Groover Playlist 40 | Lordy, Lordy

Today's submissions run the gamut from indie-rock and synth-pop to cello jazz.


The Fabulist acts selfish, Panties And Chocolate need some self-love, Albinos Congos get psyched and more in today’s submissions from Groover, a platform that connects artists with critics like me for a small fee. You can (and should) subscribe to my Tinnitist Groover Top 100 playlist HERE, or you can listen to it via the widget at the lower right of every page on this site. If you want to be in an upcoming playlist, click the link just below the widget or go HERE. But first, be sure to sample these sounds — you’ve got everything from indie-rock and synth-pop to cello jazz, Francophone rap and psychedelia. Lordy, lordy! Not bad for Playlist 40.


The Fabulist | The Selfish Act

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Indie-Rock.
THE TRANSLATED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Through an ubiquitous and bucolic story, The Fabulist unveils his new single: The Selfish Act. The events take place in the heart of a bourgeois and decadent 19th century, in a countryside as beautiful as it is disturbing. This romantic fresco is quickly turns into a tragicomic frenzy, where debauchery and sin are kings. The Fabulist directed and produced the entire video. The Selfish Act was recorded, mixed and mastered at the Near Deaf Experience studio by Sebastien Lorho.”

Panties And Chocolate | I Don’t Like Myself

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Synth-Pop.
THE TRANSLATED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Some Panties and Chocolate? I can give you that thru ears! Panties and Chocolate’s second single is a subtle clip about ego bashing and self-acceptance, seen through Donald Trump’s eyes and against a backdrop of psychedelic synthpop!”

Albinos Congo | Mon Pti Yoshi

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Psychedelic Rock.
THE BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Albinos Congo, more than a group, is a sect whose gurus are the two smoky brains of Tristan D’Hervez and Pierre Stroska. Around them a dozen musicians, mainly from Nantes, have taken turns for six years to preach the good word of rock: A true religion for the Congo Albinos who have clearly turned to the dark side of fuzz. After their first notice Space Jam, the group are back with Mon Pti Yoshi, from their six-track EP out now.”

Duo Brady | Brady

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Jazz.
THE BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Duo Brady is a cello duo between jazz and world music, composed of Paul Colomb and Michèle Pierre. The cello’s voice turns into an anthology of sounds to tell the story of these six “plains” inspired by emotional places for the duo. The writing, epic, in the manner of chamber music, gives way to more intimate breaths, where improvisation leads the listener to his own interior plains. “Our cello duo is conceived as a laboratory, between improvisation and compositions mixed with all the music we love: chamber music, jazz, music from India and South America. We are happy to finally release a record after 10 years of concerts together, and the track Brady, which bears the same name as our duo name, is the very first track we wrote together. It pays tribute to the Passage Brady in Paris, which rocked our first rehearsals. It is also the first track from our album Plains (release scheduled for Oct. 10).”

Salt Peanuts | New Soul

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Jazz-Pop.
THE BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “The distinctive sound of Salt Peanuts is characterized by a worked groove mixed with elements of neo-soul, jazz, funk and hip-hop. The seven members of the group are to be discovered live, mainly in Paris where they are based. This is where they deliver their repertoire with energy and complicity: melodies with the neo-soul accents of singer Nadia, through the precision of the rhythm section, and the flights of the trumpet / tenor saxophone duo. The group’s compositions succeed in weaving an original and catchy universe, as heard on their self-produced EPs recorded in London and Paris.”

Pablo Picazo | Navegante

GENRE: Classical.
THE BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Minimal piano composer, released his first album on December 2019. Currently working on his second album, with piano music as well as cello, violin and ambient percussion.”

Clint Is Good | ManDem

HOME BASE: France.
THE TRANSLATED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Rocked by music from an early age, Clint Is Good followed classical training before switching to rap and then grime. His musicality and his attraction to instruments such as the guitar allow him to develop a singular musical universe. His legacy resonates on his first EP French Grime, released in 2019.”

Deen CK | Ecrire

HOME BASE: France.
THE TRANSLATED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Deen CK is a group of triplet brothers: Shamsdeen, Eisdeen and Tajudeen. Their experience very quickly led them to be on their own, forced to stick together to get by. United always and forever, they develop an energy of their own due to an exceptional bond and the links they maintain can be their greatest strength as well as their greatest weakness. The eccentricity of their history is transcribed in their songs; they combine lightness and depth in texts oscillating between madness, reflection and relentlessness … ”

Baby Fuzz | Before Our Time

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Pop-Rock.
THE BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Baby Fuzz, the alter ego of musical polymath Sterling Fox, is arguably one of the most interesting new acts in music. Baby Fuzz unapologetically jumps all over the genre map, with songs ranging from folk ballads to punk anthems and everything between. As diverse as the music is, the lyrics are a singular and hyper self aware narrative with strong political and social undertones. Before Our Time, featuring global sensation LP, is a true show-stopper with a guitar solo reminiscent of Queen and a dramatic chorus that’ll have you belting out your own concert in your living room. Before Our Time is a fiery and raucous track about friendship. With clever analogies worked into the lyrics and some sage advice — “If you don’t give a fuck, then you don’t get old” — Baby Fuzz’s newest offering is a song that’ll withstand time. Fuzz shares, “Before Our Time is a tune I wrote with LP about the idea of a friendship being before its time. The song is an upbeat affirmation revisiting the relationship as too forward thinking for its own good. It’s a feeling of nostalgia for being too futuristic, which is kind of a paradox.”

Lord Ruby | White Silence

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Rock.
THE BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Based in Lyon, France since 2013, Lord Ruby is Franck (rhythm guitar/singer), Damien (bass player), Joris (lead guitar) and Nicolas (drummer). They invite you to discover their music: Smelling like fine perfume with a hint of dirty distortion. Their three-piece-suit riffs, intoxicating fragrance of the melodies and haunting refrains won’t leave you stonefaced. They’re told it reminds people of bands like Queens of The Stone Age, Oasis, The Beatles, Franz Ferdinand, Blur, Foo Fighters, The Divine Comedy or David Bowie.”

Jonny Fallout | Easy To Love

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Electronica.
THE BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Jonny Fallout writes and produces electronic music of all kinds — from house to drum-and-bass to downtempo. When he’s not abusing the upper limits of his machine’s RAM or obsessively dissecting samples, he also remixes tracks. Fallout got his start playing at Boston-area bars and clubs. While living in London, Jonny learned sound engineering and music production, working at a recording studio that created ad music. Today, Jonny Fallout is regularly releasing new house singles, combining ’80s new wave synth pop and sinuous vocals with thumping, driving beats. Easy to Love, Jonny Fallout’s dance-pop anthem, is one part euphoric house party and one part jazz-funk confessional — a hook-laden track that will resonate with listeners long after its ’90s-era synth lines fade away.”

Scott Garred | Now Do You Believe

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Folk-Pop.
THE BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Scott Songs Vol. II was produced by Scott Garred and Kelly Atkins. It marks the first collaboration between the two Bay Area artists. Garred, former leader of critically acclaimed bands Silver Scooter (1995-2001) and Super XX Man (1995-2015), is a music therapist whose work shapes his songwriting and vice versa. Kelly Atkins is a multi-talented singer with Kitka, an American women’s ensemble inspired by traditional vocal techniques from Eastern Europe. Atkins makes her voice sound theremin-like, insect-like, and just plain gorgeous-like. Says Garred: “This is a response to gun violence in America. I work in mental health and wondered what a mass shooter might be thinking. By the end of the song, the narrator is buried in guitar feedback and haunting vocals as he sings, ‘What I can do … now do you believe?’ ”


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