Kicking off the holiday weekend playlist is a trio of singles from Jim James (of My Morning Jacket), first new music in 3+ years from Broken Bells (James Mercer of the Shins and Danger Mouse), and the ever prolific Sufjan Stevens with a timely release.
We also have albums from up and coming artists James Alexander Bright on !K7, Advanced Suite, Naima Bock on Sub Pop.
I don’t normally include movie soundtracks, but this week has two.
- The first is from Laurent Garnier, who is one of the OG French house/techno/electronic DJs and founder of f communications label. Assuming this will be more chill than his regular releases
- The second may seem like an odd pick, even if it is from a superb movie franchise, but I think this could be worthwhile given who participated: Diana Ross & Tame Impala have a collab, Brittany Howard & Verdine White cover Shining Star, St. Vincent covers Funkytown, and includes tracks from Caroline Polachek, Thundercat , Phoebe Bridgers , Gary Clark Jr. and many more
Rounding out week are albums from Angélique Kidjo & Ibrahim Maalouf, jazz legends Bobby Previte & Charlie Hunter, and Tedeschi Trucks Band.
Happy holidays to all who are celebrating, and happy listening…
Last Week’s Distilled Gems:
Stereolab was really great, and I am happy to see them making new music.
Soccer Mommy, Ron Trent, Damien Jurado, Goose and Brian Jonestown Massacre are all worth re-listening. I also liked the Music For Dreams album, but you need to like balearic chillout.
I was super excited for and wanted to like JB Dunckel’s album more than I did, but it sure was nice hear the familiar Air sounds and production value.
This Week's New Releases
|Everything in one playlist for easy consumption:|
|MUSIC:reflections for 2022-07-01|
|Jim James – Read Between [ single ]|
|Broken Bells – We’re Not In Orbit Yet… [ single ]|
|Sufjan Stevens – Fourth of July [ single ]|
|James Alexander Bright – Float [ album ]|
indie, electronic, soul
|Imagine Dragons – Mercury – Acts 1 & 2 [ album ]|
|Laurent Garnier – Entre la vie et la mort [ soundtrack ]|
|Advanced Suite – Hidden In Plain Sight [ album ]|
downtempo, balearic, electronic
|Angélique Kidjo & Ibrahim Maalouf – Queen of Sheba [ album ]|
world music, jazz
|Naima Bock – Giant Palm [ album ]|
on Sub Pop
|Various Artists – Minions: The Rise of Gru [ soundtrack ]|
pop, indie rock, alternative
|Bobby Previte & Charlie Hunter – 12 Galaxies [ album ]|
jazz, funk, blues
|Tedeschi Trucks Band – I Am The Moon: II. Ascension [ album ]|