POTW (2019/13): Ryan's Roadtrip

Ryan’s Roadtrip, this week’s Playlist of the Week, is the personal favourite tracks of Ryan Doherty, an independent artist who lives in Birmingham, England. Ryan is a fantastic guitarist and you can hear several of his recordings in the playlist, notably For Another Way with its haunting gravelly vocal and beautifully layered guitars.

Ryan’s Roadtrip mostly comprises classic tracks from the mainstream, however, and covers grunge, rock, blues, britpop, triphop, electronica and pop (with the odd curveball thrown in). The emphasis is firmly towards guitar-oriented rock music (noting that Marillion occupies approximately 10% of this playlist’s tracks) but there are also tracks from Enigma, Massive Attack and Gabrielle Aplin, which balance out the mix. It’s a good list for playing in the car, as the name suggests!

Rating: 15 (there are a couple of tracks designated ‘explicit’ in this list).

POTW (2019/4): Anything New

This week’s Playlist of the Week is more conventional – lots and lots of new music, collated by Trent Herzman, who is an indie artist himself, from Oceanside in California. If you’ve not heard Trent’s work before, check out the first couple of tracks for a sample, he has a great voice, a 60s psychedelic vibe and you can really hear the Californian influence.

Trent’s playlist Anything New is a collection of recent songs by independent artists. It’s not exclusive to any particular genre, but rock is well represented. It’s a nice quality collection – great recordings and production, strong melodies and lyrical content.