Featuring Music From 2018
I know what you’re thinking: who is this blogger chick and why is she telling me what music to listen to? So let me first acknowledge: taste is subjective. I like what I like. You like what you like. If you listen to Justin Timberlake’s horrendous Cave Man album (or whatever it’s called) in the shower, I think that’s great. #YOLO #instalife
But here’s the deal… I like music…and writing… a lot.
And I’m not just an appreciator. I play music. I’ve played guitar for 15 years and have toured myself – four times. I understand what goes into making music, releasing records and promotion. And even with all my disillusionment of the music industry, I still love music.
I also love writing. I have an MFA in fiction from CU Boulder. I’ve also managed to build a career as a writer in marketing (I like to joke that marketing is where artists go to make a living). As you can probably guess, any way I can blend words and music is the sweet spot. One really simple way I get to do this every day is listening to music at my desk, and I know I’m not alone here. For all those writers or desk jockeys who listen to music to find a productive groove, this one’s for you. The best part: all this music is brand new, so next time you’re around your music snob friend (like me), you’ll steal the show.
Note: These are categorized by mood.
Fists of Fury – Kamasi Washington
Black Car – Beach House
Come to Pass – Mutual Benefit
Lazy Love – Tanukichlan
Black Moon / Silver Waves – Phosphorescent
Grow into a Ghost – Swearin
Extraordinary Love – Erika Wennerstrom
The Bug Collector – Haley Hendreickx
Jupiter 4 – Sharon Van Etten
Parking Lot – Grouper
Wait by the River – Lord Heron
Wished Out – Carl Bromel
Light On – Pinegrove
Recover – Bill Ryder Jones
Slow Burn – Kacey Musgraves
Slow Disco (piano version) – St. Vincent
Mariners Apartment Complex – Lana Del Rey
The Louder I call, the Faster it Runs – Wye Oak
Chemicals – Gregory Alan Isakov
Dancing with Myself (at My Desk)
Because it’s in the Music- Robyn
See How – Young Fathers
MALAMENTE – ROSALIA
Pynk – Janelle Monae feat. Grimes
Saturn – Nao feat. Kwabs
Ace – No Name
Heaven’s Only Wishful – MorMor
Your Own – SALES
One Trick Ponies – Kurt Vile
Funeral Singers – Sylvan Esso
Why Didn’t You Stop Me? – Mitski
Sunlit Sparks – Rubblebucket
SGL – Now, Now
Baby Luv – Nilufer Yanya
4 Leaf Clover – Ravyn Lenae feat. Steve Lacy
It Gets Better (With Time) – The Internet
Nice for What – Drake
Falling into Me – Let’s Eat Grandma
Rosebud – US Girls
Talia – King Princess
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