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On the CMU stereo 2019 – Spring

By | Published on Thursday 12 December 2019

Holly Herndon

It’s time for part two of our playlist rounding up 40 of our favourite tracks of 2019. Now, in our loose grouping of releases by season, we reach spring. While our winter playlist features a heavy dose of pop, things turn more experimental here.

At the most extreme end of that experimentation is probably Holly Herndon, who built her own singing AI to collaborate with on a record that ends up surprisingly warm and human as a result.

Elsewhere there’s Dave, whose psychotherapy-themed concept album is a continuously rewarding record, and a deserving winner of that Mercury prize. For this playlist, we’ve selected the album’s opening track, ‘Psycho’, which, like all good musicals, sets up the story about to unfold, and as a result has numerous emotional u-turns.

As well as experimentation, this playlist also features some real attention to the craft of songwriting. There are some wildly different examples of writing engaging and exciting music that lives on in the memory long after it’s been heard.

Listen to all 20 tracks we’ve revealed so far in our Spotify playlist here, and take a look at the most recent ten here:

Shhe – Eyes Shut
Dave – Psycho
The Comet Is Coming – Summon The Fire
Lafawndah – Storm Chaser
Night Works – The Weapon
Aldous Harding – Fixture Picture
The Chemical Brothers – The Universe Sent Me (feat Aurora)
Holly Herndon – Frontier
Caterina Barbieri – Fantas
Foals – In Degrees

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