Archive for April 8th, 2021

April 8, 2021

Fasman’s Finds – Odunsi

Fasman’s Finds is our column from Rebecca Fasman (intrepid record nerd, DJ, and curator at the Kinsey Institute) in which she shares what she’s listening to and why. 

Now that it’s spring, I want to listen to music that’s lighter, that makes me move, that makes me want to be outside, that reminds me of having a body and being part of larger ecosystems. I’ve been listening to Everything You Heard Is True by Odunsi (The Engine). It’s a synth-y, percussive, spacey RnB album and I can’t get enough of it right now. 

Odunsi is really good at creating space on a track – some of the percussive elements sound like breath (you can hear it clearly in Shuga Rush but really it’s throughout the whole album), and there’s welcome space between the exhalations. In a season of rebirth and rediscovery, it’s refreshing for breath and the body to be so present on an album. 

April 8, 2021

The B-Side: Joseph of Mercury

With “Pretty Blonde Boy” Joseph of Mercury give us a smooth, swooning and crooning indie rock number that mixes in a bubbling synth bass line and strings to create a perfect backdrop for the Bryan Ferry / Morrissey style vocals. Even the lyrics feel like vintage Smiths with lines like “There are those you will only know for a short time, because bright lights burn faster.” If Moz’s more recent lines he’s dropped in interviews and online have you feeling conflicted about listening to his classic work let this song be the guilt free pleasure to fill that spot in your playlist.

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