Playlist of the Week (2018/48)

Playlist of the Week no 48, 2018: Folks & Strokes by Mark Joseph Parsons of Berthmark

This week’s POTW is brought to you by Dubliner Mark Joseph Parsons, who writes and performs as Berthmark. His musical journey started with a tin whistle and a bodhran and expanded to other instruments as time went on. He’s big on story telling – his songs tend to start as short stories and get translated into music after. Being a storyteller, he’s also looking to progress to writing for film.

Mark’s Folks and Strokes playlist has an indie-folk singer-songwriter feel to it, with names you’ll recognise like Van Morrison, Glen Hansard, Ray LaMontagne, The Pogues and Badly Drawn Boy. But there’s a twist – these artists have been paired with independent artists you may not know already, such as Garrett, Katie Ellen and Vic Cracknell. The result is a charming, laid-back folk-fest which is easy to work to.

Playlist of the Week (2018/47)

Playlist of the Week No 47, 2018: Instrumental Awesome by Bruce Forst
This week’s POTW comes from Bruce Forst, the person behind the artist Brusalan. There isn’t a lot of information available about Brusalan online, but what is there seems to suggest that he is trying to make music from ‘happy accidents’, making music experimentally and choosing the parts that turn out to be pleasing to his ears.

The playlist is ‘what it says on the tin’!


Playlist of the Week (2018/46)

Playlist of the Week No 46: Filtersweep Collective - Stay Clean 2018This week’s POTW is another from the Filtersweep Collective stable,  Jamie Christie’s Filtersweep Collective – Stay Clean 2018.  I’ve previously introduced you to Jamie in July, when I covered his easy listening/AOR playlist geared up for lazy weekend mornings.

This playlist is a mix of genres tending towards a slightly dark flavour, anchored by the synth-tronica of JJ Christie himself and other indie and synthy artists like Resonanz Kreis and War Syntaire. It’s not all about the synths, though: there’s a good balance of guitar-orientated music in the selection. It also has its lighter moments, such as Robert Maitland’s optimistic song All is Well, and the beautiful cinematic piano piece The Song Without a Name from Merlijn Depré.

All in all it’s a really nice showcase of a variety of independent music – I don’t think there’s a single track in this collection by a mainstream artist.

Rating: “PG” – This playlist mostly avoids songs with the ‘explicit’ label for swearing or adult themes, as the title of the list might suggest, but there are a couple of exceptions with the odd stronger word.

Playlist of the Week (2018/45)

#POTW No 45: Electric Road Trip by Tobi

My Playlist of the Week this time around is Electric Road Trip. As implied in the name, it is full of electronic music of different kinds with the emphasis on pop, EDM and other upbeat styles, and it is a very listenable mix of tunes.

The playlist curator, Toby Davis, is a Luxembourg-based musician and producer who is very much involved in getting independent music into the ears of music fans. He says, “Good producing is like good plumbing: if you do your job right, no one notices.”* He is one of the key figures behind the ‘Monsterthread Community’ of independent music artists, and he also writes for Brash! Magazine as well as being a professional graphic designer and being all over the interwebs. He’s notably active in the  thread on Twitter, which promotes new music from less well known artists.  I’m actually quite surprised that I haven’t written about him before now; that’s clearly an oversight on my part, given how much Toby does on behalf of label-free musicians.

Some of Toby’s recent productions include The Strand by Daniel Feinberg, and Yours by Katie Ellen. He is also a keen remixer – you can hear some examples here.


* Bass playing usually follows the same rule, also.