The Dark Sounds Of Spring: A Short Playlist

Spring has been sounding good.

I’ve had a lot of new music to listen to in the last several weeks, although I can’t say it’s been all warm and sunny sounds.

Where should I begin?

How about with Omaha, Neb., band Conduits? They definitely bring to mind the shoegaze bands of the 90s (Ride, Slowdive, Lush — great bands to hold up as inspiration, to be sure), but do something all their own. Conduits’ new album just came out last month.

The first time I heard Mirel Wagner I got really excited. Her song “No Death” is so sparse and haunting, and I immediately wanted to hear more. She also just released a new album on U.S. shores.

Neil Young fans will recognize this track off the new Chromatics album, “Kill for Love.” The Chromatics were featured on the “Drive” soundtrack, so they may sound familiar to you.

The new Beach House song “Myth” doesn’t have a video yet, but you can listen to it here. It is a beautiful song that I’ve taken to listening to on repeat for 30 minutes at a time. I can’t help it. Too. Awesome.

The male vocalists out there better step up their game, because now that I look at things, I’ve been listening to a lot of female-fronted bands of late.

Wait, I guess there is this — the first song to be released from the upcoming Soulsavers album. The vocals are by Dave Gahan. Yeah, that guy who is better known as the lead vocalist of my favorite band in the whole wide world, Depeche Mode. I don’t know about a soulsaver, but this song is a soul searcher.


2 thoughts on “The Dark Sounds Of Spring: A Short Playlist

  1. I liked them all. Except Mirel Wagner. I mean, the song was really powerful, and not something I wanted to listen too. Too powerful, too painful, too raw for me.

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