April Tracks – Mint Plus Plus Playlist 2019
Each month, we add 10 tracks to our ongoing Spotify playlist titled Mint Plus Plus Mixtape.
The National - Hairpin Turns (2019)
The National are no longer diamonds in the rough waiting to be plucked, shined, and recommended for listener cred. They're a 20 year old band with a large, consistent, critically-acclaimed discography. At this point, you're either a fan or you're slightly bemused observer of their success. I'm in the former camp and I've been loving the slight changes in sound from album to album, including the softer, spacier flourishes showcased on 'Hairpin Turns', the third single released from their upcoming album I Am Easy to Find.
Nilüfer Yanya - In Your Head (2019)
Yanya's debut LP Miss Universe plays with a variety of sounds, reminding me a lot of Feist, another artist who switches between folk, guitar rock, and jazzier, funkier sounds with ease. One of my favorite albums of the year so far.
Big Thief - U.F.O.F. (2019)
I loved Adrienne Lenker's solo album last year and am extra hyped for this new one from the full band.
Baby Dayliner - Stress X Life (2019)
Baby Dayliner's Critics Pass Away soundtracked such a specific period of my young adult life that it remains one of my favorite albums 13 years later. When he announced that he'd be releasing music again in 2017, I was ecstatic. The singles and EPs haven't stopped coming as Baby Dayliner brings us 'Stress X Life', a new,infectious track that lives on the darker end of his sound.
Outer Spaces - Children Love to Run (2019)
I'm very new to Outer Spaces but I really really dig both these tracks off their Saddle Creek 7" series release.
tricot - good morning (2019)
Imagine this as your morning alarm!
Meernaa - Good Luck (2017)
Meernaa opened for John Vanderslice on his most recent tour through the west coast and served as his backing band. 'Good Luck' was one of the standouts from their set when I caught them in Los Angeles.
Grandaddy - I Don't Wanna Live Here Anymore (2017)
I thought this was one of the highlights of Grandaddy's much-welcomed-yet-slightly-underwhelming return album in 2017. I still find time to play it every so often.
Cherry Glazerr - Wasted Nun (2019)
If you haven't listened to the new Cherry Glazerr album, do it now.
The Magnetic Fields - Lonely Highway (1994)
I think The Charm of the Highway Strip might be my favorite Magnetic Fields album. At the very least, it feels like the coolest to name as your favorite.
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