Every Tuesday morning I stumble/fall out of bed at 4:15 am and wobble myself to my downstairs office. And every week, as I put on my headphones and begin to sort through the mountain of new releases the day has brought forth I wonder what the Hell I am doing. Why do I punish myself like this? By the end of the day, however, I have assembled a 40-odd song compilation of as much new music as I could fit. A staggering, but still digestible cross section of the music the countless hardworking artists out there offer up each week sits ready to be shared with the world. And it is in these moments….this end of the day return to the headphones to listen through what has been assembled here, that I have no doubts as to why it is worth it to walk blurry-eyed along darkened corridors in the hours which on any other morning would still be considered “night”. Awake at a time when many of the artists I am exploring are probably still up rather than just up. It’s worth it because this collection is amazing. Every week…Amazing. There is just a mind-boggling amount of new astounding music being made. This is my attempt to help you (and myself) embrace as much of it as we can.
And what is it that I have crafted for you?
This playlist holds an incredibly diverse sampling of tracks lovingly selected from albums newly released this week. They appear in no order of grand significance, rather they are listed here alphabetically by artist to enhance the joyously random experience that is the Audio Bonsai: Fresh Cuts playlist.
Our mission over the next week, we as curators and you as active participants in the musical community, is to bring order to the chaos. No, not the order imposed on us by the major labels. Not the order dictated by back room payola broadcast deals. We, together, will take a simpler route to audio contentment.
We will listen.
We will listen and enjoy.
And we will voice our opinions about what we enjoy.
For our part, we will select one track per day from this beautifully chaotic list to feature as our Song of the Day. Each song so selected will be added to the “Songs of the Day” playlist on Rdio and Spotify. Follow that playlist for a more curated new-music experience.
And you? Your task is to select the Song of the Week. One, and only one track from this list full of outstanding music will be crowned the Song of the Week based on the upvotes and downvotes from our subreddit at /r/audiobonsai. Every song on this list is now a contender. Which one will be chosen?
How, you might ask, can you become more involved with this evolution from chaos to order? Follow the Spotify ReFresh playlist or the Rdio Refresh Playlist. While the playlist above is THIS week’s newest music, the ReFresh playlist is an ever-changing mixtape doppelganger that is gutted and rebuilt every week so that it is always THE newest. The current Fresh Cuts playlist will automatically arrive on you listening device so that you can focus on the important part…the listening.