Each week the content writers for KCPR.org are going to publish a playlist containing a new song recommendation from each of them.
1. LINE BY LINE – JP Saxe & Maren Morris
Recommended by: Eden Baker
If you are a fan of relaxing, feel-good ballads, “Line by Line” is perfect for you. This song blends Saxe’s deeper, more masculine sound with Morris’ feminine vibe to highlight the very loving feel these two artists are able to create together. In an industry where it almost feels as though the majority of love songs are about heartbreak, “Line by Line” looks at love and relationships in a positive, hopeful manner.
2. Walkers Beware! We Drive into the Sun – Sweet Trip
Recommended by: Evan Gattuso
The cerebral dream pop/electronic duo that is Sweet Trip released “Walkers Beware! We Drive into the Sun,” their first song in over ten years. This seductive tune transports listeners into a blissful state by encompassing, smooth instrumentation and image invoking lyrics. Be on the lookout for their new album, “A Tiny House, In Secret Speeches, Polar Equals,” which will drop in Spring.
3. The Rite Kids – Dark Time Sunshine feat. R.A.P. Ferreira & Homeboy Sandman
Recommended by: M. Alex De La Cruz
The Seattle alt-hop duo are back in the rap game with a new album, “LORE,” this February. Their latest track sees them teaming up with underground heavyweights R.A.P. Ferreira (f.k.a. Milo) and Homeboy Sandman to deliver a convincing outsider anthem, in the form of dense and hyper-literate bars for nearly five minutes back to back.
4. I’m Not What You’re Looking For- Carlene Crawford
Recommended by: Kallie Kidder
Carlene went to my high school in Olympia, WA – and graduated a few years before myself. She released her album, “New Ground,” in 2016 and I would highly recommend giving it a listen – especially if you would consider yourself a fan of artists such as Corinne Bailey Rae, Ruth B., Arlo Parks, and Maggie Rogers.
5. Rio – Stray Monroe
Recommended by: Emily Brower
From their EP “We Can Always Start Over,” this is Stray Monroe’s first release since 2018. The San Diego based band has combined their original laid back indie surf sound with pop undertones to create a song that is reminiscent of a long summer beach day.
6. Crash and Burn – Maggie Lindemann
Recommended by: Sophia Pattison
This is a song off of Lindemann’s just released debut album. It heavily reminds me of “Misery Business” by Paramore and old school Avril Lavigne. She has put out multiple singles, EPs and was also in Machine Gun Kelly’s recent movie, “Downfalls High.”
7. Lo Vas A Olvidar – Billie Eilish and ROSALIA
Recommended by: Alexa Kushner
Billie Eilish sings a beautiful yet haunting Spanish ballad with Spanish singer-songwriter, Rosalia. It is about asking for forgiveness and letting go. The song is about 95% in Spanish which is something new for Eilish. Lo Vas A Olvidar will be featured on the newest “Euphoria” episode: Part 2: Jules.
8. Chemtrails Over the Country Club – Lana Del Rey
Recommended by: Jennifer Newton
This single was released last week after she announced her upcoming album “Chemtrails Over the Country Club.” After her successful album “Norman F****** Rockwell,” I’m excited to hear if she is going to have a similar sound to the Rockwell album or if, once again, she is going to change her sound to make another unique album. Fans are going to have wait until March to find out
9. CHARGER – ELIO
Recommended by: Jenna McCarthy
This song is about going through a separation with someone and not wanting to have to go back to grab what you left behind in fear of the emotions coming back. ELIO turns this into an electro-pop hit with catchy beats and fun melodies.
10. Good Days – SZA
Recommended by: Alice Sukhostavskiy
Described as a “nostalgic track,” SZA sings about love, soul-searching and rejoicing. The song is somewhat more melodic than some of SZA’s work. “Good Days” quickly became a top hit and is definitely worth a listen for fans of all music genres.
11. All My Favorite Songs – Weezer
Recommended by: Tessa Hughes
Personally, you can never go wrong with a Weezer song, especially this one. It drifts slightly away from the band’s traditional sound to a new softer one, as they utilize orchestra instrumental to elevate the mellowness of the track.