Spark Radio by Nic Harcourt: New Music from The Linda Lindas 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.

The Linda Lindas: Growing Up
Flume feat. MAY-A: Say Nothing
SASAMI: Call Me Home
Big Nothing: Still Sorta Healing
Yawners: Suena Mejor
Triptides: Highway
SunKoffee: Pull Up
Dubstar: Token
Royksopp: Impossible feat. Alison Goldfrapp
The Jazz Butcher: Running On Fumes
Arlo Parks: Softly
Calexico: El Mirador 
Bastille: Back To The Future
Luna Li, beabadoobee: Silver Into Rain 
Dafna: Always A Dream


The Linda Lindas: Growing Up

The Linda Lindas have announced their debut LP, Growing Up, due out June 3 via Epitaph. They made it with Carlos de la Garza, father of vocalist and guitarist Lucia de la Garza and her sister, drummer Mila de la Garza, and they told Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1, “Our dad is our producer and it was kind of cool, seeing what he does all day…. I feel like recording with our dad is so much easier than recording with someone we barely know or we don’t know as well as our dad, because I feel like it’s just so much easier to be ourselves and have fun around him.”

New on the playlist this week is the title track, which was written by Lucia, who told Zane, “So I was just sitting in our living room, and it was during the pandemic, it was at a point when I was just particularly missing everyone. I was like, ‘Oh my God, we’re at this point in our lives where we’re supposed to be figuring out who we are and what we want to do with our life and stuff.’ But it sucked that I wasn’t able to do that with some of the people that are most important to me… It was like you can’t make growing up happen, but you can’t stop it from happening either. So I was just like, …I wanted to write a song about it because that’s how I found that I wanted to express myself most during the pandemic.” “Growing Up” is accompanied by a cat-filled video directed by Opening Ceremony co-founder Humberto Leon

“Directing my first video for The Linda Lindas was a dream come true because I love the message and voice the girls have, and I am a true fan,” Leon says. “I was really inspired by the girl’s love of cats and wanted to take that to the next level and so the video is a conversation about turning points in their lives all being viewed through the gaze of their cats. It creates a narrative of whether the cats want to trade places with the girls or vice-a-versa. This video was extra special because I worked with the girls on designing the outfits with Batsheva, styling the looks with Rodarte and Warby Parker. The entire video was a collaboration between me and the girls. By shooting the video on iPhone 13 Pro Max, it created an intimacy with the video that felt like we were listening in on a day in the life of The Linda Lindas.”