Self-Untitled

Once again we find ourselves existing in the pandemic. This week's featured album is Tom McRae's self-titled debut, which after 20 years is about to get an anniversary reissue next month. This record remains a slice of masterful songwriting with a great ear for creating a vacuum and filling it with searing atmosphere in instrumentation, along with consistenty spine-tingling cello arrangements from Olly Kraus — their live performances together were always something special, as the cello played through a bank of guitar pedals produced tremendous sound.

Playlist

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  1. What You Gonna Do? (feat. Graham Coxon) by Bastille on What You Gonna Do? (Virgin) $ Buy
  2. Vixiantes Do Espello by Triángulo de Amor Bizarro on Vixiantes Do Espello (Mushroom Pillow) $ Buy
  3. Break
  4. You Cut Her Hair by Tom McRae on Tom McRae (Db) $ Buy
  5. I am a Wicked Child by Radiohead on Com Lag (XL) $ Buy
  6. Whole New Mess by Angel Olsen on Whole New Mess (Jagjaguwar) $ Buy
  7. Break
  8. A & B Song by Tom McRae on Tom McRae (Db) $ Buy
  9. Break
  10. Pipe Dreams by Travis on The Invisible Band (Craft) $ Buy
  11. The Door by Turin Brakes on The Optimist LP (Source) $ Buy
  12. Where the Humans Eat by Willy Mason on Where the Humans Eat (Virgin) $ Buy
  13. Flower by Eels on Beautiful Freak (Dreamworks) $ Buy
  14. Break
  15. Plans We Made by Son Lux on Tomorrows Volume 1 (City Slang) $ Buy
  16. Manganese by Roger Eno & Brian Eno on Mixing Colours (Expanded) (Deutsche Grammophon) $ Buy
  17. Sao Paulo Rain by Tom McRae on Tom McRae (Db) $ Buy
  18. Ambition by Doves on Some Cities (EMI) $ Buy
  19. Break
  20. Summer Wine by Alex Kapranos & Clara Luciani on Summer Wine (Domino) $ Buy
  21. My Mistakes Were Made for You by The Last Shadow Puppets on The Age of the Understatement (Domino) $ Buy
  22. Lucky Man by Tom McRae on Ah, the World! Oh, the World! (Buzzed Tree) $ Buy
  23. A Litany/Heart Swells by Los Campesinos! on Sick Scenes (Wichita) $ Buy
  24. Break
  25. Dreamland by Glass Animals on Dreamland (Wolf Tone) $ Buy
  26. Need You Now by Hot Chip on Why Make Sense? (Domino) $ Buy
  27. Loneliness by Falle Nioke & Ghost Culture on Youkounkoun EP (PRAH) $ Buy
  28. On by Kelly Lee Owens on Inner Song (Smalltown Supersound) $ Buy
  29. Break
  30. Thinking Of (feat. Marta) by Tricky on Fall to Pieces (False Idols) $ Buy
  31. When You Play The Flute, But Your Mother Is Like… by Gajek on Vitamin D (Throttle) $ Buy
  32. Time to Walk Away by Washed Out on Purple Noon (Sub Pop) $ Buy
  33. Break
  34. Reflecting Light (feat. Sananda Maitreya & Vashti Bunyan) by The Avalanches on Wherever You Go/Reflecting Light (Modular Recordings) $ Buy