What am I listening to these days? I never thought I’d say this, but the answer is country music. Why? Probably has something to do with a guy I dated in the spring. He was really into country and I guess it kinda/sorta/maybe rubbed off on me. (See what happens when you let your guard down?) For most of my life, I’ve unabashedly bashed country for it’s southern twang and tunes about pick up trucks, whiskey and daisy dukes. But, like most things in life, I can be quick to judge. There’s actually a lot of quality country tunes and artists that I have willfully ignored for much of my twenty-three years. When you get down to it, there’s so much grit and soul in this genre. Take Chris Stapleton for example. He’s well known around town for his songwriting skills (top hits for both Luke Bryan and Kenny Chesney), but recently put out his own debut album in 2015. Traveller is such a great listen! It kinda/sorta/maybe even has me revaluating my stance on country.


And so my girl crush on Syd continues to intensify. “Girl” is a single off the band’s latest album Ego Death and features the one and only Kaytranada. It goes without saying that anything The Internet produces is fire, but this album kicks it up a notch with some seriously sumptuous beats. On top of that, Kaytranada can do no wrong right now. The Canadian producer and beat maker extraordinaire from Montreal is having a stellar year of collabs and original material to put it lightly. I’m a huge fan of pairing The Internet and Kaytranada together. It’s like packing neo-soul into a spaceship and letting it chill in the sub-zero temperatures of outer space. I highly recommend the whole album.