Welcome to The SALSA Weekly! The SALSA Weekly is a curated playlist/post on the blog, wherein members of SALSA will submit one song they have been digging the past week and why.
For your listening pleasure, here are our picks in one handy dandy Spotify playlist. Scroll down for what we have to say!
Makyo: Milo — Landscaping
This album is…almost over the top in its references. Nobakov, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Rite of Spring, words like ‘jejune’ and ‘ennui’ tossed out like they’re nothing. It’s a wonderful example of how tight rhymes can be without being just fast. This album, Who told you to think??!!??!!?!?!?! wound up on a playlist of conscious hip-hop, as Amdusias put it, along with Splendor and Misery, In Celebration of Us, and Apologies in Advance. I’ve really been digging the genre recently. Take advantage of the naysayer was my follow-up choice, because I’m a sucker for songs that have little hitches of silence in them!
Found on: I love wild things wildly, I love quiet things quietly, I love spotty things spotify…
Amdusias: Sylvan LaCue— Empathy
“Ammy, I’m really surprised that you got so into this concept album about a support group for emotions, and a group of people striving for more earnestness!”
Well, you probably shouldn’t have been, but here it is: Apologies in Advance is my favorite album of 2018 so far, at least in part because it’s just…me, but if I could rap really well. Here we have someone writing a song with multiple tough admissions: “sometimes I mistake being able to help someone with a problem for an emotional connection” and “I feel incapable of shutting the world out for long enough to finish something important to me” aren’t exactly common hip-hop lyrical tropes, but here they both are, in the same song, even! I absolutely cannot recommend this whole album highly enough at this point.
Also I promise Makyo and I didn’t plan this, but her song’s great too!
Found on: The Twelve Spot Program
I’ve previously mentioned my enjoyment of VVVVVV’s soundtrack, but the extent to which the soundtrack of perhaps the first or second game I ever played - Ratchet and Clank - completely slipped my mind until Mando reminded me of its existence when they mentioned that the soundtrack had been replaced by something decidedly more lackluster in the remaster. I went back and gave the original a listen and fell in love with it, awash in Proustian recall, all over again. I’ve linked up my favorite from the game - “Scaling the Cliffs”, from Eudora, which combines clarinets, glitchy button noises, and a healthy dose of funk. Give it a listen!
Found on: It’s kind of a shame that thanks to The Election I’m not on speaking terms with the once-beloved uncle whose apartment I played Ratchet and Clank at for the first time, but memory is forever.
Proxy: Hop Along — How Simple
“How Simple” is a catchy breakup song that’s pensive and weaves more nuance into even just short moments. This still feels mature, ending a relationship not with melodrama but with reassurance that life will go on even without each other. That combined with a catchy chorus with backup singers and a violin outro help this stand out as just a solid indie rock hit. I wasn’t familiar with Hop Along before listening to this, but upon listening to their 2015 record Painted Shut right afterward, this lead single has me pumped for their next record.
Found on: Spot Along
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