Gray Days and Gold July 2020

Hello, friends. The Balm Squad returns this month with a bushel of new music, as well as some old favorites preserved from previous seasons’ harvests. Suitable for poets, birds and solitude, while meeting the Gray Days and Gold M4 Standard: maximum melody, moderate melancholy.

Let’s get into it, shall we? (You can listen via the embedded player just below in this post—if you don’t see it, try turning off your ad-blocker then reloading the page—or on the Mixcloud website.)

Gray Days and Gold, July 2020

  1. Buscabulla, “Vámono” (2019) • Bandcamp • Google PlayAmazoniTunes
  2. Alex Pester, “Seasons Part Two” (2020) • BandcampGoogle Play • AmazoniTunes
  3. Belle and Sebastian, “Love On the March” (2003) • Google Play • AmazoniTunes
  4. Alex Rand, “Wave and Fall” (2020) • BandcampAmazoniTunes
  5. Moses Sumney, “Conveyor/boxes” (2020) • Bandcamp • Google Play • AmazoniTunes
  6. Bibio, “The Milky Way Over Ratlinghope” (2020) • Warp RecordsGoogle Play • AmazoniTunes
  7. Jehnny Beth, “French Countryside” (2020) • Google Play • AmazoniTunes
  8. Jerry Paper, “Memorial Highway” (2020) • BandcampGoogle PlayAmazoniTunes
  9. Michelle Blades, “Amor Sin Destino” (2020) • BandcampGoogle Play • AmazoniTunes
  10. Julien Gasc, “Les flots” (2020) • BandcampGoogle Play • AmazoniTunes
  11. Tiny Tim, “Strawberry Tea” (1968) • Google Play • AmazoniTunes
  12. Logan Hone, “Reverie” (2020) • Bandcamp • Google PlayAmazoniTunes
  13. Kavus Torabi, “Cemetery of Light” (2020) • Bandcamp • Google PlayAmazoniTunes
  14. Aaron Space & His Terrestrial Underlings, “Fast (Slow)” (2020) • BandcampGoogle Play • AmazoniTunes
  15. Lucy Reed, “It’s A Lazy Afternoon” (1956) • Amazon
  16. Giorgio Tuma, “An Enchanting Blue” (2011) • BandcampGoogle Play • AmazoniTunes
  17. Owen Pallett, “The Sound of the Engines” (2020) • Bandcamp • Google PlayAmazoniTunes
  18. Stephen Duffy, “Done For” (1985) • Google PlayAmazoniTunes


I’m so glad to see Alex Pester getting more attention—here’s a recent interview with him in Bath, UK-based TSM Magazine, in which he discusses his creative process during lockdown and his new album Seasons.

In closing, I’ll quote the final track on this mix, Stephen Duffy’s “Done For”—

Together we can vote them out
Make ours a better time
I’ll see you on the barricades

Until next month!

[Artwork: Marc Chagall, “The Poet with the Birds,” 1911]

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