Matt Sharp’s Soul Hole

Matt Sharp recently resurfaced with the first piece of new music in three years from his art-pop outfit The Rentals. “Elon Musk Is Making Me Sad” is the lead single from The Rentals’ upcoming fourth album, which Sharp is working on with Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner, Flaming Lips producer Dave Fridmann, and a backing choir he’s christened The Gentle Assassins. But for his Dowsers playlist, Sharp steps out of The Rentals’ usual synth-smeared sound world to indulge a more private obsession:

“Each song on this playlist is taken from a much larger playlist of my favorite old soul songs. The music has often served as the backdrop and soundtrack to many a hot night at my place in L.A., while having a few friends over to throw one-pound bags of corn, 30 feet in the air, into a six-inch diameter circle.”—Matt Sharp