Portland Monthly’s Essential Spring 2022 Playlist

Fresh tracks from Portlanders old and new to spin this spring

By Conner Reed March 22, 2022 Published in the Spring 2022 issue of Portland Monthly

Yesterday's equinox made it official: the cherries are blossoming, the thaw has begun, and it's time to shift our soundtracks. We've compiled springy favorites some of the Rose City's best crooners to get you started—be sure to follow us on Spotify for more mixes.

“Baby Britain,” Logan Lynn

A brash hyperpop update of Elliott Smith’s 1999 XO track  

“Ex-Wife,” MAITA

A hypnotically jagged two-parter from the indie rocker’s February LP, I Just Want to Be Wild for You

Magic,” Reva DeVito

Slick audio sunshine to blast as the clouds part

All Me,” Kingsley

Classic sad disco stuff—“I drank up all my money / And I tried, I’m still lonely”—sold like gangbusters by Kingsley’s distinct vocals

Outside,” Les Gold

High-camp gloom (complete with a spaghetti western guitar lick) bumps against unabashed joy, to thrilling effect

Night Things ...,” M A N E

Mercurial, groovy, ultra-compelling weirdo-pop of the highest order

“Lemoncello,” Northside Tego

Shimmering midtempo rap that glows with quiet contentment

“Seven A.M.,” Pure Bathing Culture

The Portland dream-pop maestros spin glassy gold. (7 a.m. is the most spring time of day, no further questions.)

“Revolución,” Frankie Simone

A bouncy, bilingual call to arms with a certified ass-shaking breakdown

“Tomorrow (Slowed & Reverbed),” Kyo-2, Macintosh Plus, Saint Pepsi, and Benny Alexander 

A drippy, dreamy remix from the Portland electronic music mastermind Macintosh Plus

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