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  • Writer's pictureEmily Marshman

Buzzkill Presents: A Playlist Update

I have to admit, y'all: I have felt so beyond uninspired lately, that even typing this up is miraculous in its own right. All I've done - or, I should say, all I've been able to do - lately is work, then lay in bed at night and knit while I listen to the audiobooks for the Harry Potter books (doing a bit of a reread and it is so lovely). Anyone have any tips for how to overcome a bit of an inspiration slump? If you helped me kick this, I'd probably promise you my firstborn child. Trying to remind myself daily that a global, all-consuming pandemic is a good excuse for having writer's block, but it's so easy to be hard on yourself, you know?

Either way, I've decided to get this playlist update out, if nothing else. I've really been loving finding new music lately - it helps me feel productive, even if I really haven't done anything! I hope you love these tracks as much as I do. Let me know what you've been listening to and loving lately!

  1. "Tonight - Field Recording" by Katy J Pearson Funnily enough, this tune by Katy J Pearson was included on the only other playlist update I've ever managed to get out! The "Field Recording" version is so, so special. Return was one of my favorite records of 2020, and this reimagining helps me feel that much closer to the music. Katy J Pearson is truly a talent and anything she puts out is a no-brainer on-repeat track for me.

  2. "Nowhere" by pinkpirate This is the third release from English singer-songwriter Caitlin Brown, whose stage name is pinkpirate, and it's honestly one of the most perfect songs I've ever heard. It scratches such a specific itch in my brain - Brown's voice is so, so soothing and the backing track could put me to sleep, which I mean as a compliment. I loved this track from the moment I heard it, and I knew I had to include it in one of my updates.

  3. "Thin Skin" by Sunflower Wow is this song good. It feels like it could play over the scene in any coming-of-age movie when the protagonist realizes that they're going to be okay. It's a love song to anyone suffering emotionally. From the Genius page for "Thin Skin": "Flavoured with Oasis’ emotional realism and tonal nods to Coldplay, ‘Thin Skin’ is a hand held out for those in the darkness, reminding you that the sun is always there behind clouds." And that guitar at the end! I cannot express to you how much I love it.

  4. "Hailey" by WRENN WRENN just went viral on TikTok explaining the story behind this song, which is so heartbreaking, but it's so exciting to me that she's making such beautiful art out of such a shitty situation. This is an all-the-windows-down, scream-along kind of song, especially that very last chorus. Incredible.

  5. "Lizzy" by Friedberg I've included Friedberg tunes on Buzzkill playlists before, but this new tune is just outstanding. If I close my eyes, I can almost see the fuzzy night out that it describes. Their EP, Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah, will be out on March 19th, so keep an eye out for them!

  6. "Lost" by Bertie Newman "Lost" is Bertie Newman's debut release, and I'm so glad I caught onto him so early, because he is going to be big, I can feel it in my bones. It's a soft, sweet song, and I could listen to it on repeat for hours.

  7. "Microwave" by Career Now this is a soul-thumping song that needs to be listened to loud enough that you can feel it in your bones hours later. Post-punk is really making a comeback, and Career are realy at the forefront of the revival. Their new EP, Letting Out The Slack, will be out the 5th of February!

  8. "Sainsburys" by The Love Buzz The Love Buzz are making some of my favorite music being released right now. "Sainsburys" is a catchy tune, and I think I'd go so far as to say it's their best track yet. This is a song that will without a doubt go off live when gigs come back.

  9. "Nice Try" by Jessica Luise An absolutely incredible, underrated talent, Jessica Luise is constantly releasing the best songs she's ever made. "Nice Try," her dreamy new single, garnered over a thousand streams in its first weekend - and that alone should be enough to make you want to check it out!

  10. "In A State" by Turnstiles Turnstiles are another band I'm head-over-heels for right now, and who are also leading the charge for post-punk in 2021. Their debut EP is one of my favorite bodies of work released this year, and I'm most partial to "In A State."

  11. "Man, We Was Lonely" by Eaves Wilder This song is so unlike anything I've ever heard before, so naturally I fell in love with it upon first listen. It's jazzy, it's poppy, it has elements of grunge - it's one of the most perfect tracks I've had the pleasure of hearing in ages.

  12. "Oh So Real" by Honey Lung Honey Lung are ripping and roaring straight into 2021. The instrumentals - and the fuzzy, grungey tone of it all - on this track are really what make it.

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