Here are my favorite tracks from the February that was. It was so cold, it should work at Friendly’s.
1. Lizzo – “Cuz I Love You”
Lizzo reminds us that love is the best kind of devastating, singing with real, visceral, mascara-streaked joy. An instant classic.
2. Benjamin Earl Turner – “Ja Rule”
If Mega Millions branded their winnings as “I don’t give a fuck money,” I’d buy a ticket every day.
3. Jessica Pratt – “Poly Blue”
My wife perfectly described this gentle folk song as music to put on while taking a nap with someone you love. She was totally talking about me, right???
4. Ex Hex – “Rainbow Shiner”
Mary Timony’s shit-hot band is back after five years, writing riffs that make me search for used El Caminos on Craigslist.
5. Serengeti – “Dust”
Over a playful Wurlitzer loop that would make MF Doom jealous, this Chicago MC shows off his knack for describing professional failures: “Wanted to be a food stylist / Ended up at Little Caesar’s.”
6. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – “For Real”
A previously unreleased gem about artistic authenticity, from one of rock’s most authentic voices.
7. Tierra Whack – “Only Child”
Current lyric of the year: “You done turn my heart so cold / I should work at Friendly’s.”
8. Kero Kero Bonito – “The Open Road”
If you didn’t believe this delightful British trio had hooks to spare, remember that this is a fricking B-side.
9. Maxo Kream – “Meet Again”
This gifted Houston rapper pairs heartbreaking rhymes about an imprisoned friend with a beat that’s as smooth as a summer cocktail. This dissonance is brilliance.
10. Spellling – “Haunted Water”
Vintage horror movie synths, torch song vocals, and a shout out to “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” = a formula we didn’t know we needed.
11. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – “Cyboogie”
If our robot overlords could groove like this, John Connor would be out of a job.
12. Mountain Men – “Take Me Home, Country Roads”
One of the purest songs ever written, sung with reverence and warmth? It doesn’t make me cry at all. It’s just getting a little dusty in here, what with all the country road travel and such.