I’ll be honest — most of my week has been devoted to July Talk, whose excellent second album arrived at my house last weekend, and Mitski, because, well, it’s Mitski and “Puberty 2” is a phenomenal album. But I’ve also given a listen to the new Wilco album, and I’ve been listening to one-off songs as they come up in playlists or my memory. And those are mostly what I’m featuring today. It’s a mostly quiet collection of songs, good for the fast-approaching fall and those cold, cold nights.
1. Wilco – “Cry All Day”
I really like this new Wilco album. It’s quiet, low-fi, cohesive. I prefer it to last year’s “Star Wars” release. This is probably my favorite track off “Schmilco” after one listen.
2. Venus and the Moon – “Marry Me”
I love these guys. I’ve been a fan of Frally Hynes since her first solo release, and this project with Rain Phoenix is just as exquisite.
3. Laura Gibson – “Empire Builder”
I’m new to Laura, but I like her sound, and I love this quiet beauty of a song.
4. Rose Cousins – “What I See”
Whenever I’m in the mood for some Rose, I always go to this live recording of “What I See” first. I actually prefer it to the studio version, though both are lovely. Damn fine Canadian music.
5. Kathleen Edwards – “Soft Place to Land”
My favorite song off her 2012 release, “Voyageur.” And I love this live version with the ever-lovely Hannah Georgas on backing vocals. Kathleen’s busy these days running a coffee shop in Stittsville, Ontario, but I do hope she’ll eventually return to the music, especially when I listen to songs like this one. Oh, Kitty, I miss you.