Just as I thought the new year was off to a slow start for music, the trickle of new singles turned into a flood. This week is about making sense of many disparate parts (genre wise, in terms of having just tastes of various projects) and what happens when things end up coming together after all. The opener by Miles Francis, a new artist from what I can tell and someone I had never heard before, appropriately cuts through the winter ennui before spilling into the evocative soul stylings of UK-based artist Poppy Ajudha. Allie X and VERITÉ then capture feminist abandon in a surefire pop hit about male misbehavior. The rest of the playlist oscillates between deep emotion (like the sparse R&B ballad by River Tiber or Her's emotional single featuring a bandmate who recently died after a long battle with cancer).
It's hard to see where music will go in 2018. The festival lineups are shit. Many full album releases haven't been solidified. Yet if it ends up anything like this playlist, we've going to have another memorable and genre-bending year.