Hello, friends. Exploration is once again in the air, and Gray Days and Gold is your shuttle to the farthest reaches of the musical universe. Strap in, help yourself to a pouch of whatever the hell that blue liquid is, and we’ll set forth in search of the most intriguing tunes that June 2021 has to offer, always striving to meet (or exceed) our ‘M4’ pledge: maximum melody, moderate melancholy.
You can listen to this episode 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.
There’s also a more barebones iteration of this episode’s playlist on Spotify (minus my commentary, as well as songs that are missing from their library).
If you like what you hear, please support the artists. You’ll find buy links to all the tracks in the bulleted list below.
- Vanishing Twin, “Big Moonlight (Ookii Gekkou)” (2021) • BUY
- Louis Philippe, “Destination Moon” (1993) • BUY
- Elizabeth Owens, “Oversoon” (2021) • BUY
- Jake Hardman, “The Price of Living” (2021) • BUY
- The Divine Comedy, “Lost Property” (2001) • BUY
- The Carmelittles, “I Dunno What To Do With My Hands” (2021) • BUY
- Jerika Hayes, “Poisoned Mouse” (2021) • BUY
- The Cleaners From Venus, “Every Time I Go Up” (2021) • BUY
- Yani Martinelli, “Pluto Is A Planet!” (2021) • BUY
- Sven Wunder, “En Plein Air” (2021) • BUY
- Orwell, “Les Explorateurs” (2015) • BUY
- The Catenary Wires, “Like The Rain” (2021) • BUY
- Yani Martinelli, “Melody Friend” (2021) • BUY
In this episode I mentioned the Ephemeral podcast (but misidentified it as “Ephemera”). Highly recommended for anyone interested in the items and knowledge that are lost to societal memory through attrition, neglect, and technological limitations. (h/t Robin Ritchie)
If you hadn’t caught this beautiful performance by Orwell (hosted a month ago by the MagicRPM site) of three songs from last year’s album Parcelle Brillante, please do yourself a favor.