in. Curated By Little May

Written By the interns on 10/07/2015


Music is one of the fastest moving art scenes in the world and artists’ interests are constantly changing, as are the audience’s tastes. in. is a specially curated playlist by an artist who we feel has the finger on the pulse musically – one who can share things you may not have heard but can also shed some light into what’s influencing them creatively.

There's been so much folk music coming out of Australia over the last few years that nowadays it's easy to box it all into the same category and pass over it. On paper, Little May are a Sydney folk trio but there's something more to them. They're music goes deeper. It's dark, textured and dynamic shedding the "twee" label that's often handed to music in the genre. They're vivid lyricists and phenomenal musicians with it all coming together to form what is sure to be one of the year's best debut's For The Company.

For The Company was produced by The National’s Aaron Brooking Dessner in New York and sits somewhere between Sharon Van Etten and, appropriately, The National themselves. They've taken the barebones of folk music and expanded it with dense guitars and rumbling drums that add power to their already striking lyrics. 

In order to get behind the inner-workings and influence of the band we asked them to put together a list of songs they're spinning at the moment and they came back to us with a diverse list covering everything from Nick Cave to Saskwatch.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Room at the Top of the World
My boyfriend filled me in on the context behind this song and since hearing I have had it on repeat. Apparently Petty wrote this whilst he was going through a divorce and his bass player was back in rehab for heroin addiction. "I love you please love me, I'm not so bad" was a lyric that really touched me.. unrequited love is a real bitch.

Electric Light Orchestra - Showdown
If I'm in a bad/sad mood this song without a doubt will turn my frown upside down. In my eyes, it's a classic

Blake Mills - Seven
I can't resist a good love song and I'm pretty obsessed with Blake Mill's record Heigh Ho. Also Fiona Apple harmonises on this track so you can imagine it's a pretty special end result.

The Vaccines - Minimal Affection 
This song is just plain sexy. Whenever I hear it I also just get this visual of Annie pulling one of her many pretty kewl dance moves which also makes me very happy. We were lucky enough to play a few shows overseas with these guys and they are absolute legends so that also helps!

Saskwatch - Every Morning
It was about 6 weeks into our trip away earlier this year. We'd just finished the album and were in Brighton for The Great Escape. I heard this song for the first time in Brighton and I associate it with missing loved ones. Very deeply.

Dorsal Fins - Superstar
Another love song. I am obsessed with the way Jarrad and Ella, the lead singers, harmonise and connect with each other, especially live. If you ever get a chance to see a gig do it!

Nick Cave - Push the Sky Away
King. Of. Cool.

Margot and the Nuclear So and So's - Ludlow Junk Hustle
This song takes me back to Hudson (where we recorded the album). Jon Low played us a few songs by these guys and I just get to relive really happy memories when I listen to this song.

Paul Kelly - I Won't Be Your Dog Anymore
I guess the title says it all. A song of redemption. Of freedom. My favourite kind of song.

New Gods - Caravan Park
I found this track pretty confronting when I first listened. Incredible Aussie band and this song is my kind of poetry.

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Bruce Springsteen - Atlantic City
I will never get sick of this song. Off my favourite album of all time, Nebraska, I think this song was one of the main reasons why I wanted to start writing.