By: Staff –
To celebrate the release of Brandon Wolfe Scott’s new EP, Slow Transmission, which is out today (March 23rd), the acclaimed singer-songwriter curated a brand new Spotify playlist called “Textures” that features songs from the 1960s and 1970s, along with more modern cuts that have inspired him over the years.
“I usually find myself revisiting older recordings from the 60’s and 70’s, certainly from a songwriting and recording perspective,” said Scott. “It’s also what I grew up with, so it feels natural to gravitate towards that aesthetic. I’m also a bit of a seeker when it comes to new music and finding inspiring ideas. Many of these newer artists have massively impacted my production choices when making my own music. Here’s a mash of new and old tunes that have shaped my recent record.”
Sam Cohen – “Dandelion”
I’ve been a fan of Sam for a while, he always has incredible guitar tones and I love the way his records sound. This is from a recent record called Slow Fawn, and I think it’s massively underrated.
Ada Lea – “Damn”
I don’t remember how I stumbled upon this track, but the warbly guitars & wurlitzer piano had me instantly engaged. Then lyrically this song floored me, her narrative just brings you right in.
I sadly missed her Vancouver show a few months back.
Midlake – “Young Bride”
This is a band that blew my mind when their album, The Trials of Van Occupanther, came out back in 2006. This record in particular has always stayed with me, and I constantly reference the production choices because it just sounds perfect to me. “Young Bride” certainly was a massive influence when I was writing “Our Back Garden” for my EP. I was lucky enough to catch them live with their original singer in 2010 at SXSW.
Todd Rundgren – “I Saw The Light”
Love the Rudgren as he absolutely nails the AM Gold style of writing. Also love his guitar playing & vocal harmonies in this track.
Bread – “Guitar Man”
I originally heard this song on a ‘Late Night Tales’ compilation a few years back. I immediately bought a wah pedal.
Loving – “Visions”
I got really into this band during the pandemic when they released their album If I Am Only In My Thoughts. The drum recordings are so fun to listen to with a very analog and warm sound.
Colin Blundstone – “Caroline Goodbye”
I think my friend STACEY showed me this track. She and I are always sending demos back and forth or sharing songs that we discover. I loved the intimate major7 chords in the verse, and the slick chord change into the chorus. It’s also just lyrically beautiful.
Yaehsun – “Mae”
Jason Haberman aka ‘Yaehsun’ is a very talented producer and longtime friend from Toronto. He recently put out this instrumental record called Voya and it’s brilliant. The guy can capture a vibe.
Georgia Harmer – “Talamanca”
I’ve been obsessed with this track since it came out a few months back, Georgia’s voice is gorgeously effortless. There’s a vocal inflection at around 4:03 that gives me chills.
Tom Petty – “Time To Move On”
Tom Petty is probably the most influential songwriter for me, he has that skill of writing very simple songs that land. His guitarist, Mike Campbell is also my favorite guitar player. I get a lot of comments from friends saying my slide work on my records sound very ‘George Harrison’, but what I’m really leaning into is that ‘Mike Campbell’ slide style. The solo in this track tops my charts.
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