Gray Days and Gold September 2020

Hello, friends. The skies are an incorrect color and you’re right to be concerned. That means it’s time to take a deep breath, close those soul-sapping apps and refresh yourself with an hour of new music that’s beginning to sound like sweater weather. (If you’re just discovering Gray Days and Gold, here’s an introduction that explains the show’s raison d’être.)

There’s also an interview this month with Henri Poilevey of The Carmelittles, a very accomplished young artist from Chicago whose debut album Wreath is out now. Scroll to the bottom of this post for more on that.

And now, to quote Rocket J. Squirrel, here’s something we hope you’ll really like!

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, September 2020

  1. Martin Newell, “When The Damsons Are Down” (1995) • BUY
  2. Paul Weller, “On Sunset (Orchestral Mix)” (2020) • BUY
  3. Oracle Sisters, “High Moon” (2020) • BUY
  4. The Carmelittles, “Chlorine” (2020) • BUY
  5. Lillian’s Gish, “You Are Your Mother’s Isle” (2020) • BUY
  6. Skyler Skjelset, “V C” (2020) • BUY
  7. Deradoorian, “Waterlily” (2020) • BUY
  8. Evan Myall, “Forever Mine” (2020) • BUY
  9. Andrew Wasylyk, “A Further Look At Loss” (2020) • BUY
  10. Doctor Ew, “Two Chairs (feat. Thom Gill)” (2020) • BUY
  11. Villagers, “Note to Self (For Michael)” (2019) • BUY
  12. H.C. McEntire, “One Eye Open” (2020) • BUY
  13. Ralph Waldo, “Burn After Reading” (2020) • BUY
  14. Sun Collective, “Roots” (2020) • BUY


Interview: The Carmelittles’ Henri Poilevey on Wreath

The Carmelittles’ Wreath

2020 is the year that everyone’s making music on their own from the confines of home. But few are doing it with the sophistication and virtuosity of Chicago-based Henri Poilevey, who, as The Carmelittles, has just released his debut album Wreath. Described on its Bandcamp page as “A chamber pop oasis for anyone afraid of our technocratic world,” Wreath is a treat for fans of pop music that’s majestic, varied, complex and heartfelt. Click here to read my interview with Henri.

As always, thanks for listening. If you’d like to receive these posts via email, you can sign up for my newsletter here. Stay sane, and I’ll see you again soon.

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