One more post before I go… to Austin.
This week’s listening has waxed nostalgic (see below), but, before showing my age, here is a playlist of tracks from the first quarter of 2014 (ok, not quite there yet but i make the rules here) that have totally captured my heart, mind, and ears. There are multiple tracks from certain artists because, well, they’ve released amazing tracks and records. Pass the playlist along and/or dig through the full albums (there are some true gems).
The past week has been a heavy dose of digging back through old projects by new favorites like P.S. Eliot’s Introverted Romance in Our Troubled Minds (prior project of Katie Crutchfield (of Waxahatchee) and Allison Crutchfield (of Swearin‘) note, both currently touring!) and Tancred’s s/t record (side project of Jess Abbott of Now, Now) and falling in love all over again with emo-tinged releases like The Hotelier’s Home, Like Noplace Is There.
All three records harken back to the mid to late 90s, which brings this boy extreme amounts of joy, and feature a mix of biting, pensive, sincere, and passionate lyrics — which is refreshing in a landscape of often banal and trite sentiments. All of the records have elements of lo-fi, stripped down production and a punk and indie-pop sensibility. P.S. Eliot, aside from having one of the best band names ever (says the bibliophile and English Lit major, full disclosure), plays an aggressively infectious style of pop punk that is sinfully sweet and painfully bitter. Tancred’s self titled album has the feel of unabashed confessional that recalls those feelings of longing and isolation we all feel and felt throughout growing up.
And, The Hotelier, well, this is just pure pensive adrenaline rock — fist pumping, conscience stirring, and gut wrenching (think Piebald meets Taking Back Sunday). What more do you want?
p.s. if you can’t access Spotify from the links above, each band has a bandcamp page too, simply use your favorite search engine or that newfangled google.