For years, I’ve relied on my friend Matt to make me hip to new music (since all of my playlists are basically, eternally, 90s alt/pop). A few months ago, he invited me to a private listserv of sorts where he routinely shares an album or a playlist, along with a few words about his selection. He’s a new dad, so what I can only assume were the intervening weeks between birth and “hey, I not a total walking zombie anymore,” the listserv went quiet. It’s back up and running—and thank you baby jesus—because we’re in the midst of watching the election fall to pieces, and this was exactly what I needed.
The beautiful thing about the listserv is that I would almost never select these albums for myself, yet Matt makes the recommendation, I listen, and then I’m glad I did.
After some nudging, Matt has finally turned his private playlist into a TinyLetter mysteriously called Suspension-Solution. And now more people can now enjoy his musical genius. Whew.
While you’re waiting for the next edition (which comes out soon), check out a few of Matt’s recent recommendations below.
Bon Iver – 22, A Million
“You start to get a feel for where [Justin] Vernon has always wanted to go – he’ s really put down the guitar for most of this, has become very connected to auto-tune, plugged in samples and his computer, and still plays the same old slightly detuned piano he used for “I Can’ t Make You Love Me/Nick Of Time.” This record will end up on many year end best of lists.”
Kishi Bashi – 151a
“A violinist by trade, it’s a multi-faceted album with acoustic instruments, loops, interesting sounds, some auto tune (in a good way) …You’re going to swear you’ve heard some of this before – and you have – but it’s still interesting and fresh to me.”
The Bad Plus – It’s Hard
“When i was in college radio, once per semester i would dedicate an entire two hour show to nothing but covers. I tried to not be obscure with the songs, but sometimes finding bands would go way into the depths of the music library. If i were doing that show today, I would likely just start by putting this album on, pressing play, and walking away.”