Haven’t been as deep into the new music the last couple weeks, so this didn’t come together as quickly or smoothly as usual. I’ll adjust my listening habits for next week.

“Something” – Hater
Some solid, noir-ish indie rock from Sweden. I keep wanting to say this has a mid-90s feeling to it, but I’m not sure that’s right or not. I realized the other day that my ability to distinguish between musical eras isn’t as sharp as it used to be. So what may sound like the ’90s to me could really be from the early-00s.

“Not In Love” – Lady Dan
Musically, I don’t hear the ’90s at all in this track. But lyrically?

I’d like to write a love song about anyone
The problem is I’m so angry all the time
And I’m not in love

Yeah, that seems pretty angsty and ’90s-like.

“Nothing But a Heartache” – The Flirtations
This is definitely not a ’90s song. It’s from 1968, to be precise. And it is brilliant.

“It’s Over, If We Run Out of Love” – David Holmes featuring Raven Violet
Belfast producer Holmes released this on Valentine’s Day. Given all that is going on in the world, it seems like we might be about tapped out on the love side of things.

“Cult of Personality” – Living Colour
These guys were awesome. Looking back, I’m somewhat surprised they didn’t have more success into the ’90s. Their sound, while rooted in ’80s metal, was certainly progressive enough to not sound super out-of-place in the grunge era. The fact they were a Black band should have made them fit in just fine as alternative rock was breaking down the restrictions that had long limited traditional hard rock. And they had some depth to their lyrics which, again, makes them more ’90s than ’80s. Oh well. This is a band that definitely should have had more success in their prime. They’ve hung around and are still making music, so good for them.