split screens hail from san francisco and tend to embody some of the distinct musical traits associated with the bay area: concise melody, sunny disposition, and a penchant for throwing wonderful, unexpected curveballs.
july has been a progressive month. wide varieties of musical trajectories have been pursued, to a wide variety of generally positive results. from lo-fi to electronic to hip-hop to folk, there wasn’t a genre represented that didn’t offer up something to truly be reckoned with. i’ll start with the customary list of albums before whittling my way down through the month’s noteworthy tracks.
the self-titled debut from alvvays was a pleasant surprise this summer. front-loaded with earworms and back-heavy with introspection,
j mascis has catapulted back into the spotlight ever since reuniting the original dinosaur jr. in 2005.
we’ve been following mannequins on 7th street in earnest ever since their dark, soothing synth pop began appearing on soundcloud late last year.
my long and storied history with pop music probably isn’t much different than others who are roughly my age.
sharon van etten’s are we there is an arresting body of work, largely due to her sheer prowess as a songwriter and a perceptive knack for effectively setting - and resetting - moods.
daughter - smother (tennyson remix)