Nic Harcourt’s Best New Music Spark Radio Playlist – Bent Knee’s “Queer Gods” + More


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It’s Friday, which means it’s time for Spark’s music expert and legendary L.A. radio DJ Nic Harcourt to weigh in on what new music he’s got on repeat at the moment. Below, he shares his newest picks added to his Spark Radio playlist and shares a spotlight on his favorite earworm of the week.

Added this week:

Bent Knee: Queer Gods
Koffee: West Indies
The Mysterines: Hung Up
Tears For Fears: The Tipping Point
Tori Amos: Speaking With Trees
Beau: Captivated
LP: Angles
Winnetka Bowling League: Pulp
Johnny Marr: Spirit Power and Soul
Cat Power: A Pair Of Brown Eyes
The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die: Queen Sophie For President
Gang of Youths: the man himself
Robert Glasper: Shine (Feat D Smoke + Tiffany Gouché)
Cat Power: Bad Religion
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss: High And Lonesome

Bent Knee: Queer Gods

Boston art-rockers Bent Knee are readying their sixth album, Frosting, due November 5 via Take This To Heart Records. The process of making the album during a pandemic allowed the band to take a little more time fleshing out the songs. “This was definitely very different,” said band member and producer Vince Welch. “Every other album had basically been the band in a room at at least some point in the process, but we finished this one still having never played these songs together. And then the technological limitation of having to send each other everything created this different dynamic that slowed everything down. You didn’t have to react to an idea in like half a second – you could take an afternoon to ponder it.”

“The whole record is a mix of lighthearted and pretty songs, and then heavy, nasty songs,” Vince adds. “I initially thought it was going to have to be multiple EPs, but we decided to lean into the differences between the songs and find an album order that switches as aggressively as possible.” Check out the single “Queer Gods” new to the playlist this week and/or watch the Ben Levin-animated video below.