This week I’m obsessed with lo-fi nostalgia rock and sad rap. Stick around for February 1, when all of these songs and more come out on the February playlist.
Commuted – Prom Night Video
This video premiered this week from one-man-band, Commuted. It's made by found footage from a 1950’s pre-prom party that pairs perfectly with doo-wop inspired rock. Young couples stand by the staircase smiling for the camera, wondering if they’re getting lucky later. If you squint hard enough, you might find your parents.
HONNE – Gone Are The Days (SOHN remix)
I’m not sure if this is an EP or a tiny release from HONNE. Whatever it is, I like it. Particularly the SOHN remix of “Gone Are The Days.” If you’re not familiar with SOHN, leave right now and cry your eyes out to any song he's ever made. Now that you’re back from your SOHN discography binge, listen to this song/EP again. It’s got some meat.
The Daddyo’s – Better EP
The music in a recent She Does podcast about a New York comedy dance group (it’s a great episode) comes from Tulsa band, The Daddyo’s. This whole EP is lo-fi glory. I suggest “Cat Piss Queen.”
Joy Again – How You Feel
It starts with an infectious beat, spacey guitars, and by the time vocals come in...you’re hooked. The bouncy, taffy-like vocals keep me coming back to this track. Seriously, I've listened to it at least 20 times.
Vinnie Dewayne -THE ST. JOHN SCHOLAR
Chicago rapper Vinnie Dewayne employs beautiful, haunting samples and supple vocals to create tracks that stay with you all day. Dewayne might be rapping about school but it’s much more complex. Shout to a great line, “gentrify all the land” from the song “Page 37.”
Martha Ffion – Wallflower
If you need a Jenny Lewis stand in, Martha Ffion is your girl. This song is calling all the wallflowers who really just had their middle finger up against the wall this whole time.