My latest Spotify playlist for subscribers has been posted. “Songs to the Siren” is a deep dive into some of my favorite songs from 4AD Records’ vast and illustrious catalog. 4AD Records is one of the most important and influential record labels of all time — for me personally as well as the broader indie/alternative music scene.
Accompanying the playlist is the latest episode of my “Playlist Breakdown” podcast, in which I spotlight one of the playlist’s songs and why it’s so special and meaningful. In this latest breakdown, I talk about “Searching” by Pieter Nooten and Michael Brook. “Searching” is the second track from Nooten and Brook’s 1987 collaboration, Sleeps with the Fishes, which is one of my favorite 4AD albums of all time.
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