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Tuesday, Dec 7, 2021

Radio Roundup: Sonic delights for Halloweekend

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*RIYL (recommended if you like)

Social Media Director’s Pick — Kai Velazquez ’23 

Album: “Sweetness” — Obongjayar and Sarz

Genre: Neo-soul, Psychedelic Soul, Afrobeats

RIYL: Little Simz 

Blurb: Each song on this 4-track EP has a layer of haunting, melancholic tones.

Library Manager’s Pick — Kyle Hooker ’24

Album: “Sunshine Superman” (1966) — Donovan

Genre: Psychedelic Rock

RIYL: Tommy James & The Shondells, The Zombies, Velvet Underground

Blurb: This one is definitely an oldie but a goodie. Since this week’s theme is Halloween, I had to pick my favorite Halloween song, which is track 6 from this album, “Season of the Witch.” Overall, the album has a very fun, psychedelic vibe that is also rather haunting. Track 7, “The Trip,” is also a great song and is supposedly about Donovan tripping with Joan Baez and Bob Dylan, which is quite a story! I can only imagine... 

Music Director’s Pick — Chad Kim ’23.5

Album: “Skeleton Party” — Joshua Powell

Genre: Punk, Indie, Rock

RIYL: Post Animal, Brother O’ Brother

Blurb: A bit of an atypical pick for young Chad, but this indie punk rock album exquisitely delivers the sound of underground rock interspersed with psychedelic intonations. If I was a skeleton all by my lonesome self, I could see myself flocking to the yard to feel something in my bones once again. 

General Manager’s Pick — Maddie Van Beek ’22.5

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Album: “Impeccable Blahs” — Say Hi

Genre: Indie rock

RIYL: Magnetic Fields, The Cure, Voxtrot, Cloud Cult

Blurb: My favorite album to listen to at Halloween has to be “Impeccable Blahs” by Say Hi (previously known as Say Hi to Your Mom). Not only is it a perfectly melancholy complement to the rainy autumn weather, but it is also almost entirely about vampires. Think “Juno” soundtrack meets “Twilight.” The lo-fi sound paired with Robert Smith-esque vocals categorize it as standard indie rock with some depressive undertones, while the lyrics declare “I am going to drink your blood.” I am obsessed with the image of a person with eternal life living as a melodramatic alt sad boy.

Co-Concert Manager’s Pick — Luke Robins ’23

Album: “I Need to Start a Garden” — Haley Heynderickx

Genre: Indie Folk

RIYL: Big Thief, Lucy Dacus, Phoebe Bridgers

Blurb: Heynderickx’s airy voice, complemented by stripped down acoustic guitar and horns, holds you through this floating folk album. Around this time every year, this album drifts back into my consciousness, helping me let go of green leaves, warm weather fits, and late summer sunsets.

Tech Director’s Pick — Dan Frazo ’23 

Album: “Developer” — Social Studies

Genre: Psych Pop, Brainy Electro, Synth

RIYL: Rubblebucket, Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors

Blurb: Social Studies is a short-lived experimental pop group from Northern California who pride themselves on crafting eerie hooks and anticipation. Every lyric, riff and haunting bite of synth keeps the listener hungry for whatever lies ahead. “Developer,” their top-of-the-shelf album, is full of songs for a cold, dark October night. Chilling as a brisk fall breeze, songs like “Terracur,” “Away for the Weekend” and “Still Life” will send the perfect amount of shiver down your spine.


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