Inside The Collection: Weekly Curator Picks

Some of this week’s newest music and genre station highlights on Pandora, fresh from our curation team!

Artist Debuts

Bobby Avey

An emerging star in the jazz community, Bobby Avey has been praised by The New Yorker magazine as “a young pianist of invention and refinement.” He has released three solo albums since 2010, with his latest album Authority Melts From Me being a quintet suite inspired by the rhythms found in Haitian voodoo drumming, paying homage to the Haitian culture and featuring guest appearances from notable jazz artists like Miguel Zenon and Ben Monder.

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Matt Sucich’s music is at times reminiscent of early 2000s Freak Folk. But listen to a few of his songs and it’s immediately apparent that he’s more interested in crafting innovative tunes than dressing up a song with retro psychedelic trimmings and weird-for-the-sake-of-weird novelties. Sucich also blends elements of 1970s Country Rock twang and 1990s tinged Indie Rock melodies into his unique blend of Folk Rock.

Dawn Golden

Dawn Golden, a solo electronic production and songwriting project helmed by Dexter Tortoriello of Houses, officially started in late 2010 when a series of Bandcamp demos caught Diplo’s attention, in addition to receiving acclaim from NPR and Pitchfork. He was later signed to Mad Decent and Downtown Records, recording his debut LP Still Life over a period of three years at the Mad Decent studios in Los Angeles. Led by the single “All I Want,” his music is influenced by everything from doom metal bands like Neurosis to avant noise artists such as Xiu Xiu.

New Music

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Most notable for his solo singer-songwriter material, as well as a member of Fistful of Mercy and RNDM, critically acclaimed performer Joseph Arthur’s latest release pays homage to his friend and idol, the late Lou Reed. The all-acoustic tribute includes seminal classics from the The Velvet Underground / solo Lou Reed output including “Pale Blue Eyes,”“Walk On The Wild Side” and “Satellite of Love.”

Royksopp & RobynDo It Again

Released to coincide with their joint summer tour, Do It Again is a collaboration between Norwegian electronic music duo Royksopp and Swedish dance-pop sensation Robyn, who have previously worked together on the tracks “The Girl and the Robot” and “None Of Dem.” Included is the chart-topping title track “Do It Again” and the thumping, club-ready “Sayit.”

Genre Stations

Classical Commute

Ready for glory but stuck in traffic? Classical Commute will get you going to places your car isn’t taking you. This station of uplifting classical hits will transform your commute to an exhilarating, joyous journey. A bounty of quintessential gems by Sibelius, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rossini, the triple B’s (Bach, Beethoven & Brahms), and firebrands like Liszt and Kreisler.

Playa Mix – Ocean Park

Playa Mix – Ocean Park seeks to capture the festive atmosphere enjoyed by beach revelers at San Juan’s most famous strip of crystalline ocean and ivory-white sand, Ocean Park. It’s a mix of contemporary dance pop, electronic, Latin pop and reggaetón, as well as classic salsa, merengue and reggae, tailored to the diverse tastes of Puerto Rican sun worshippers. Playa Mix – Ocean Park provides the perfect soundtrack for long summer days under the beach umbrella.

Michelle Solomon

Music Curator http://www.pandora.com/profile/electriclandlady

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