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Various Swell Sounds is a new collaborative playlist series from Jon Doyle of Various Small Flames, Shana Hartzel of Swell Tone, and Jonathan Chin of this sweet blog. Instead of constantly exchanging tracks amongst each other, we have decided to work together to bring them to more ears. Every month, we will match a selection of our old and brand new favorites to a specific theme.

Burrowing out of hibernation, we’re getting revitalized. Veering a few degrees from last month’s breezy playlist, we’re channeling our energy as we fidget into the summer. Ranging from tightly wound tracks with acrobatic guitars to melodic bangers, here are 30 angular tracks to keep the groove going.