Summer Playlist for July
posted 11 Aug 2022 by Krister Axel
Here we are in the heart of summer and as always great music is all around us. Let's take a minute to dig into some fresh new gems.

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Anyway, in terms of new music, there's just always something else that I am excited about. This month, I think my favorite discovery is a band called Widowspeak. Their latest album "The Jacket" is really a masterpiece, for me, in terms of great production meeting up with great songwriting and unique performance mojo. It's one of those fortunate cocktails that cannot be faked. The biggest single for now seems to be "Everything is Simple" which showcases a really dry and organic mix, a beautiful vocal performance from Molly Hamilton, and a really quintessential band feel that recalls some of the greatest work from classic artists like Ben Harper and Beck, all the way to someone like Mazzy Star. Yes, please—highly recommended.

John Moreland also put out a really solid album with "Birds in the Ceiling," and one of my faves Golden Vessel is dropping more fire with his release "everythingeverydayeverything." Finally, I want to mention Spacey Jane, a recent success story of Australian Indie Rock which (for the record) I've been tracking since 2018. I am very proud of the fact that I have spotted a number of acts years before they found mainstream success—Samia is another good example, or Imagiro; the best part for me is being able to feature tracks that come so early in the progression of a given band that they are removed from wider distribution after the band is discovered. That's just one of the benefits of listening to CHILLFILTR radio, and now of being a subscriber: we are keeping a record of great music that might very well be forgotten otherwise, and you get to be a part of it.

So here's the list for July. As always, the best way to get your music featured on CHILLFILTR Radio is to send a free submission via GETSEEN. Also, many thanks to Denise Hill over at NewPages for putting together this nifty little write-up.

Meiko - Just Dream
Katie Pruitt - Expectations [Explicit]
Begonia - Juniper
Kowloon - A Thousand Pictures
Medium Build - ALONE IN MY CAR
Hazlett - My Skin
Sleepy Tom - Time and Time Again (feat. Hotel Mira)
eevee and cliffe - villain
Robot Koch and Blankforms - Migratory
Rich Jacques - Everything Must Change
Michael Dunstan - Becoming Nobody
Spacey Jane - Hardlight
often - Palm Trees
Scary Pockets - Skinny Love (feat. Antwaun Stanley)
KORA - Let Go
John Moreland - Birds In The Ceiling - 02 Lion's Den
John Moreland - Birds In The Ceiling - 03 Cheap Idols Dressed in Expensive Garbage
John Moreland - Birds In The Ceiling - 04 Generational Dust
John Moreland - Birds In The Ceiling - 05 Dim Little Light
John Moreland - Birds In The Ceiling - 06 Claim Your Prize
John Moreland - Birds In The Ceiling - 07 Neon Middle June
John Moreland - Birds In The Ceiling - 08 Truth Be Told
John Moreland - Birds In The Ceiling - 09 Birds In The Ceiling
Ben Cosgrove & Max Garcia Conover - Volume One - 03 Max García Conover feat. Ben Cosgrove - Oil Ship
Jesse Malin - Keep On Burning
The Lone Bellow - Gold
WIDOWSPEAK - The Jacket - 01 While You Wait
WIDOWSPEAK - The Jacket - 02 Everything Is Simple
WIDOWSPEAK - The Jacket - 03 Salt
WIDOWSPEAK - The Jacket - 04 True Blue
WIDOWSPEAK - The Jacket - 05 The Jacket
WIDOWSPEAK - The Jacket - 06 Unwind
WIDOWSPEAK - The Jacket - 07 The Drive
WIDOWSPEAK - The Jacket - 08 Slow Dance
WIDOWSPEAK - The Jacket - 09 Forget It
WIDOWSPEAK - The Jacket - 10 Sleeper
Jacob Humber - Jesus at My Dining Room Table
JP Hoe - Say What You Want To Say
Golden Vessel - sun+tide
Wizard Death - hvn
Limon Limon - Differently
GONE - Out of Time (Radio Edit)
Julien Baker - B-Sides - 01 Guthrie
Emily James - Cannonball
Madison Avenue - Dont Call Me Baby (Joshwa Extended Remix)
Jesse Rowell - When You Were Mine
vern matz - Catch The Sun
Lyrah - Sorry CVS
Spoon - The Hardest Cut
Paul Cook & The Chronicles - Parade
Damien Jurado - Reggae Film Star - 02 Meeting Eddie Smith
Damien Jurado - Reggae Film Star - 06 Day Of The Robot
Damien Jurado - Reggae Film Star - 09 Whatever Happened To Paul Sand
Golden Vessel - so far (feat. FELIVAND)
The Dip - When You Lose Someone
The Dip - Paddle to the Stars
eevee and cliffe - so easy
Valerie June - Use Me
Valley Queen - Hold On You
Son Little - hey rose (Aslove Remix) - 01 hey rose (Aslove Remix)
Valley Queen - Falling
Halcyon Drive - Silver Ray

About the Author


Krister Bjornson Axel

Ogdensburg, New York

Paris, France. Madison, Wisconsin. Los Angeles. Ashland, Oregon. Ottawa. I write music, I write about music, and I write code. See also: photography, prose, podcasting. I have 1 gorgeous wife, 2 amazing kids, and many interests.

Recent Awards: 2020 ND (Photo) Honorable Mention, 2020 Accenti Writing Contest Finalist