Profile, Texture, Form

120 / May 2020 / Kristin Kelly

  1. RiverLeon Bridges
  2. Higher LoveKygo x Whitney Houston
  3. The Running Styles of New YorkTallest Man On Earth
  4. Words UnderlinedJesse Marchant
  5. HallelujahHaim
  6. WildflowersThe Wailin' Jennys
  7. Blinding LightsThe Weeknd
  8. For YouLaura Marling
  9. Deep in LoveBonny Light Horseman
  10. 666Sugar Candy Mountain
  11. I Want You Will Love MeFiona Apple

It’s the last day of May. Can we call this me being oppositionally punctual? A groundhog who eats its tail to spite its nose. Do groundhogs even have tails? I thought the weeds in my yard were frothing at the mouth, but turns out, it’s the seasonal descent of froghopper spittlebugs, who hide in clouds of their own suds during feedings. Sounds about right. These days, it’s hard to not feel like a poorly executed decoupage made from scraps of old t-shirts and trashy magazines you’ve tried to purge your house of over the course of the past few months, part of a larger goal to be both simpler and more extravagantly creative, inspired by a Zoom tutorial you took with your friends to support a local artist and stay connected with your community. A woman in a podcast I’ve become reliant on says she misses the profile of a face, a person's texture and form. It made me stop what I was doing and cry. One day, we’ll emerge from the sudsy foam of our organized homes, rub our screen-fried eyes, and meet for a drink…maybe it’ll be at a Burnmix barbeque, and it’s a cold beer someone hands you and you take without thought. Until then, we’ll always have the music.

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  1. Leon Bridges / River

    This wasn’t on tap for the first song until a couple days ago, when the world's trending refrain changed from “They can’t cancel the spring” to “George Floyd: remember his name.” It’s a song that feels like solace, beauty, pain, and strength.

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    Leon Bridges (born Todd Michael Bridges on July 13, 1989) is an American gospel and soul singer, songwriter and record producer from Fort Worth, Texas. Bridges began performing in and around Fort Worth, Texas and stirred up music industry interest with analog recordings, produced by Justin Block and Austin Jenkins of White Denim, which were uploaded to his SoundCloud page. Signed to major-label Columbia, his first singles -- including a rich ballad Read more on more...

  2. Kygo x Whitney Houston / Higher Love

    A great cover and mix. Dance party material. The kind at 6pm in your kitchen and the pajamas you woke up in, with your kids.

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    Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll (born 1991), commonly known by his stage name Kygo, is a Norwegian musician and remixer. He has collaborated with artists such as Selena Gomez, Ellie Goulding and Imagine Dragons, and remixed tracks by the likes of Whitney Houston, Ed Sheeran, and Coldplay. Kygo's videos have been viewed over 3 billion times on YouTube. Kygo started to learn to play the piano at age six through lessons. He decided to have a go at remixes and creating electronic music after discovering Avicii at age 15-16. Read more on more...

  3. Tallest Man On Earth / The Running Styles of New York

    A really atmospherically, geographically, and lyrically apt song for the moment. "And a lifetime gently now sits on the stairs to my home."

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  4. Jesse Marchant / Words Underlined

    If GAI and JK had a love child, this is how he'd sing.

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    Jesse Marchant is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Read more on more...

  5. Haim / Hallelujah

    This just makes me miss my friend.

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    HAIM (pronounced HY-əm) is an American rock band hailing from Los Angeles, California. The band consists of sisters Este Arielle Haim (born March 14, 1986), Danielle Sari Haim (born February 16, 1989) and Alana Mychal Haim (born December 15, 1991), along with drummer Dash Hutton (son of Danny Hutton and previously a member of the bands Wires on Fire and Slang Chicken) and keyboardist Tommy King. Most frequently compared to Fleetwood Mac, HAIM's sound Read more on more...

  6. The Wailin' Jennys / Wildflowers

    A nice pairing with the previous song. I like the slight changes they make to the original. And killer harmonies, obviously.

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    The Wailin' Jennys is a Canadian folk music trio originating in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Their name is a pun on country singer Waylon Jennings. Since forming in 2002 when a local music shop brought together three solo acts for a performance, the trio has released a series of albums, two of which have won Juno Awards, Canada's top music industry award. Their album "40 Days" won the "Roots and Traditional Album of the Year by a Group" in 2005, as did their album "Bright Morning Stars" in 2012. Read more on more...

  7. The Weeknd / Blinding Lights

    Heavy hitter on Tik Tok and the like, but catchy as hell. It was part of the kitchen dance party, on repeat. I recommend busting out all your 80's moves. Also, if you have not watched this yet, please do. And consider yourself challenged.

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    Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, born 16 February 1990, known professionally as The Weeknd (pronounced the weekend), is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. In late 2010, Tesfaye anonymously uploaded several songs to YouTube under the name "The Weeknd". He released three nine-track mixtapes throughout 2011: House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence, which were critically acclaimed. In 2012, he released a compilation album Trilogy, thirty tracks consisting of the remastered mixtapes and three additional songs. Read more on more...

  8. Laura Marling / For You

    This whole album of hers has been a slow burn for me. I had a hard time choosing the song. Obvious Joni Mitchell influences here.

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    Laura Marling (born 1st February 1990) is a folk singer/songwriter/guitarist from Eversley, United Kingdom. She began playing the guitar at the age of five, first being taught the blues by her father in front of the family fire, and has been enthralled by the songs and lyrics of the likes of Neil Young, Bob Dylan, James Taylor and John Mayall ever since. It’s not just the “golden-oldies” that Laura admires; she also harbours a rather deep love for alt. Read more on more...

  9. Bonny Light Horseman / Deep in Love

    This makes me want to drive a long distance and stop in a field. Meet a friend there.

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    Bonny Light Horseman is a three-piece band comprising Fruit Bats’ frontman Eric D. Johnson, singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, and guitarist Josh Kaufman. Read more on more...

  10. Sugar Candy Mountain / 666

    The anti-dance party. With possible satanic leanings. But pretty. Matt and I heard it on my 40th birthday, when we spent a night at Porches. Stars in the sky, no one asking us to cut their apples. The trip was relaxing and a little magical. That's how the song feels to me.

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    Sugar Candy Mountain are a psychedelic duo from Oakland, California, principally made up of founders Ash Reiter (vocals and keyboard) and Will Halsey (guitar and drums) as a recording project in 2010. Now, with their latest LP Mystic Hits - a 13-track concoction of reverb-heavy jams - released late 2013, they have added Bryant Dennison (guitar), Tom Edler (bass) and Mike Fortes (vocals and keys) to their ensemble. Citing Os Mutantes and The Beach Boys among their inspirations Read more on more...

  11. Fiona Apple / I Want You Will Love Me

    This was a contender for first song. Not because I love it. In truth, I can't tell if I love or hate it. Maybe both. But I heard it when out running, trying to negotiate face-sweating into an itchy mask, and I heard it and thought, "This is what this whole f-ing thing feels like to me, in this moment." The discord, the crazy, the moment of beautiful reprieve, then back to the absurd. I thought I'd end on it, in case you wish to skip. BUT if you make it to the end of all of it, you will get to hear a porpoise orgasm.

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    Fiona Apple (Fiona Apple McAfee Maggart, born September 13, 1977) is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. Her albums, Tidal (1996), When the Pawn... (1999), Extraordinary Machine (2005), The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (2012), and Fetch the Bolt Cutters (2020), have sold over five million copies worldwide. Born in Manhattan, New York, United States, Apple made her break into the music industry when a friend Read more on more...

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