Albums I Love Lately (May 2024)

There’s nothing better than taking a walk while listening to music. While we live in the age of the playlist, nothing beats the original music curation: an artist carefully constructing an album.

Here are three records I’ve had on repeat of late:

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Gang of Youths — Go Farther in Lightness (2017)

I think the reason I’m seven years late to this band is because of their name. I’m not sure what it is about “Gang of Youths”, but it doesn’t move me to put on my headphones and pull up their Spotify page. But being the immense fan of The National that I am, I was recommended Gang of Youths as a band I might like, and I’m always up for listening to a new song. In this case, one song became two, became five, became the whole damn album of Go Farther In Lightness.

When I think about this album, the first word that comes to mind is EPIC. Like truly, it’s an epic, with the songs flowing so cohesively from one to the next that it creates a complete story. I need to listen to it straight through at least five more times before I begin to comprehend its genius (a word I’m loathe to use, but is fitting here.)

Listening to it, I feel emboldened, and relaxed, and every other juxtaposed feeling in between. I feel wholly myself. I may have been seven years late to the album, but I’m quickly making up for lost time.

Favorite Tracks (Subject to Change):

Keep Me In the Open

Achilles Come Down

Let Me Down Easy

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Maggie Rogers — Don’t Forget Me (2024)

Maggie is such a mysterious person to me. I mean, it doesn’t have to be like this, I could simply go to her social media profiles or pull up video interviews she’s given and learn all about her and her process. But that’s what I always do with the people who make stuff I like; I find out every single thing about them so I can understand how they tick. This time though, I dunno, I’m finding it pleasurable to take her music as it’s presented, unblemished by outside influence.

Maggie sings low key anthems about making the jump to being a full-fledged, well-rounded human being. As someone striving for the same, it’s nice to go through the oft harrowing journey together.

Art is forever in the eye of the beholder, and for as clearly as I see who Maggie is through her music, the art of her mystery is a perspective I’m happy to uphold.

Favorite Tracks (Subject to Change):

It Was Coming Along


Don’t Forget Me

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Chappell Roan — The Rise and Fall of a Midwest Princess (2023)

Chappell is a classic reminder for myself to not judge a book by its cover. When it comes to music, I usually don’t go for anything that looks like camp, because I find its staying power tends to be lacking, and I’m interested in long-term sounds. Chappell Roan will be here for awhile.

It starts to make more sense when I look into her past; Chappell began her career by singing ballads dressed as a typical sad-girl singer-songwriter (no shade, that’s one of my favorite genres), but when she struggled to gain traction, she opted to let loose and become a larger-than-life character on-stage, one who belts big loud sounds.

Underneath that though is still the woman with a stunning voice writing passionate songs with great lyrics AKA my sweet spot. So I’ve gathered the firewood, set up a tent, cracked a beer .. I’m ready for camp.

Favorite Tracks (Subject to Change):

Red Wine Supernova

My Kink is Karma

Pink Pony Club

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