Staff Picks: October ’16

Well I saw the thing comin’ out of the sky
It had the one long horn, one big eye
I commenced to shakin’ and I said “ooh-eee”
It looks like a purple eater to me

Although October is the spookiest month of the year, our Staff Picks are not.  It was hard for our staff to narrow it down, but here’s what the KRUA team decided to put into this month’s list.

 

Jeanette Sweetman, Program Manager

James Vincent McMorrow – We Move

I was expecting a gentle mandolin-filled journey through the forest when I picked up this CD and was totally floored after 30 seconds!

In his third album, the Irish artist turns around from his earlier folk days for upbeat R&B vibes and synths. There are traces of folk to be had, but somehow sounds like futuristic 80s pop. I find it pretty soulful.  The man has the velvety voice of an angel. It’s exciting seeing how much his style has changed since his first album! 10/10 would recommend with fervor!

 

Wright Franklin, Station Manager

Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight – Travi$ Scott

The features on this album alone make it a classic. La Flame came through. The kids are eating.

 

 

Joshua Bezona, Marketing & Underwriting Coordinator

Sunlight Youth – Local Natives

THIS WAS MY MOST ANTICIPATED ALBUM OF 2016 AND I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED! Pitchfork gave them a super lame review, but it’s because it was reviewed as a folk album??? (not fair) Their first two albums came out just around the time indie folk really came into the limelight, and sure it might have been a disappointment to someone who was only down with folk, but this was a brand new Local Natives! I was super impressed with how refined the band has become, aiming towards headlining a concert rather than being written off in tiny font on the bottom of the poster. The first song Villainy was a perfect intro to the new album. All the songs are my favorite. Listen to the album from the beginning to the end. You’re welcome.

(I also pick Beach Slang’s sophomore album, A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings and Devendra Banhart’s new album, Ape in Pink Marble)

 

Adrian Colding, Volunteer Coordinator

Chance the Rapper – 2016 Apple Music Festival Performance

Chance is the kind of rapper that is most likely to be your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper.  Every song Chance touches is pure gold. He knows how to flavor a song with a melodic cadence. Every time he releases a song, I anticipate the flavors, colors, and visual abstracts I will encounter on my musical journey. Now, take my sentiments and multiply it by ten, then you have Chance the Rapper’s #AMF10 performance. It was the highlight of the whole festival. Chance knows how to command a stage and keep the audience engaged. The live band made everything even more amazing! If you have a moment go check it out on Apple Music.

 

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