Dig into this week’s Saturday Alternative playlist! The Fitting Room album was Muted Crowd by Spirit Award, out now on Union Zero.

When it came time to write and record the follow-up to their 2017 debut, Neverending, Seattle’s Spirit Award decided to go about things differently. As opposed to taking lots of time and meticulously producing an album in several different studios like they did the first go around, they got right down to it and got to work with the intent to create a collection that was more raw, aggressive and organic. They even allowed themselves – and each other – more freedom in the studio, each of them picking up different instruments to lay down ideas and build these songs in a truly collaborative manner. The result is an album that is loud and immediate, full of feeling and atmosphere, and packed with big soaring, psychedelic guitars and synths and a deep, driving rhythmic pulse. Produced by Trevor Spencer (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes), it all comes together beautifully on Muted Crowd.



–hour 1—

Come For Me – Sunflower Bean – King of the Dudes EP

Preppy Boy – John Grant – Love Is Magic

Falling Into Me – Let’s Eat Grandma – I’m All Ears

Crush (It’s Late, Just Stay) – Yumi Zouma  – EP III

Under My Skin – Briston Maroney

Heard Her – Holy – All These Worlds Are Yours

Chamomile – Devon Church – We Are Inextricable

Sleeping Volcanoes – Cass McCombs – Tip of the Sphere

Sierra Blanca – Matthew Logan Vasquez – Texas Murder Ballads

Orthodox Man – Blaenavon – That’s Your Lot

Molecular Curse – Psychic Rites – Cult_Memo

Kind of Love – Tasha – Alone At Last

–hour 2—

Oh Dear Brother – Howard

Freelance – Toro y Moi – Outer Peace

Merrie Land – The Good, the Bad & the Queen – Merrie Land

Strange Effect – The Shacks

Des Bisous Partout – MUNYA

Baby, I’m Gone – SONTALK

Death in Midsummer – Deerhunter – Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?

Disappointing Diamonds Are the Rarest of Them All – Father John Misty – God’s Favorite Customer

A Trick of the Light – Villager – The Art of Pretending to Swim

Alien – Beach House

Sunshine Rock – Bob Mould – Sunshine Rock

Cicada – La Luz

Alien FM – Mr. Twin Sister – Salt

Chameleon Nights – The Faint

Masseduction – St. Vincent – Masseduction

–hour 3—

It Was Not Natural – Wye Oak – The Louder I C all, The Faster It Runs

That Sound – Sam Fender

Sing to Me – Cumulus – Comfort World

Pure Romance – Wand – Perfume

Eschaton – Darlingside

Perfect for You – Sloucher – Be True


Witching Hour – Spirit Award – Muted Crowd

Dark Night of the Soul – Spirit Award – Muted Crowd

Seven Sisters – Spirit Award – Muted Crowd

25 – Oh Pep! – I Wasn’t Only Thinking About You…

Prior Things – Hop Along

Whether – Julia Holter – Aviary


Hey! Yeah! – Deer Tick