Shameless Tuesdays: Livre 123 | Berkley
It's no accident that Berkley's upcoming debut album Pueblo (available September 1) has a feeling of nostalgia. Inspired by his youth growing up in Colorado, the Oregon-residing musician reflects on his time with tinted sunglasses and neon-lit skies, as evident by opening track "Pueblo". "Email" is a melancholy piano-focused ballad, whereas "Oldies" (featuring Orville Peck's steel guitarist Luke Schneider) brings weeping instruments to the forefront with beauty and sadness. While we await this trip back to his roots, Berkley takes us through a time warp in this week's Shameless Tuesdays.
Here's what Berkley has to say about this week's playlist:
My upcoming debut album Pueblo is a guided tour of experiences and feelings during my youth in my hometown of Pueblo, Colorado. This “Berkley’s Time Tunnel” playlist is an abridged soundtrack to my life there, from elementary school through college when I was splitting time between Pueblo and Los Angeles where I began taking songwriting seriously. It wraps up with a selection from artists I’ve met and/or worked with post-Pueblo while living in north Texas and now Portland, Oregon.
There is a lot of variety here, but one thread ties these songs together — they all demonstrate how a song can make small moments feel bigger. All of these approaches to songwriting eventually coalesced into the Berkley sound, which incorporates the R&B grooves I picked up on as a child, the pensiveness of 90s alternative, and the restlessness of punk and power metal.
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