It’s time for the SaatchiNY mixtape of the month, courtesy of our music producer and all-around tastemaker Christine Hunt. You can download the July/August playlist here, and Christine has written up some listening notes for you below. Happy listening!
On the playlist: Hear the latest from several recognizable rock acts this season, including Weezer, Ryan Adams, Cold War Kids, and Interpol. The hip–hop world put out some strong summer releases too, from the likes of T.I./Young Thug, A$AP Mob, Black Milk and more. Meanwhile, some exciting new stars are on the rise, so be sure to check out Benjamin Booker, Christopher Denny, and FKA twigs. There were also a few artists that came out of hiding this month, so don’t forget about Zola Jesus, Cymbals Eat Guitars, and Delta Spirit; and some classic favorites like Sinead O’Connor and Robert Plant made a comeback recently as well, with more great music for your ears.
Argentine musician, film composer, and producer Gustavo Santaolalla released Camino this month, his first collection of solo music since 1988. If you don’t recognize his name, you’ll surely recognize his work from the soundtracks for Brokeback Mountain, Babel, Into The Wild, The Motorcycle Diaries, and many more. This new album includes 11 stunning tracks that combine “traditional Argentinian music with a gentle influence of the complexity of progressive rock… that still retains the cinematic grandeur of his film work” [Allmusic]
Grimes makes a comeback this summer with the release of her new single, “Go”. It’s more melodic and pop-driven than her previous experimental work, which makes sense considering she had originally written the song for Rihanna to sing. When it was turned down by the famous pop-star, Grimes took to the mic herself.
After recently collaborating with Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong on Foreverly, Norah Jones has returned with yet another artist collaboration with her new side project Puss N Boots. Aside from Jones, the group also consists of Catherine Popper (best known as the former bassist and backing vocalist for Ryan Adams and Grace Potter) and jazz singer-songwriter Sasha Dobson. The trio decided to create a full-length album together after years of playing small shows around New York City; you’ll hear a mix of both studio and live recordings on No Fools, No Fun, including cover songs originally performed by Johnny Cash, Wilco, and Neil Young.
Meanwhile, a little something you won’t find on Spotify: actor Michael Cera has surprised fans by creating his own lo–fi album True That, which he’s released to the public digitally. The release doesn’t come as a complete shock, however, as the actor has previously made a presence for himself in the indie music scene, touring with indie band Mister Heavenly and appearing on the soundtrack for Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Check out the full album on Michael Cera’s bandcamp page.