Foster James and Girl Skin’s “What Are You Listening To?”

Foster James and Girl Skin’s “What Are You Listening To?”

Rising rock duo Girl Skin and Foster James have released their collaborative EP, titled Lovemore. To celebrate the release of the project, the duo have shared with TIDAL a playlist of their current rotation.

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Foster James

Mama Cass, “Dream A Little Dream Of Me”
This song always transports me to warm New Orleans nights, to Sid and I laying under a willow tree with cold lemonade, while a slow breeze kisses our legs. It’s a really magical song.

Leonard Cohen, “So Long, Marianne”
You can’t help but sing along with this one. Leonard’s voice is really rich, and even though he talks of leaving his lover, he somehow maintains an upbeat way. It’s nostalgic and beautiful.

Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe, “Mama”
Tess is a dear friend of ours and we love listening to her. She really puts her heart and soul into each piece and she’s incredibly talented. Sid first showed me this song, and I fell in love.

Linda Lyndell, “What A Man”
I always play this when I DJ. It’s so much fun to dance to, and to celebrate with. I’ve dedicated this song to Sid more times than I can count and you should see him dance to it.

Beyoncé, “Sandcastles”
I love almost anything Beyoncé. I saw her live once and walked away crying, insisting that she isn’t a human, but a real life angel walking this earth. Sid even made me a t-shirt that says “I love Beyoncé more than my fiancé”. So, the obsession is real. Sandcastles’ piano and lyrics are incredible.

Aretha Franklin, “Natural Woman”
What a song. What a performance. This doesn’t need much explanation.

Devendra Banhart, “The Body Breaks”
I love to listen to this while falling asleep. It’s been a favorite of mine for a really long time and I always play it for friends and family when they’re sick for some reason, I feel like it’s healing.

Mazzy Star, “Fade Into You”
We saw Hope Sandoval live a couple months ago and she was just as sweet as you’d imagine in this song. “Fade…” is a classic.

Beyoncé feat. Jack White, “Don’t Hurt Yourself”
Sid and I were so excited when this came out; it’s a collaboration of our two favorite artists. You can feel the influence of both of them. We listen to this in our van driving through the city all the time, screaming it out to each other. Also, Beyoncé’s album Lemonade about marital life is the most comprehensive description that exists in music, in my opinion. She laid her heart out there, the good and the bad.

Lana Del Rey, “Blue Jeans”
Lana’s voice is like butter in this. I love to sing along with this one.

Bessie Smith, “You’ve Got To Give Me Some”
My favorite song to wake up and cook to. Whenever I play this in the morning, you know there’s about to be a feast ready.

Girl Skin

Blind Willie McTell, “You Were Born to Die”
My favorite bluesman. He’s the truth.

The Verve, “The Drugs Don’t Work” 
There’s a few songs I wish I had written. This is one of them.

Elvis Presley, “Suspicious Minds”
I was going through a big Elvis phase when Foster and I first met. I’d blast this on my speakers and we’d jump around on our bed screaming it.

The Waterboys, “The Whole of the Moon”
This song is genius. I wish I had written this one too.

Sharon Van Etten, “All I Can” 
Such an amazing voice. Such a brilliant songwriter. We love you Sharon, can you please put out another record already?

Bob Dylan, “I Was Young When I Left Home” 
This song always reminds me of when I was 16 and living in Shanghai. I had a group of friends and all we’d play everyday was early Bob Dylan. Nothing after Highway 66. We were Dylans sycophants, well… along with millions of others.

Etta James, “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”
She’s God.

Link Wray, “Fire and Brimstone”
This album was received terribly and went nowhere, but I absolutely love it. He recorded it in an old chicken shack in Maryland. He didn’t have drums, so he’d stomp on the ground and shook a can of nails.

Laura Marling, “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall” (Bob Dylan cover)
One of the best covers I’ve heard in a long time. She’s so good.

Warren Ellis & Nick Cave, “All Things Beautiful” 
Been listening to a bunch of film scores lately, this one’s beautiful.

 

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