Welcome to #TBT Mixtape, Billboard‘s series that showcases artists’ very own throwback-themed playlists exclusive to Billboard‘s Spotify account. The curated set features the artists’ favorite tracks from their youth and childhood.
This week’s spin comes from Guster. The pop-rock outfit — comprised of Adam Gardner, Ryan Miller, Luke Reynolds and Brian Rosenworcel — returned with their eigth studio album Look Alive last week (Jan. 18), via Nettwerk/Ocho Mule. The band recorded the nine-song set — their first in four years — in a vintage keyboard museum in Calgary, Alberta, alongside producer Leo Abrahams (Regina Spektor, Brian Eno/David Byrne, Belle and Sebastian), with additional sessions helmed by John Congleton (St. Vincent, Alvvays) and Collin DuPuis (Angel Olsen, Lana Del Rey).
To ring in their latest release, frontman Ryan Miller put together this week’s #TBT Mixtape as an ode to his childhood (and go-to alternative station) in Dallas. The eclectic set features cuts by the Bee Gees, The Smiths, Depeche Mode and more.
“Music, at its best, is transportive. Every single one of these songs brings me to a singular moment in my childhood. As a playlist, it reads a bit monochromatic — Dallas, Texas had one of the first alternative stations in the country (what’s up KDGE!) and it was a mainline to my soul,” says Miller. “How humbling to think that other people feel this way about our music. It’s the thing that keeps me making records after all these years.”
Give the playlist a spin and also check out a retro snap of Miller below. Catch the rockers on their current North American tour in support of the new record, with full dates here.