Welcome to the Podcart playlist. This playlist is about potential. Some of the musicians on here have gained notable praise, but there is depth to their music that is notable. There’s a moment of realisation when you appreciate their talent and hope that others are drawn to it in the way you are. With love.
This week’s tracks:
DRIFT: Baby Maker
I was lucky enough to be able to have first radio play of this track on BBC Radio Scotland. The Paisley duo has created pop confectionary, treating listeners to dreamy vocals, rich production and an all-round stunning debut. I cannot wait to hear what comes next.
The Ninth Wave: A Wave Goodbye to the People Who Said I’d Win
Whilst the outfit has gone through line-up changes, their new romantic sound is still the beating heart of what they produce. I hear Kate Bush, I hear The Cure and more and still they maintain complete omnipotence.
Breathe Panel: Carmine
Every so often a strong indie song peaks the interest. This Brighton-based 4-piece are part of the new FatCat Family and with forthcoming tour dates alongside Podcart favourites Our Girl, it’s easy to see why people are getting excited. With its rich sonic texture, this is bliss.
Wells*: Born Leader
New Zealand has always provided us with an abundance of artists, especially over the last few years. Lately, it has shifted from more of an alternative focus to pop and R&B. This self-produced debut stands out. It has the ability to sit both within the commercial and more leftfield pools stylistically and is a complete earworm.
Saint Sister: You Never Call (James Vincent McMorrow Remix)
Vincent McMorrow has taken the Irish duo’s original and combined experimentalism, pop and chilled-out electronica to produce something endearing, intoxicating and glowing with creation.
Nadine Khouri: A New Dawn
The intimacy that Khouri creates here is jaw-dropping. Her vocal is nothing short of sensational. It conjures an image of sitting at dusk watching nature’s stillness and basking in the sounds of water lapping its surroundings.
Billie Marten: Mice
This feels like a culmination of growth for the singer-songwriter. A melancholy ballad blanketed with a vocal that breathes through your bones and calms any insecurities.
Laura Jean Anderson: Thinkin Bout You
Her chromatic vocal acts as an instrumental in itself and when it meanders through the delicate orchestration underpinning the song, this turns into something deeply romantic, no matter how doomed that romanticism is, this is a compelling listen.
Saba Abraha: Utopia
The Ethiopian songstress continues to produce hit after hit. The idiosyncracies within the percussive aspects of this song work perfectly with her serene vocal. As a listener, you travel through her influences, but also her roots. Beat-heavy tangents and pulsating synths take this somewhere somewhat unexpected, but it creates something superbly tenacious.
Sarah Davachi: Gloaming
A contradictive score, this creates unease and tranquillity in equal measure. The orchestral simplicity, drones and atmospherics within the composition and production are almost regal at times, but the space within the piece ironically feels unsettlingly claustrophobic. This is opulent, chilling and completely fascinating.