MJC Picks: April!

Every week at WSUM, our Music Director, Izzi, chooses her favorite new releases to add to our music library. In turn, WSUM’s Music Journalism Club shares what records they’ve had on repeat. From new releases to classic albums, here’s what the members of MJC have been listening to.

Benny Sings, Music

HIGHLIGHT TRACKS: “Sunday Afternoon,” “Rolled Up,” “Kids” and “Music”

GENRE: Indie pop and alternative rock 

RIYL: Free Nationals, Phony Ppl, Jordan Rakei and Rex Orange County

Music by Dutch songwriter, producer and artist Benny Sings is a bundle of cool, calm and collected jams sure to bring a smile to your face. The album is sophisticated as each song is filled with ear-warming melodies and sticky choruses that somehow still bring serenity and solace. Music has a deeply organic nature, a quality reflecting the stability and effortless creativity of the man who made them. The music is soothing yet bold. Simple, yet evocative of something bigger. The record is infectious and all-consuming, all while retaining a sense of more profound meaning and truth—a testament to why Benny and his style have only been growing in popularity. — Rebecca Perla 

Charley Crockett, 10 For Slim: Charley Crockett Sings James Hand

HIGHLIGHT TRACKS: “Don’t Tell Me That,” “Midnight Run”

GENRE: alt-country, americana 

RIYL: Midland, Swamp Dogg

Growing up in rural Wisconsin I swore off ever willingly listening to country music. Yet here I am, a few years down the road, choosing a yee-haw country album as my favorite album of the past week. Charley Crockett’s latest cover album harkens back to the country crooners of the 60’s and 70’s. The tastefully selected tunes and Crockett’s warm voice create an inviting sound that is instantly familiar and simultaneously unique. Standout tracks include upbeat honky tonk jam “Don’t Tell Me That,” and the slow rolling “Midnight Run.” Crockett’s robust catalog is a great place to get lost as we approach summer, even if you consider country music forbidden territory.— Ethan Cook