty lyrics make this EP very timely and empowering.
Crooked Man – “Take It All Away” from Crooked House (DFA)
Soulful and psychedelic house music returns with Crooked Man. Imagine some of the most beautiful dance music you’ve ever heard.
Father – “Only You” from Awful Swim (Awful/RCA)
Straight out of Atlanta, rapper/producer/artist Father releases a mixtape as part of a collaboration with Adult Swim. The rapper uses his subversive sense of humor to strong production to create a fun, “mischievous” project.
Viagra Boys – “Sports” from Street Worms (YEAR0001)
Viagra Boys share many similarities with Butthole Surfers during their ‘80s hey-day, and not just in colorful band name. A thoroughly deep-fried, vaguely psychedelic blues riff serves as the backdrop for a silly spiel about indulging in substances while watching sports.
Ian Sweet – “Spit” from Crush Crusher (Hardly Art)
Crushes are always hard to break, which is why Ian Sweet reminds us to not get “swallowed by someone else’s spit” (i.e. reach first base). This track is true-blue contemporary indie, taking assertive elements from early ‘90s riot grrrl bands and softening them up a bit to relate to sensitive hearts.
Thom Yorke – “Has Ended” from Suspiria (Music For The Luca Guadagnino Film) (XL)
The frontman of Radiohead reimagines the 1977 Dario Argento horror classic in 2 disks consisting of instrumental score work and ballads.
Olivia Nelson – “Never Too Late” from For You (Hear This)
Story-telling sounds so natural with 22-year-old British, R&B singer. The debut collection is an outlet for emotion and “Never Too Late” levels up in empowerment.
Julia Holter – “I Shall Love 2” from Aviary (Domino)
It’s no coincidence that this gorgeous song comes from an album called “Aviary.” Hearing this song is like stepping into a lush aviary with the orchestral flourishes mimicking dozens of bird songs and Julia’s voice serving as your guide.
Miserable – “Gasoline” from Loverboy/Dog Days (Sargent House)
Halloween isn’t complete without some good old fashioned goth music. Miserable has the right combination of name, melodrama, and post-punk drive to make for the perfect Halloween listen.
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