“Excelsior!” is the first LP by NYC-based singer-songwriter Johanna Samuels. Produced by Sam Evian, the album features contributions by the likes of Courtney Marie Andrews, Hannah Cohen, A.O. Gerber or Lomelda’s Hannah Read. If you’ve followed us long enough, you know this means we’ve already sticked our seal of approval five times. Come for the copious namedropping, stay for some of the best lyrics of the first half of 2021.
This week on our playlist we bring you songs from two nice new records from Americans Alex Bleeker [Real Estate’s bassist] & the Freaks and Israel Nash, while also presenting new Daptone signees The Mystery Lights. There’s also new songs by Rodrigo Amarante (which happens to be Narcos’ theme song), Tindersticks, dvsn, Floating Points, Juçara Marçal, Chris Stapleton’s duet with his wife from his record Traveller, which came out a few months ago, and a cut from Kurt Vile’s latest live Spotify session. Here you go: