Discover the new musical releases of the manual from June 2022

It’s time for another song that includes music releases from June 2022. Post-pandemic therapy… that’s how we’ll describe the cavalcade of creative audio expression that’s spilling over into 2022. Like a chain of patients, all reaching moments of clarity at once, we listeners are gifted with a parade of emotional expression that strikes the heart again and again.


  • ‘Hennesey’, Bartees Strange
  • ‘Accidental Milonga’, Alisa Amador
  • ‘Panda Scout’, Little Panda Scout Monk
  • ‘Fall Back’, Drake
  • ‘Lie, lie, lie’, Marcus King
  • “The Last Ride”, Sidhu Moose Wala
  • “I can’t help falling in love”, Kacey Musgraves
  • ‘nothing (in my head),’ Pinkshift

Like a compassionate counselor, sit back and relax into the effective waves.

Be Speelman

‘Hennesey’, Bartees Strange

Bartees Strange – Hold the Line (Official Audio)

Bartees Strange has received rave reviews and in-depth reviews exploring its cross-genre success. On his new album, From farm to table, the man born Bartees Cox draws up a buffet of musical styles. No matter what mood strikes, Strange can satisfy your appetite. There’s arena rock, unconventional hip-hop and acoustic ballads all held on the same contemporary canvas, splashes of color bound together by the effect of the creator.

In the middle of it is Hennessy, a slow wave, weaving these elements together into a cheerful web of jazz, hip-hop and indie folk. Plucking the wires, Strange is joined by superb collaborative polyphonic harmony. If there was ever a song that embodied a musical collage, torn pieces tattooed over a three-dimensional heart, this is it.

‘Accidental Milonga’, Alisa Amador

Speaking of hypnotic instrumental harmony emanating from the human breast, we refer you to piece B: Accidental Milonga. In the opening song, the world finally discovers Alisa Amador’s celestial hits. Played in Chicago on the last day of May, Accidental Milonga finds Amador’s heartfelt, soaring lyrics cascading through a string arrangement by a quartet from Washington, DC. Ironically, the song about not belonging led to Amador’s re-entry into his professional music house.

With Latin folk musician parents, Amador’s upbringing spanned a multiplicity of cultures. His parents’ musical lifestyle took Amador from Boston to Maine, Puerto Rico and Argentina. As a result, Amador has been singing since she was 4 years old and has entered NPR’s Tiny Desk competition every year since 2018. COVID-19 caused the musician to reconsider those dreams, but she composed anyway. Accidental Milongaa singing farewell to the music industry and the song that finally propelled it into the limelight.

First rehearsed hours before the performance, just try not to be moved by Amador and the quartet at NPR’s Tiny Music headquarters.

‘Panda Scout’, Little Panda Scout Monk

Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Panda Scout’s song nails it – tight, rhythmic, infectious melodic breaks and pitch shifts. There are Elvis rhymes with Elvish, references to living the land in Mount Tabor Park, and a panda playing the piano.

It’s a downright infectious take on the offbeat effort put together by No-No Boy folk rocker Julian Saporiti and his partner, Emilia Halvorsen, an aspiring lawyer providing backup vocals and drum beats, and Julia McGarrity on the keys behind the black-and-white bear head.

Sometimes bands show pure, professional talent. On this track live from Seattle’s KEXP, Panda Scout’s easy chops almost tease with its ease, reveling in the frosting of a well-baked cake of a song.

Good luck finding the group, though. They are probably hidden in a wooded hiding place away from the prying eyes of the world. Be glad we were able to catch a rare sighting during their June 29 visit. Look for Panda Scout in and around the Northwest.

‘Fall Back’, Drake

It seems like every song on this month’s music chart has a little something extra to offer, whether it’s a live performance or a 9-minute long musical film starring the striker of NBA Tristan Thompson as Drake’s Groom’s Best Man marrying about 32 different people. women.

Arriving with a driving, self-tuned beat and mechanical lyrics, Drake knows how to grip the listener with the bass, synth flourishes. After breaking it with each of his wives (and an energetic performance by secular wedding singer, Dan Finnerty), we’re led into a rhythmic electro-bass under electric lights and lots of twerking.

Like many deep house tracks, the lyrics slowly meld into hypnotic vocals, a slamming cadence over the deep beat. Drake’s surprise 2022 album shines as he listens to looser arrangements like Fall back. It’s less about deep insights than just leaning into the music.

‘Lie, lie, lie’, Marcus King

Speaking of prolific, it seems like 26-year-old South Carolina bluesman Marcus King never stops coming out from behind his axe. Insight new bloodhis sixth release since debuting in 2015, King dropped Lie, lie, lie June 23. If the song is any clue, King’s next release in August will feature just as many heartbreaking progressions.

King shows off his smoldering country blues in this fiery correspondence to an ex. With dervish drummer Chris St. Hilaire providing a vicious pulse and Nick Movshon laying down easy bass grooves, it allows King to settle into a crisp riff that stays with you for days.

Where the head stuffing settles into your inner ears in Lie, lie, lie first half, King launches into the stratosphere in the song’s second act. Uncomfortable with just burning bridges, King unleashes notes of nuclear force, bursting in slapping bluesy chords in a Southern rock flair.

“The Last Ride”, Sidhu Moose Wala

The video of Sidhu Moose Wala The last round debuted in May, but the performer never made it to June. Shot by gang members in broad daylight, Wala became another fallen rising star of gangsta rap on the other side of the world.

Hailing from the village of Moosa in the northern Indian state of Punjab, Sidhu Moose Wala was a revered actor, songwriter, rapper and personality. A victim, like too many others before it, of territorial disputes and internal violence, the murder shocked the Punjabi community. Thousands of fans and admirers attended his cremation and Bhog (memorial service).

Fans, Artists, Politicians, Children, Young Old and others
Flooded the Mansa (Punjab) to attend Moose wala’s Bhog (Antim Ardaas)…
The emotional father also addressed a huge gathering.😥
"Lion Sidhu Moosewala"
It’s the love he won… 😥
Alvida brother…🙏#sidhumooswala

— Amandeep Singh (@Amandee26050047) June 8, 2022

It was not Moose Wala, the prodigal son, who returned to raise his house after immigrating to Canada; he wrapped up a prolific output in five years, recording over 100 songs. Tragically, a song about being killed young is his last testament. The last round is a dark banger, offering the jaded look of a people too often traumatized.

“All is revealed in the eyes of the young boy… the funeral will take place in his youth.”

“I can’t help falling in love”, Kacey Musgraves

There is a delicate protocol when covering songs, especially those by revered artists. The take should both be talented enough to live up to the original version, but sound innovative enough to stand out from the original take. Think of Kurt Cobain’s 1993 ode to his hero Lead Belly, playing Where did you sleep last night? (aka, In the Pines) live of MTV unplugged.

Country queen Kacey Musgraves performs Elvis’ most famous ballad in black in the rain, I can’t help falling in lovethe singer wrings the soppy nostalgia out of the melody and ends up with a searing, searing heartbreaker.

Made for and appearing on the Elvis soundtrack, Musgraves needs just over two and a half minutes to evoke the heartbreaking misery that is love found only to become love lost somewhere along the way.

‘nothing (in my head),’ Pinkshift

Excuse the potential profanity, but on first listen, Pinkshift sounds like a tougher, equally arrogant evolution of No Doubt, the band that shattered the 1990s pop-punk ethos with a self-conscious punk anthem and a fitting anthem to the emotional trauma of being separated for so long, especially for young people.

Hailing from Baltimore, Pinkshift was set to hit the road for her first major tour before pandemic considerations put a stop to big plans. Not wanting to be shut down by a simple shutdown, Pinkshift shifted gears and released the virus I will tell my therapist about you end of July. Now, two years later and finally on tour, Pinkshift have announced their new album with the release of the undeniably smart aleck, nothing (in my head).

“At night, I’m all alone, wondering what’s next, but I’ll never know,” pleads lead singer Ashrita Kumar, hammering chords and beating drums.

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