Spark Radio by Nic Harcourt: New Music from Barrie, Portugal the Man, 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 Beths: A Real Thing
Kadhja Bonet: For You (Many Selves Version)
Jeremy Ivey: Trial By Fire
Portugal The Man: What Me Worry
Barrie: Jenny
Superchunk: On The Floor
Sunflower Bean: Who Put You Up To This
Pillow Queens: Hearts & Minds
Fantastic Negrito: Highest Bidder
Beau: Loverman
Sharon Van Etten: Porta
Spoon: My Babe

Barrie: Jenny
Brooklyn-based songwriter and producer Barrie’s sophomore album, Barbara, is set for a March release and the latest single “Jenny” is new on this week’s playlist. “I was looking to James Taylor for the guitar and The Band for the organ to try to capture an Americana feel for Jenny,” Barrie says. “These artists are able to simultaneously encapsulate a swagger and an earnestness that gives their music a grown-up, classic feel. I wanted Jenny to be like an American Songbook song; any level of musician could play it and it would feel good to play either alone with one’s guitar, around a campfire with some friends, or at a big concert with everyone singing along. I wrote it while reflecting on a memory from tour, when I met my wife. We had a day off in Austin, and a group of us went swimming in a creek. I was picturing that day, before I was aware of any connection between us, and imagining how it would have played out if I had been. I wasn’t devoted right away, I wasn’t sure.”