Atlas Genius is back with a single off their upcoming album Inanimate Objects. You might remember them from their massive hit a couple of years back called “Trojans,” a song that still occasionally gets stuck in my head (embedded below). Hailing from Adelaide, Australia (hey, reminds me of another band I know), this band captures that indie-alternative sound that has a perfect mix of upbeat energy and melancholy emotion. I love the bass breakdown that comes in at 2:48, please do not stop the song before then. Good song to get you going on a slow Tuesday. Enjoy below.
I kind of feel like I’ve gotten into a rhythm here in D.C. I know the city, know my friends, and am pretty content with what has been an awesome summer so far. This playlist is another “general” playlist, but has a kind of stability to it. I tried to not branch out into crazy genres that I question if I even like myself, keeping it close to a core sound that I know I enjoy. The playlist starts out with a lot of indie-pop, demonstrating that you don’t have to have a staff of writers to create a catchy pop anthem. Then we move into the world of “future-pop,” with glitchy vocals and rolling snares. This is my “home” with modern music. Anyone who follows this blog knows its my favorite genre right now. We briefly dip into some alternative rock before popping the tempo back up with some more trap and hip-hop influenced electronica to fill the second half of the setlist. As always, I’ve included a few acoustic songs to close the set and clear your head. Favorite artists on this list include: The Chainsmokers, RATATAT, Hudson Mohawke, and Snøwmass. If you only listen to one song on this playlist, let it be “Roses.” Over and over and over. Enjoy below.
Electronic-influenced alternative rock will always hold a special place in my heart. Its chill vibes and occasional electric guitar riffs remind me of chilling on summer nights in high school. Lots of nostalgia involved in this genre for me. The vocals are ethereal (kinda like Priest) and slightly melancholy. Good for reminiscing.
Happy summer everyone. It’s felt like it for a while here in D.C. but the solstice yesterday really ratcheted up the heat to a blistering 95 degrees Fahrenheit, and we can look forward to a solid 100 tomorrow. This whole city is really gonna need to chill, and this is a good song to do it to. This song’s rolling snares and pulsing synths are enough to keep your ears perked but the vibe is as cool as can be. Enjoy below.
It’s Friday and it’s sunny here in D.C. and I’m happy. Here’s a track that fits that atmosphere. With an energetic, teenager, carefree vibe this Toronto-based synth-pop trio brings me back to the summer between the end of high school and the beginning of college. Warm night breezes and no responsibilities meant rocking out to songs like this. Kinda reminds me of “Punching in a Dream” by The Naked and Famous. I might be off on that one musically, but it gives me the same vibe. Enjoy below.
P.S. – They label this song as “basementpop.” I don’t know what that is but I like it.
The Chainsmokers have been on fire recently. Their second original track in the last month, they must know that the summer festival season is here. This one is pretty chill with glitchy voice-editing effects in the beginning that slowly build up to a Flume-like climax in the chorus. Chill but energetic – my favorite combo. Vibe out below.
Much like the story of the prodigal son, when RATATAT came back to us after five years of silence we embraced them with open arms. I wondered when their next single would come out, and now I have my answer. ABRASIVE is definitely my favorite of the new releases (the other, “Cream on Chrome,” is embedded below), featuring super positive energy, their signature electric guitar-synth, and more than a hint of nostalgia, this is a great track for some chill dancing or an energetic drive with the windows down. Their new album Magnifique is coming out on July 17th. I can’t wait. Enjoy the tracks below (I really like the video for Abrasive).