After bringing us his platinum playlist, Funville, in May, designer Tyler Fonville is back for an encore performance. In fact, he’s pulling the strings here in June with the release of his follow-up Spire on Spotify playlist, Vol. 26: Encantado. It features some guitar goodness, rockin’ riffs, and soulful strumming of the six strings that will have you livin’ la vida loca this summer.
Tyler, what is the name of your album?
This time around I’ve chosen the name Encantado! It may be translated from Spanish to English as “delighted” or “enchanted.” Use this adjective to show just how delighted you are to greet someone new! And Spanish-speaking, of course 😃 .
How would you describe this mix?
One word baby: enchanted! Take a seat and feel the groove. Take a breath of fresh strumming, and let the circle of fifths guide you through the forest of rift-full truths. Just sit back with a solid pair of listeners and let the guitar show you the way. You won’t regret it.
What was the inspiration behind it?
I’ve been prioritizing “healthy living” (thank you, thank you), which, as one can imagine, has guided me to a local gym! This bod isn’t going to keep itself! Anyway, the gym I’m attending is a bouldering gym, for master climbers and wannabe types like myself, where it’s easy to meet people from all walks of life. The other day, I met a woman from Spain named Natalia who I had the pleasure of speaking a little Spanish with. ¿Como se dice “nice to meet you” en español? Encantado de conocerte. It was a pleasure meeting her and it just goes to show that no matter how old, how weird, or how tired you are, meeting someone new can build a new hope in humanity. It’s just plain nice!
What is your favorite song, and why?
Ha! This is always a difficult one to answer. This time I’d have to say “Springful” by Adult Jazz. There’s something primal about the piece that is 100% a chore memory vibe. The chant-like harmonics, simple division of instrumental interjection, and minor tones echo in my soul. I just love how it makes me feel.
If your playlist was a brand, what would it be and why?
I’m not so sure there’s a single brand that could capture the playlist holistically, but the first thing that comes to mind is Dallas Dhu. First things first, dear reader, Dallas Dhu is some of the best Scotch one can partake of. Built by history and rough edges, tried and true flows the whisky of Dallas Dhu. If you ever have the opportunity, just take it.
Any specific memory that comes to mind when you listen?
Haha, whew—too many come to mind. Let’s see, I’ll narrow it down to save you some time! The first memory that comes to mind is one that belongs to my previous answer regarding Dallas Dhu. My best friend was about to fly out to Korea for a few years, and we had one last hoorah before he left. I’m pretty sure that I both met, and forgot, that he had a cat and a dog at the time.
What makes your playlist unique?
The playlist was built from searching for a vibe based on a single artist. I generally try to make a playlist out of songs I like along the way. This time I stuck to a single artist, John Frusciante, and took a dirty dive into the rabbit hole of the Spotify kingdom. That said, if you’re reading this, it means I’m still surfing the waveforms, and carving my way through digital albums of vinyl on the search for the next playlist. See ya on the other side!