The first playlist of February. The sun is coming up a little earlier every morning and staying up a little later each evening. Sure, the windchill is going to be well below freezing for the next week, but with the added sunlight it’s time to start thinking ahead to spring’s arrival.

“Brisbane Radio” – Stephen’s Shore
I always associate strummy Aussie music like this with spring, for some reason. So this song arrives at the perfect time.

“Heartlow” – Jane Weaver
I initially added this song because it reminds me of 1960s Franco-pop, or more modern takes on that sound by artists like Fabienne Delsol. Then I read up on Weaver and found that she was born in 1972, which adds to the throw-back feel. I have to give props to anyone who is roughly my age and is still making new music.

“Baby, Sleep” – Maximo Park
I had no idea Maximo Park was still recording. I was a big fan in the mid-’00s but had lost track of them. Looks like they released three singles last year and a new one just a few weeks back. I guess I have some catching up to do.

“Holy Show” – Pillow Queens
I just discovered this Irish band a week or so ago. Their In Waiting album is quite good, and this is an excellent Track One that sets the tone for what’s to come.

“River Mountain Love” – Truck Stop Love
I believe this is a demo version of my favorite song from this Manhattan, Kansas band. It doesn’t match the energy of the album version, which came out in late ’93 or early ’94, but it’s the one that is available on Spotify.

What if Motörhead wrote “Personal Jesus” by Depeche Mode?
This is awesome. Reach out and touch faith.