And welcome back to this little thing I do every three months, adding twenty five new tracks to a multiple part playlist that soundtracks each year as it passes. If you missed part one for the first three months of 2022, you can find it here.
This year’s first quarter was very much same-same, continuing the pandemic trend that I’ve been living for what seems like an eternity, but in contrast, the last three months have been anything but status quo. The Ontario government continued with its plans of reopening, the lifting of restrictions and mandates, and the people have been slowly dipping their toes back into society, yours truly, a little more slowly than most.
In May, we discovered a new meteorological term called ‘derecho’ firsthand. The fast moving cluster of storms tore a swathe through Ontario and Quebec, travelling more than 1000 km from Windsor to Quebec City in an afternoon and wreaking havoc* along the way. Personally, I didn’t see any damage to our own property and our power was only out for a mere fifty-two hours. I consider myself very lucky, given the other stories I’ve heard and the photos of damage that I’ve seen.
Then, at the end of June, I saw my first piece of live music in more than two and a half years and as serendipity would have it, the first headlining band that I got to see was the same as the last that I saw before the start of the pandemic. Of course, I instantly remembered why I loved going to shows and got over my initial anxiety of hanging in the crowds again. Over the last week or so, I’ve made a handful of returns to the biggest local music festival, Ottawa Bluesfest, and I am intending on returning to the final night tonight. (The National! Yes!)
Of course, through all this, I’ve been doing my darnedest to keep up with all the new releases and finding my favourites amongst those. So without further ado, I’ll present twenty five new tunes that have helped keep me going over the second three months of 2022. Highlights include:
- I’ve heard many say that the new album by Spiritualized is the best thing Jason Pierce has done since his 1997 album, “Ladies & gentlemen we are floating in space”… well… “Always together with you” sounds like a sequel to the title track off that iconic album
- At one minute and twenty-four seconds, “Who’s in the dark” by Jeanines is a pop gem that feels way too short, but fortunately/unfortunately, that’s this band’s M.O.
- “Tap” is an apt name for this mellow, toe-tapping indie folk ear worm by Tomberlin
- I couldn’t help myself but include both parts of “The lightning” by Arcade Fire because they fit so nicely and juxtaposed against each, they feel like a perfect revisit to their early days
- “Toast” is just pure fun bedroom pop by Fanclubwallet, a young artist who is apparently local, living right here in Ottawa
- Just Mustard is haunting and harrowing on “23”, sounding not a little like the gothic dream pop of 90s rockers, Cranes
- With its ominous bassline and frittering synth washes, “Shotgun, the advance single off Soccer Mommy‘s third album makes for a great outro
Here is the entire playlist as I’ve created it:
1. “Rubberneckers” Christian Lee Hutson (from the album Quitters)
2. “Be by your side” Pillow Queens (from the album Leave the light on)
3. “Ur mom” Wet Leg (from the album Wet Leg)
4. “Always together with you” Spiritualized (from the album Everything was beautiful)
5. “Louis” Charlotte Rose Benjamin (from the album Dreamtina)
6. “Who’s in the dark” Jeanines (from the album Don’t wait for a sign)
7. “Looking backward” Melody’s Echo Chamber (from the album Emotional eternal)
8. “Messy roomz” Frontperson (from the album Parade)
9. “Hall of mirrors” Let’s Eat Grandma (from the album Two ribbons)
10. “Tap” Tomberlin (from the album I don’t know who needs to hear this)
11. “Nervous breakdown” Pink Mountaintops (from the album Peacock Pools)
12. “The lightning I & II” Arcade Fire (from the album WE)
13. “Mistakes” Sharon Van Etten (from the album We’ve been going about this all wrong)
14. “Young and stupid” Belle and Sebastian (from the album A bit of previous)
15. “You will never work in television again” The Smile (from the album A light for attracting attention)
16. “The amarillo kid” Craig Finn (from the album A legacy of rentals)
17. “U can be happy if U want to” Porridge Radio (from the album Waterslide, diving board, ladder to the sky)
18. “Toast” Fanclubwallet (from the album You have got to be kidding me)
19. “Wow” Tess Parks (from the album And those who were seen dancing)
20. “Bad love” Dehd (from the album Blue skies)
21. “Pretenders” Stars (from the album From Capelton Hill)
22. “23” Just Mustard (from the album Heart under)
23. “All the flowers” Angel Olsen (from the album Big time)
24. “Anti-glory” Horsegirl (from the album Versions of modern performance)
25. “Shotgun” Soccer Mommy (from the album Sometimes, forever)
Those of you who are on the Apple Music train can click here to sample the above tracks as a whole playlist.
And as always, wherever you are in the world, I hope you are safe and continue to be well. Above all, enjoy the tunes.
*The photo for this playlist’s cover is one that I took of a couple of gigantic trees that were torn up by their roots at the end of my street.
If you’re interested in checking out any of the other playlists I’ve created and shared on these pages, you can peruse them here.