Spark Radio by Nic Harcourt: New Music from Frank Turner, Father John Misty, and 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.

Frank Turner: A Wave Across A Bay
Tears For Fears: Break The Man
!!! (CHK CHK CHK): All I Wanted Was A Photograph
Hurray For The Riff Raff: Pierced Arrows
ME REX: Skin It Itches
Colatura: Team Sport
Daisy Glaze: Call Me Midnight
Beshken: Social Suicide
Imarhan: Adat Newlan Ft: Gruff Rhys
Muse: Won’t Stand Down
Erin Rae: Modern Woman
Gang Of Youths: in the wake of your leave
Colatura: Team Sport
Father John Misty: Funny Girl
The Smile: You Will Never Work In Television Again 
Tom Freund with Ben Harper: He Was A Friend of Mine
Beau: San Francisco
Sol Pereyra with Poirier: Seguir
Ana Sanz: Vital
Mondo Cozmo: Meant For Livin’
Luka Kloser: One More Time

SPOTLIGHT: Frank Turner: A Wave Across A Bay

Seeing as we’ve been away over the holidays, we’re back with a whole sackful of new music to kick off your new year. Our Spotlight track this week comes from Frank Turner, off his upcoming album FTHC, and it’s a very touching tribute to the late Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison. “I still miss my friend Scott everyday,” Frank said. “His passing left such a huge hole in so many lives. I wrote this song in his honour and memory — it was hard to write and record, but I think it does the man some small justice.” The lyrics are brutally raw. “There must have been a moment, just before you hit the water/ When you were filled with a sense of peace and understanding. With the wind in your hair and a light in your eyes/ As you realized you were finally escaping. But somehow in that moment, you miraculously miss it/ Like a wave across a bay never breaking/And that’s how I like to think of you, ever falling, never landing/ Rolling slowly out to sea and always smiling. You were always smiling”. It’s brave, authentic songwriting. The song’s also coming out on a  7” single that raises money for the Hutchison family’s mental health charity Tiny Changes.