I’ve listened to way more music this year than I have in the past, and this is most likely due to a certain collaborative playlist on Spotify. The assignment of adding five new songs each Sunday means that I have to do music discovering on my own. AKA I listen to my Discover Weekly and let it do all the heavy lifting for me. Discover Weekly is how I discovered two out of the four artists on this list: Jake Scott, and Jackson Guthy. The “Similar to Jackson Guthy” thing that Spotify does is how I discovered Kayden.
The last one, Judah & the Lion, is a band I heard about from Clara at midnight mind. One of her posts on Clara & Co. (I think it was this one) was photography plus song recommendations–a great combination–and some of them were by Judah & the lion. I remember listening to them and thinking, nope this is not for me it’s too aggressive. But then over this past Christmas break, I saw Judah & the Lion on Clara’s Instagram story and decided to try listening to them again. This time it was fantastic.
For each of the albums, I’m going to (with great struggle) list a song to try from it and then (with less but still a good amount of struggle) describe the “sound”. And include any comments that feel pertinent.
Kayden // so much has changed
most of the beats are on the more upbeat side + some techno-y background sounds + feels like something you would hear on top hits radio but less angst
I’m surprised that I like this album, but I really do. In a span of maybe one or two days, I’m pretty sure I listened to all five of Kayden’s albums, some of them more than once. They’re pretty long too. Three of the albums are from 2018 alone–that is crazy. Then he only released one album in 2019, but hopefully 2020 will be another multi-album year. The progression the titles make is cool. Here they are in order of release: Forever, Moments, Endings, Beginnings, so much has changed.
Judah & the Lion // Pep Talk
loud + aggressive percussion + from Spotify: a heart-pounding whirl of folk, bluegrass, rock, hip-hop, and electronic production
I’m surprised I like this album too. It’s like when you suddenly realize you like a food that you’ve never liked before, and you’re like, when did my taste buds change?? But in a music sense. If you have the same reaction that I had my first time listening to them–that it’s too aggressive–I would say 1) I know all artists think about the order of their songs, but I think listening to this album in order is especially important and 2) this album is about one of band member’s family and world falling apart. The second thing is what makes the album so much better and clearer for me.
Jackson Guthy // Stories
no techno stuff, just his voice and accompaniment + percussion is definitely not aggressive but not soft either
Jackson Guthy only has this one album with five songs, but I listened to this one album on repeat so many times. I think part of it was that all the songs sounded the same to me at first (they still sound pretty similar to me now even though they’re not really), so it kind of felt like I was listening to one big sound.
Jake Scott // Lie
in the middle between slow and dance party music + pop sounds + a bit of techno-voice + lowkey piano/drums/accompaniment
This album is like a collection of three-minute-long love stories. All nine of them are distinct. The only thing I can think of to compare these to is Taylor Swift’s old songs. But while her songs are more like short movies with plot, his songs are more like jars of light that capture the feeling of a relationship. Like the BFG and his dream catcher! There, that’s the right analogy. Also, two cool things about Jake Scott. He releases a song every month, and he’s on tour right now with Sawyer, a duo of which one of the members is an alumni from my school.
If you have Spotify, I made a playlist with my favorite songs from all four albums.
Have you listened to any of these albums before?
What have you listened to on repeat this year?
Do you use Spotify, Apple, or Amazon?