Henry Nowhere’s “What I’m Listening To”
Emerging indie musician, Henry Nowhere, has just released his EP, Not Going Back, and shares a curated playlist of his current favorites with TIDAL, take a listen below.
J.J. Cale, “Crying Eyes”
This guy must have the most laid back vocal delivery of all time, and I love it. It was hard for me to choose a song from his album, Naturally, because it’s one of the few albums I can listen to all the way through multiple times and not get sick of. It’s chill, but not drippy or sleepy. He has the voice of a person that you don’t mind spending some time with.
Al Green, “Call Me”
Speaking of albums I can listen to all the way through, Al Green has a bunch. Whenever I don’t know what to play, or don’t want to play anything, I put on “Call Me.” Such beautiful and original chord changes. It’s all about the emotional moments you create in a song, and near the end when he sings “come back home” and the background singers come in with “call me,” that is one emotional moment.
The Radio Dept., “Always a Relief”
This song just really hits all the marks for me. Another chilled out vocal delivery (I obviously have a type) over an upbeat tempo with beautiful, catchy, natural melodies and lush “extended” chords. My girlfriend introduced me to their music, and it still immediately takes me back to long country drives we would take when we lived in the Bay Area.
Day Wave, “Stuck”
I have to give a shout out to one of my best friends on this planet and constant inspiration to me, Jackson (Day Wave). We have been playing and sharing music together since 8th grade and still going strong. After playing in Day Wave for over 3 years, “Stuck” is still my favorite song of his. I particularly love the verse melody on this song, it gracefully meanders from high to low in such a catchy and pretty manner.
The Drums, “Days”
I remember when Jackson (Day Wave) first played me The Drums, and this song in particular, well before Day Wave started. I was really drawn in by the simplicity and effectiveness of the songwriting and the instrumentation. That chorus melody over those chords just fits so well and the lyrics give you that perfect longing, sad and happy feeling that comes with the passage of time.
The Allman Brothers Band, “Melissa”
This song has represented my ideal feeling in music since middle school. It’s so warming. Again, I’m drawn to lyrics of longing over really beautiful and unique major chord changes. The song just soars, and it will always be one of my favorites.
Henry Mancini, “A Lovely Sound”
Henry Mancini’s score for the TV series “Peter Gunn” is another album that I can put on, listen straight through and still go back for seconds. There are a handful of Mancini records I put on as soundtracks for my life. I love the rich harmony with the underwater sounding orchestration. The man really understood how to create atmosphere.
Big Thief, “Paul”
Man, was I happy when Masterpiece came out. Such beautiful harmonies, melodies and soul-grabbing lyrics. Nothing was hidden behind novel production techniques, it was all laid out in front of you with a live band. The bar was reset for great songwriting in our time.
Kurt Vile, “All in a Daze Work”
Kurt Vile is such a likable character from the moment he starts singing. I love the ease he plays, sings and writes with. His music is so natural. I always love his instrumentation and production, but he also really shines with just vocals and guitar. This beautiful chorus always gets stuck in my head.
Little Feat, “Long Distance Love”
There are so many great Little Feat songs, but this has to be one of the warmest sounding recordings to come out of the ’70s. I love all of the tones and the way the harmonic rhythm interweaves with the melody. The emotional immediacy of this song gives me goosebumps every time.
Chris Cohen, “Rollercoaster Rider”
I love Chris Cohen’s dry, unaffected vocals, and his unique and pretty songs. The easy groove on this track and his nostalgic lo-fi production really transports me to some fictional past. I’ve listened to this album, Overgrown Path, countless times and I’m still transported.
Frank Sinatra, “Do I Worry?”
Frank is the king of cool. He can sing his ass off while holding a drink and flashing a handsome, wry smile. I particularly love these early recordings where his voice is sweet and young, the recording quality is grainy and the arrangements are less theatrical (though I love the Billy May arrangements as well). I also have a soft spot in my heart for jazz harmony sung in four parts, which this song is a prime example of. This was a sweet time in music; when Jazz was Poppy, and Pop was Jazzy. I love Bebop, Free Jazz and all sorts, but when I go to put something on I tend to like it sweet.
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