Spark Radio by Nic Harcourt: New Music from Alex Cameron, Daniel Rossen, Big Thief 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.

Daniel Rossen: Shadow In The Frame
Alex Cameron: Best Life
Melody’s Echo Chamber: Looking Backward
Big Thief: Simulation Swarm
Khruangbin & Leon Rogers: Chocolate Hills
Band Of Horses: Lights
Superchunk: This Night
Uwade: Do You See The Light’s Around Me
The Reds Pinks And Purples: Let’s Pretend We’re Not In Love
Hatchie: Quicksand
Morgan Reese: Butterflies
Alex The Astronaut: Airport
Jarvis Cocker & Gustavo Santaolalla: This House Is

Alex Cameron: Best Life

Australian musician and sometime Killers collaborator Alex Cameron has announced a new album, Oxy Music, which will be out March. Alex says the album is “a story, a work of fiction, mostly from the perspective of a man. Starved of meaningful purpose, confused about the state of the world, and in dire need of a reason to live – a person can, and according to the latest statistics, increasingly will, turn to opioids. This is one of those people.”

Alex co-produced the album with Justin Nijssen and Lilah Larson, and it was mixed by Mount Kimbie’s Kai Campos. The record features Alex’s longtime collaborator, saxophonist and business partner, Roy Molloy, as well as appearances by Sleaford Mods’ Jason Williamson and rapper Lloyd Vines. New on the playlist this week is an advance track “Best Life,” a song that explores the idea of accepting someone’s imperfections and positive qualities via his patented brand of synthy heartland rock. The video was directed by his partner, Jemima Kirke, who also co-stars in it.