Have your Spotify playlists gotten stale? Isn’t your weekly mix just cutting it off? Maybe it’s time to branch out and listen to something new. The board of directors of WRMC, the Middlebury College radio station, have selected a wonderfully wide range of albums, spanning time and genre, for your listening pleasure. Consult these recommendations to accompany you all summer, and listen to the roundup here on Spotify.
* RIYL (recommended if desired)
Creative Director’s Choice – Chad Kim ’23 .5
Album: “Sauropoda ‘ – Lightning
Favorite song from the album: “Beaver MacDavid “
Kind: Psych Jazz / Funk
RIYL: Beyond the Seasons, Pink Floyd, Los Bitchos
Presentation text: If you’re looking to be wowed into a sundrunk reverie, then Lightning can provide the funky beats and pristine synth transitions to guide you there. The Lightning is made up of seven types of Frank Zappa – indicative of a successful cloning experiment – who have mastered their own unique instrument. Each member of the band holds your attention and invites you to live the experience as they play in perfect harmony. All the songs they have released so far immerse you in deep funk and “Sauropoda” is a delicately curated gateway album to this psychedelic solar storm. Get out of here and go listen to it outside!
Music Director’s Choice – George Werner ’21
Album: “The house at sea “ – Amor de DÃas
Favorite song from the album: “The house at sea”
Kind: Dream pop
RIYL: The Clientele, Papercuts, Cass McCombs, Still Corners, classical guitar
Presentation text: Originally the side project between Clientele’s Alasdair MacLean and Pipas’ Lupe NÃºÃ±ez-FernÃ¡ndez, Amor’s 2013 album âThe House at Seaâ offers a soothing and easily listenable collage of fleeting images. The classical guitar is present on many tracks, flooded with a strong nostalgia, offering scenes of beaches and passing clouds. If you’re looking for a bilingual soundtrack for a slow day on an empty seashore, you could do a lot worse than put on “The House at Sea”.
Technical Director’s Choice – Maddie Van Beek ’22 .5
Album: âActual Life (April 14 – December 17, 2020)â – Fred again.
Favorite song from the album: “Kyle (I found you)” or “Angie (I was lost)”
Kind: Dance / electronic
RIYL: FKA Twigs, Tourist, Jayda G, TSHA, Ross from Friends, Brian Eno
Presentation text: British producer Fred put this album together again by sampling ‘real life’. Over the course of eight months, he’s curated snippets of personal FaceTime conversations, iPhone videos, and clips from YouTube and Instagram, then turned them into an equally thoughtful and catchy series of songs that flow seamlessly together.
Music Director’s Choice – Dan Frazo ’23
Album: “Guantanamo Bay Surf Club Â»- Guantanamo Bay Surf Club
Favorite song from the album: “Escargot Blues â,â Georgia Make âorâ Homesick of Home â
Kind: Alternative Rock, Surf Rock
RIYL: Atta Boy, Ezra Bell, Dan & Drum, Flipturn, Richy Mitch and the Coal Miners
Presentation text: The name âGuantanamo Bay Surf Clubâ was conceived in Havana, Cuba when the group was invited upon arrival in the country to go surfing with former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. While the Colorado-based trio aren’t surfers, they certainly know how to have a good time. Their self-titled album was released in 2017 and is the perfect addition to any hangout. Between the groovy hookups of songs like “Escargot Blues” and the sweet lo-fi beats of “Georgia Make”, the Guantanamo Bay Surf Club pairs well with summer delights such as enjoying an adult drink with friends or falling asleep. in the sun, fully knowing Well you’re going to wake up with a nasty line of sunglasses.
Creative Director’s Choice – Pia Contreras ’22
Album: “Colors â- J Balvin
Favorite song from the album: “Azul “
RIYL: Bad Bunny, Ozuna, Maluma
Presentation text: What is better than an album with coordinated colors? Very little. Combine that with some reggaeton, and you’ve got something really awesome! This album assigns a color to each of its songs according to what they “feel”, a fun concept that plays in the very different moods of each of the tracks. I highly recommend listening to it, especially if you want to relax or just want to dance some energy pent up out of your system.
Social Media Manager – Jose Morales ’22
Album: “: 3 “- Axolotes Mexicanos
Favorite song: “Verano en Espiral âorâ Cara de Idiota â
Kind: Indie Pop, Punk, J-Pop
RIYL: Los BonsÃ¡is, Las Annettes, CariÃ±o
Presentation text: Axolotes Mexicanos are a group based in Madrid and their latest project â: 3â is fun and energetic. Their loud guitars remind you of an indie punk track, but they also create a pop and J-pop production for an interesting and exciting sound.