KCRW’s Private Playlist: Jelani Aryeh

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. Like so many precocious artists, Jelani Aryeh grew up surrounded by music. His uncle produced hip-hop tracks in the adjacent bedroom of their San Diego home. And his father exposed him to countless artists while riding in the backseat of Dad’s vintage Jaguar. Aryeh’s own influences are both wide-ranging and continually evolving. His full-length debut, “I’ve Got Some Living to Do,” pushes the surge and shimmer of ‘90s indie rock through a 21st-century pop sensibility. And while he’s already received his garlands from many of the usual critical quarters, he possesses a genuine musical and emotional intelligence that does an end-run around the hype.