Music Recommendations #5
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. If you’re interested in buying any of the records, click the title of one for a direct link to Amazon.
Diving deep into my own individualistic ethos on a journey finding new music to encounter. Basically, no matter what’s going in the world, we’ll always have music. These last few days, I found myself listening to alternative rap and folk as part of my daily intake—themes of questioning, existence, and social realism run rampant through these albums. I digress, but let’s take a look.
I discovered this record very recently, and it’s a shame I didn’t sooner considering the artistic musical standpoint the album exemplifies. Benjamin Jaffe is one-half of honeyhoney, an Americana and alternative country duo. Oh, Wild Ocean of Love is Jaffe’s first attempt at a solo record, and it’s a compelling and euphoric listen. Unique production, songwriting, and song transitions encompass this alternative folk album. I highly recommend this album and anything from honeyhoney as well.
Earl Sweatshirt is one of my favorite lyricists in the rap game. Although my favorite album is his 2018 effort, Some Rap Songs, I’ve recently dived back into I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside. This album is a significant steppingstone for Earl, especially considering the pure lyrical and production standpoint compared to his previous mixtapes. Although his debut album, Doris, is a fine listen, I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside is where Earl comes into his own.
Quite possibly my favorite punk album of all time, The Crack is a must-listen for anyone who deems themselves as a punk or music lover of any kind. For those of you who haven’t heard of The Ruts, they were an up and coming punk outfit from London, England. After the release of The Crack in 1979, vocalist Malcolm Owen died shortly after from a heroin overdose. In remembrance of Owen, be sure to listen to this record.
At this point, who doesn’t know who Bob Dylan is? If you’re not familiar with Blood on the Tracks, you at least have a generalized idea of who Bob Dylan is. Blood on the Tracks is one of Dylan’s most famous records, and rightfully so. The album birthed the iconic Dylan song, Tangled Up in Blue. What more could you want?
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