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Stumptown Soundtracks: A Seductive Portland Playlist

Perhaps you’re under a blanket on a hillside, or hiding out the winter in your tiny house: either way, invite some company and hit play. You’re welcome.

By Fiona McCann November 14, 2016 Published in the December 2016 issue of Portland Monthly

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1. Pleasure, "Glide" 
The ’70s, in 6.5 minutes

2. Aminé, "Caroline"
Sex, beats, and Tarantino

3. STRFKR, "Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second"
Breezy pop rock that became a Target commercial

4. Lifesavas, "Me" 
A jazzy time capsule of alt-hip-hop circa 2003 plus Northeast smack-talk

5. Pure Bathing Culture, "Singer"
Sarah Versprille’s light, sweet vocals on vocals

6. Talkdemonic, "Mountaintops in Caves"
Synth meets sweeping strings in strange soundscapes.

7. Symmetry, "Over the Edge"
Part of the movie soundtrack that never was

8. EL VY, Ural Thomas, "Sleepin’ Light"
Supergroup plus super soul

9. Esperanza Spalding, "City of Roses" 
Portland’s jazz queen sings up her hometown.

10. Unknown Mortal Orchestra, "Multi-Love" 
The perils of polyamory, brought to you by springy synth

11. Corrina Repp, "Release Me"
Haunting, ethereal insistence. Let her go, would you!

12. The Last Artful Dodgr and Myke Bogan, "Mornin Dew" 
Smoky vocals and sick beats 

13. Pink Martini, "Sympathique"
Defining the underemployed, chain-smoking masses of Portland’s ’90s. In French.

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