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5@5: A morning playlist featuring Henry Hall and Ponytails

This 5@5 morning playlist consists of Ponytails, Charlotte & Thieves, Smoota, Henry Hall, and more.

Photo: Courtesy of the artist
Henry Hall
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Ponytails – Cherry Pie (Submission)

Sway in the name of Vancouver’s Alternative Rock band, Ponytails! We learned about them back when their self-titled EP came out. Now, they have a dreamy new record called, ‘Cherry Pie’. Is it sweet? I guess that’s up to the listener to determine, but what I do notice is that the record doesn’t diminish in quality from their six-track project. However, I like how creative they are. Making the cover art for the song look like a picnic table is synonymous with warm weather, Canada Day (July 1) and Independence Day (July 4) and alludes to food and celebration. Sink your teeth into ‘Cherry Pie’ now, a song about truthfulness.


Charlotte & Thieves – Younger Boy (Submission)

From the start, ‘Younger Baby’ exudes the bad-ass attitude most people wish they had. To be cool, everyone else around you have to deem you ‘cool’. In 2018, seeing is believing. Aside from that, for some reason, I hear and see Lenny Kravitz all over this record. Listen to the incredible Indie Pop track below.


Luke Krutzke and the High Tides – Self Esteem (Submission)

Now, here’s a debut record I can stand behind! For it to be the first time they’ve released anything, I think it is a great first impression. I will always love a voice that sounds this good over minimal instrumentation. Listen to a new song by the Nashville-based band Luke Krutzke and the High Tides below. Bask in all of its glory like you created it.


Smoota – Pheromones (Submission)

To be frank, I fell in love with ‘Pheromones’ by Smoota because of how much it sounds like Capital Cities. Additionally, I liked the songwriting. It’s about mating and what naturally attracts us to each other. In my book, there’s not much better than that. Check out the Boston, Massachusettes-native artist’s title track from his forthcoming album below. He likes to make love songs about sex; sex songs about love. I think he makes tongue-in-cheek lyrics at its finest. Well done!


Henry Hall – There (Submission)

As odd as the entire video and song are, there’s something about Henry Hall that I cannot ignore. Watch the video below to see if you can figure out what it is. Help me out. I think it is the eighties nostalgia as far as the video treatment is concerned, his choice of clothes, and his haircut. I’ve figured out. He’s giving off strong dad vibes, like ‘Full House’ father vibes.


Written by Richardine Bartee

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