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Today, we jump back into the "New Music" playlist... Let's dive right in!
"Monsters" by Chris J. Connolly
First up, we have singer-songwriter Chris J. Connolly with another fine track from his album Moving Maps. This album is more band oriented than his previous effort. Connollly was born in the U.K., but he is based now in Long Island. I have really been digging this album of late.
"Nightwalker" by Phantoms vs Fire
Phantoms vs. Fire return to the shuffle with another track from Swim which was released early in 2018. Phantoms vs. Fire is the solo project of Italian-Brazilian artist Thiago C. Desant who is also a graphic artist. Swin is electronic music that incorporates traditional instruments, synthesizers, and orchestral arrangements. It is bold, inventive, and original music."Without Woman" by Nicholas Merz
Next, we have another track from The Limits of Men - the debut solo release by singer-songwriter Nicholas Merz of the Seattle band Darto. I could not find a video for this track, but you can here this song below:
"Blue River" by Eric Andersen
I have to admit that before I dove into The Essential Eric Andersen, I was woefully unaware of his impressive catalog and career. Following a path blazed by Bob Dylan - Andersen honed his craft in Greenwich Village and then came to Nashville to make his landmark Blue River album - with some of the original Nashville Cats backing him. This is the title track from that album - which I now consider essential listening.
"This Town" by Amilia K. Spicer
California songwriter Amilia K. Spicer's album Wow and Flutter has been a favorite around here since I first heard it. As we make out way through the final few tracks, that opinion has only grown. This song really hit me in a good way this morning.
"Trouble in Paris" by Eric Andersen
Jumping ahead sixteen years from Blue River, Andersen's journey took him to Europe and the influence of the "Continent" on his music would be felt for years and album. This is from his 1988 album Ghosts Upon the Road, and it is an amazingly evocative song.
"Strange Stubborn Proud" by ELYXR
We close with a recent single from Seattle electronic artist ELYXR who team with Kurt Harland Larson of the Minneapolis band Information Society - best known for their 1988 hit sinlge, "What's on Your Mind? (Pure Energy)" which featured a sample of Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock saying "Pure Energy". ELYXR's music - while influenced by 80s synth-pop - also incorporates modern electropop production. This is a cool single and a great way to close out my shuffle for today.