Orion Sun, "Ne Me Quitte Pas (Don't Leave Me)." Philadelphia songwriter and bandleader Orion Sun -- a.k.a. Tiffany Majette -- is back in action, following up her 2017 album "A Collection of Fleeting Moments and Daydreams" with a pinch-yourself song that steps lightly with the thrill of a love seemingly too good to be true (and the fear that it might be). Hopefully, there will be more like it coming from the 23-year-old folk-jazz-hip-hop bandleader in 2020.
Daniel Lopatin, "Uncut Gems Original Motion Picture Soundtrack." The soundtrack to Josh and Benny Safdie's anxiety attack of a movie starring Adam Sandler is -- thankfully -- mellow by comparison. Daniel Lopatin, who normally records as Oneohtrix Point Never, is an electronic composer and producer who uses gurgling synth lines and honking sax solos to mirror the mood swings of "Uncut's" adrenaline-junkie diamond dealer Howard Ratner. But because the music is often used as counterpoint in the nerve-jangling film -- with pop star The Weeknd in a small role -- it plays at a calmer, almost soothing pace when separated from the story on screen.
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