Since I’m constantly listening to music from different genres, it’s no surprise that this playlist represents music from across the board. First up is Skrillex and my faves from his latest album, Recess. While he is best known for his contribution to dubstep (and this album is definitely still steeped in this genre), he does branch out a bit from it with some of these songs. The songs I was most drawn to and have included here veer a little bit off of his typical path. I’m still not completely sold on this guy, but I can say that I am a fan of some of his music!
I jump from Skrillex to Pete Yorn. This album, Back And Fourth, was released six years ago, but I’m just now getting to it. It really snuck up on me. He does that too. When you first hear his songs, they’re almost throw aways. But when you listen to them again and really hear the lyrics, that’s when you start to connect; Then the music kicks in and it’s over. At least that’s how it works for me with him. Yorn’s one of those artists that I really dig, but don’t listen to nearly enough. The four songs I’ve included in this playlist are really great. Take a few listens to really let them sink in.
The last contribution to this playlist comes from Bria Valente’s Elixer. This album was also released by Prince (her mentor) in 2009. I really am not crazy about this album. The three songs I include here are absolutely my favorites on the whole album. A couple of her songs bordered on easy listening while others had more of a jazzy quality. That jazzy quality in her voice reminded me of Amel Larrieux, an artist whom I really like. But for some reason, Ms. Valente did not stand up to the Prince test for me. I’m a huge fan of Prince, but I feel like he didn’t make the most of this young lady’s talents on this album.