Saudade – an emotional gauntlet.

There is no word in English for the Portuguese noun, Saudade. It translates roughly as “a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves”, according to Wikipedia.

I did my best to create an hour long mixtape devoted to songs that evoke this complicated emotion. Enjoy.

The new Monthly Mixtape

There have been some changes to the Overdub’s monthly playlists. Instead of a new playlist every month, there is now just one playlist called ‘Monthly Mixtape’ that resets itself at the beginning of every month. So be sure to save the songs you like!

You can find archived monthly playlists on my Spotify profile here.

5 best overlooked albums of 2015 (so far)

Written by: Gianluca Pezzuti

There are tons of virtually unknown artists that released great albums in the first half of 2015. Here are five.

Honorable Mentions: Travis Bretzer – Waxing Romantic; Motorama – Poverty; Juan Wauters – Who Me?

5. Cotillon – Cotillon

Jordan Corso, frontman of Cotillon, describes the band’s sound as “flower punk”. That’s stupid. This is good sad music for good sad feelings.

Best songs: ‘Gloom’, ‘Lyman’, ‘Convenience’

You might like Cotillon if you like: Gorgeous Bully; The Dang Dangs

4. No Vacation – Amo XO amo xo

You could roll your eyes at No Vacation. Their first single was called ‘Beach Bummer’ and they describe themselves as ‘post tropical sadcore’. You could roll your eyes but it would be a mistake. The indie pop duo started as a dorm room collaboration at university in San Francisco and just released their debut mixtape, ‘Amo XO’. Musically beyond their years but emotionally age-appropriate, they sing about teenage problems like laundry day with the sincerity only actual teenagers can muster.

Best Songs: ‘Beach Bummer’, ‘Laundry Day’, ‘Late Morning Brekkie’

You might like No Vacation if you like: The Drums; Best Coast

3. Drug Cabin – Yard Work 

Drug Cabin took a three year break after their initial well-received EP in 2012 to take peyote with some West Virginia moonshiners. Maybe they didn’t but there’s not proof they didn’t.

Best songs: ‘Baywatch’, ‘California’, ‘Powedermoon’

You might like Drug Cabin if you like: Crack House

2. Charlie Brand – Monsoons

Monsoons is nothing like the over the top saccharine melodies Charlie Brand helped create with Miniature Tigers. It’s sweet, gentle songwriting with the occasional spaceship noise thrown in for good measure.

Best songs: ‘New Highs/New Lows’, ‘Kool Aid’, ‘Baby Blue Motorcycle’

You might like Charlie Brand if you like: ‘Miniature Tigers’

1. Evans the Death – Expect Delays


As the album art shows, Expect Delays is all about deer jump kicking other deer. Or are those greyhounds?

Anyway, this is a good record.

Best songs: ‘Bad Year’, ‘Shanty’, ‘Sledgehammer’

You might like Evans the Death if you like: Standard Fare; Veronica Falls.

50 best tracks of 2015 (so far)

List by: Gianluca Pezzuti

Note: I avoided using more than one track from a given album. There is a full playlist and the list is below. Enjoy!

50. Mini Mansions (ft Brian Wilson) – Any Emotions

49. Keath Mead – So Close

48. Lower Dens – Ondine

47. Wille J Healey – HD Malibu

46. Circa Waves – Young Chasers

45. Chastity Belt – Drone

44. Juan Wauters – Woodside, Queens

43. Travis Bretzer – Giving Up

42. L’orange & Jeremiah Jae – Underworld

41. Bear Bones – Give It Away For Free

40. Joey Bada$$ – O.C.B.

39. Liam Hayes- August Fourteen

38. Faith Healer – Acid

37. Purity Ring – bodyache

36. Girlpool – Ideal World

35. Courtney Barnett – Depreston

34. Earl Sweatshirt (ft Vince Staples) – Wool

33. Beach Baby – No Mind No Money

32. Jane Weaver – You Are Dissolved

31. Action Bronson (ft Chance the Rapper) – Baby Blue

30. Mourn – Your Brain is Made of Candy

29. Title Fight – Mrahc

28. Drug Cabin – California

27. Alabama Shakes – Gimme All Your Love

26. Diet Cig – Harvard

25. Oddisee – That’s Love

24. Viet Cong – Continental Shelf

23. Evans the Death – Bad Year

22. Waxahatchee – Summer of Love

21. Toro Y Moi – Empty Nesters

20. Shamir – Make a Scene

19. Natalie Prass – Bird of Prey

18. Lady Lamb – Billions of Eyes

17. Leon Bridges – Coming Homes

16. Gengahr – She’s a Witch

15. Tame Impala – Let It Happen

14. The Districts – Hounds

13. Sharon Van Etten – Just Like Blood

12. Twerps – I don’t Mind

11. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Step Brother City

10. Sufjan Stevens – The Only Thing

9. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Can’t Keep Checking My Phone

8. Tobias Jesso Jr. – Without You

7. Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta

6. Donne Trumpet & The Social Experiment (ft Chance the Rapper) – Sunday Candy

5. James McMurty – Copper Canteen

4. Alpine – Foolish

3.Father John Misty – The Night Josh Tillman Came to Our Apartment

2. A$AP Rocky – Excuse Me

1. Miami Horror (ft Cleopold) – Colours in the Sky