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. (If you’re just discovering Gray Days and Gold, here’s an introduction that explains the show’s raison d’être.)

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, via the Mixcloud mobile app, on your Sonos system, etc.

For those who prefer Spotify, there’s also a more bare-bones iteration of this episode’s playlist here (minus my commentary, as well as any songs that are missing from Spotify’s library).

Gray Days and Gold, July 2020

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


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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