Just like last week's list, here's a few songs, albums, bands, etc I'm listening to right now.
  1. EL VY - Return to the Moon and I'm the Man to Be
    While the rest of the album is good, I have a hard time venturing beyond "Return to the Moon's" opening two songs. Both are immediately infectious, immediately weird, and the kind of songs you can't stop listening to. A side project from the National's Matt Berninger, El VY listens almost like an over produced demo tape. Berninger is able to indulge different influences than in his main group, like the minutemen etc. Lyrically Berninger is at his funniest and most self-deprecating.
  2. Beach Baby - Limousine
    Sometimes I wind up going down a Spotify wormhole, discovering band after band I love but never fully explore. Or forget about if I forget to hit the follow button. Beach Baby is one of those bands (I remembered to follow them). They don't, yet, have a full album listened on their page, only a spotty list of singles. Limousine is the most recent and the only one that really grabbed me, but I'm excited to listen to more when their album comes out.
  3. Leon Bridges - Coming Home
    Leon Bridges has a serious throw back sound, the kind that's becoming increasingly frustrating to me. But Bridges isn't copping this sound and updating. The music sounds straight from the sixties, almost like you're unearthing some undiscovered artist from that era who never caught on. He's immensely talented, and even if he's not progressing music forwards, he's making exactly what he wants to. There's something admirable in that.
  4. Caverns - Ten Feet Tall
    I wonder why more bands don't try to tap into the spacier sixties rock bands, like Pink Floyd. While Caverns stays in that lane a bit to much, it's also refreshing to hear them mix in a little bit of bounciness into that sound. It's simultaneously dancey and atmospheric. It's not particularly long, but it takes a journey.
  5. Vince Staples - Lift Me Up
    In a year brimming with great hip hop, it takes a lot to stand out. Vince Staples has done that by positioning himself almost as the anti-Kendrick. Where kendrick went back to hip hop's foundations for Butterfly, vince looked ahead. His beats are bassy and heavy, almost minimalist at times. Kendrick, at times, took an optimistic look at the future; Vince is more negative. Lift Me Up is him asking for help, needing somebody's assistance to overcome the burdens he's facing on a daily basis.