Unlike many folks, I don’t use Spotify to build random music lists. All but two of my playlists are either entire artist catalogs, or individual albums. I do have a random list but there’s about five songs in it, since I prefer albums. Just looking now at my most recently added lists (the top is the newest), I’m amused because almost all of those artists are either artists I didn’t know existed six months ago, or are ones I’m now just getting into (ie Porcupine Tree).
I am definitely rediscovering folk and acoustic music (more than the jam-based I’ve been into for the past decade), based on a lot of those artists. This week’s discoveries are Emily Barker and The Wilderness of Manitoba (sort of Joni Mitchell meets CS&N, and kick-ass). There’s some prog (Porcupine Tree, Riversea, Sound of Contact) in there, some ambient (Nosound is amazing), and some world (Baka Beyond, Niyaz), but on the whole, it’s acoustic music, often written, played and sung by women (Aoife O’Donovan, Ruth Moody, Emily Barker, The Wailin’ Jennys, Chris Pureka, Sera Cahoone, Rachel Sermanni, The Staves, and Anais Mitchell). I also strongly recommend the aforementioned Wilderness, The Parson Red Heads, The Pines, and my FB friend Jamie’s band, Mermaid Kiss (he has a new band forming out of this one).
If you’re on Spotify, give those a spin.
Here’s a snapshot of those recent lists.