Much like the classic mixtape, Tracklisted presents a collection of songs under a selected theme, which you can check out below. Click on the provided Spotify playlist and listen to this week’s arrangement while you read a few words about the selections.
Earlier this month, LA-based singer-songwriter Caitlin Eadie dropped her sophomore full length album, Balancing Act, described to AXS as: “a look inside the personal journey and evolution I’ve been on the last few years. Between uprooting my life, falling in and out of love, and balancing my earliest influences with all the experimental ideas and sounds flooding my head.” Making this record, according to Eadie, was “about being honest when it’s felt uncomfortable, sharing my eccentricities with the world, and embracing the good, the bad, the ugly and all the in-between life has to offer.” First, sample the songstress below, then check out a playlist of her inspirations, along with some words on the selections.
Paolo Nutini — One Day
Paolo Nutini has probably been one of the most influential artists for me. The way he uses his voice to make his stories come to life, and the way he builds each one of his songs has always inspired me, and has pushed me to try to do the same. He has also created very eclectic albums, and has let his voice tie it all together, which was one of the goals for my album.
Melanie Martinez — Mrs. Potato Head
Melanie Martinez’s Cry Baby album was a major production reference when we went into producing some of the songs on the album. I love cinematic production, so her body of work was such a muse for me. I also love her ability to bring societal issues to light in a catchy and universal way.
TLC — No Scrubs
I have a thing for late ’90s R&B. Heading to the studio, or heading back home from the studio always calls for playing ’90s jams the whole way.
The Isley Brothers — This Old Heart Of Mine
Tracy Chapman — Give Me One Reason
This is my favorite song of all time. Even though I was probably only three or four the first time I heard it, I’d beg my dad to replay this song over and over again when I was a child. I love the groove of this song and its slow build.
Patsy Cline — She’s Got You
I also grew up listening to a lot of traditional country music because my grandpa had an extensive collection of country records. I’d get so excited for the summer, because I knew it meant I could explore and listen to his collection again. He had every Patsy Cline album, so she became a huge influence, especially vocal wise. I also really admired the songwriting and storytelling in her songs.
Paolo Nutini — Coming Up Easy
“It was in love I was created and in love is how I hope I die” is one of my favorite lyrics. Paolo has just been a huge influence and inspiration; I couldn’t pick just one song for this playlist. I love the groove and the lyrics in this song.
Kings of Leon — Pyro
Kings of Leon are one of my favorite bands. This is my favorite song of theirs. I love his voice, the arrangement, and the production.
Robert Johnson — Love in Vain
I grew up listening to Robert Johnson and a lot of other blues music. His voice is one of my favorites. I received one of his albums as a gift when I first moved to LA and I listened to his CD for that whole first year every time I was in my car. There’s just something in the way he sings and plays.
Fugees — Killing Me Softly With His Song
This song is one of my most favorite songs of all time. Lauryn Hill’s voice is also one of my favorites. I love songs that make you want to sing along. The programmed drums, the vocal melody, and the stacked vocals in this production all fit so perfectly.
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