New Music Friday: 2/23/24

My New Music Friday is as boundless as the sea, My Spotify as deep; the more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite

New Music Friday: 2/23/24
Melts in your ears, not in your hand

Here are the rules: I listen to all 100 tracks of Spotify's New Music Friday playlist, except for anything that rhymes the n-word with itself more than three times, any screamo or screamo-adjacent stuff, any CCM that reveals its true intentions in time for me to hit the skip button, and any egregiously corny modern country music, typically performed by a dude with two first names. Having sifted through this week's playlist, here's what I actively enjoyed:

"Showtime," Catfish and the Bottlemen
This group is one of probably a hundred that have crossed my transom, been enjoyed, and then been swiftly forgotten since streaming music became a thing. They've had a rough little spell while I wasn't paying attention — a pair of band members left during the last touring cycle, and it's been about five years since they released any new music. Whatever caused all that, it sounds like they've put their time away to good use — "Showtime" is the sort of mildly charged, just-rousing-enough pop anthem that pairs well with cold, crisp lagers and road trips on sunny days. That may sound like damning with faint praise, but no.