So, something I always intended to do when starting this was to put together end of month mixes ala FWBA when that was still up and running. Not everyone has the time or the wherewithal to go hunting down the Hype Machine etc all day every day trying to find something to replace the endless Toto that is on everyone’s playlist. Yes, it is always total. So, voila!
Now, not everything in this playlist has been featured on Beer For The Ear this month. It’s purely a sense of choice. There is far too much music out there to continuously share everything I think worthwhile and, inevitably, I feel it is just as important to showcase acts that you may not find otherwise as opposed to the latest releases by bigger names. Don’t get me wrong, if I think something is worth sharing from a massive name I will 100% put it in, but I think most of my readers will already be aware of some of the larger presences. So this mix is a combination of my favourite featured posts and some of the other stuff I’ve had on repeat this month for you all to peruse at your leisure.
How did I miss this? I can answer my own question there I guess. The process of regularly making time to blog means that, inevitably, when I regain focus I am rusty in my musical tentacle reach. I’m like a sleepy hipster octopus.
Honeymilk’s latest single Trip, sneaking past me like a ninja going to the toilet at midnight, is a 2003-style indie hit in the making. If you put Belle & Sebastian and garage rock in the Hadron Collider, Honeymilk would be the end product. The Belle & Sebastian comparison is apt for the band. Both artists construct morose lyrical procedures that are offset by jaunty, almost optimistic musical arrangements. Despite being Swedish, the Stockholm natives’ approach speaks to my British sensibilities of being chipper in the face of certain disaster. Think Hugh Grant in a beanie hat living in contemporary Shoreditch.
Trip was released June 14th on Birds Records and is available now, so what have you got lose by checking it out on Spotify? Look out for their sophomore album dropping Autumn this year.