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#265: Arlo Parks, “Collapsed in Sunbeams”

Feel-good pop doesn’t seem to fulfil its promise these days. But Arlo Parks‘s debut album, “Collapsed in Sunbeams”, manages to bring a little bit of sunlight-infused pop into our hearts and ears. Extra points for the poetic-feel and the whimsical but very accurate Portra 400 reference.

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#264: James Yorkston, “The Wide, Wide River”

In a surprising contender for first new exceptional album of the year, James Yorkston teams up with Swedish folk-rock-ish outfit The Second Hand Orchestra to deliver “The Wide, Wide River”, a “krautfolk” machine that got us hooked at first listen.

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#243: Mike Polizze, “Long Lost Solace Find”

 Bolachas Now Playing, a new music Spotify playlist, updated every Wednesday. 

Purling Hiss frontman Mike Polizze has gone solo, and the result is our album of the week, “Long Lost Solace Find”. With a little help from buddy Kurt Vile and engineer Jeff Zeigler (KV, the War on Drugs, etc), he’s crafted one of the nicest feel-good folk-pop records of the season. Go get it while it’s hot.

+: new tracks by Robert ForsterCool SoundsCayucasS.G. GoodmanLe RenLaura VeirsHen OgleddSorryThe Lemon TwigsSurfer Blood (with Pip Blom), Fontaines D.C.Hockey DadThee Oh SeesKatie DeyDavid Bruno Luka KuplowskyMadeline KenneyHeartless BastardsAngel OlsenLand of TalkLomelda, Thomas Bartlett, Jerry David DeCiccaBlitzen TrapperCut Worms, and The Slim Kings.

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#239: Willie Nelson, “First Rose of Spring”

We’re not writing anything about our album of the week, not because we’re lazy, but because we’re talking about the new Willie Nelson record and if you need an introduction to him you need to be pulled from that cave first. Plus: new tracks by Sufjan StevensEd Askew BandJames ElkingtonThe Dead TonguesCut WormsCool SoundsTommy AlexanderGrady StrangeTrummors, Nathan Ma, Jason Molina MusicSend MedicineThis Is The KitPorridge RadioMadeline KenneySAMIARon GalloDelta SpiritFontaines D.C.Les Big ByrdBananagunMulatu Astatke (Official Artist Page) & Black Jesus Experience (BJX)Ezra Feinberg, and Jeremy Cunningham & Dustin Laurenzi.