Music Recommendations #3
Welcome to Music Recommendations, a series of blogs dedicated to recommending music I find enjoyable. These blogs will cover a wide range of music I’ve recently discovered or have enjoyed for a long time. My purpose in writing these blogs is to promote positivity and happiness pertaining to music, rather than be critical of music I don’t like. At least that’s what I hope to achieve.
The weather is getting nicer, which enhances my ability to enjoy a variety of music. Despite the current ongoing pandemic, music isn’t going anywhere, thankfully. Like most of us, the beauty in musical tones and melodies keep me moving in a positive direction. This past week, I found myself listening to a variety of genres from soul dopamine enrichers to straight-crushing punk. I can go on, but here are five records I recommend:
My friend first introduced me to Curtis Mayfield in the summer of 2017. It wasn’t until recently I dove more heavily into his discography, and it’s a shame I didn’t sooner. Curtis is a fantastic representation of melodic expression deeply entwined with 1970s soul and R&B. Euphoric listen from start to finish, and it’ll surely brighten up any person’s melancholy day.
For some reason, Love went under my radar until these past few months. I got into Arthur Lee’s solo material after Mac Miller did a rendition of Everybody’s Gotta Live on Circles. Reel to Real is a classic sounding folk and somewhat psychedelic record. It’s a solid listen, and will certainly interest those of you who enjoy the traditional feel of 1970s rock.
Adding Up is an alt-pop EP from Melbourne-based band Parsnip. Parsnip is reminiscent of nostalgic 1960s British pop-rock, but with a modern new-wave twist to it. Although it’s only four tracks deep, Adding Up is a transcendent listen compared to a lot of music today.
II is a fantastic dark post-punk record from Austin, Texas-based band Crooked Bangs. Although the group is based in Austin, vocalist Leda Ginestra fuses English and French lyricism to create a hybrid form of American and French driven noir-punk. Baudelaire is my favorite track on the record, and I can’t recommend the album enough.
Initially starting as a YouTube pop singer, Ryan Beatty has found himself among the dream-pop spectrums of modern music. Dreaming of David is Beatty’s latest effort from 2020, and it’s a smooth and emotional listen. In The End is a fantastic opening track, and I highly recommend the record as a whole if you’re into dream-pop of any kind.
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