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5 Tracks for January

 

 

 

 

1. The Owl and the Tanager by Sufjan Stevens

I love the combination of rather minimalist piano melodies and independent, floating vocals – both listening to it and (trying to) play it.
Also check out this live version with Sufjan wearing the perfect attire for this song – colourful bands and gigantic wings.

2. Of the Sleep of Ishtar by Karl Sanders [off the LP “Saurian meditations”]

Sounds like: slow Egyptian meditative ritual music. Fits well with that I just started Assassin’s Creed: Origins on the PS4,  set in a lush and magical Ancient Egypt (how awesome is that!!!) and probably the best installment in the series yet!

3. Song for Zula by Phosphorescent [rhythmic flowing beautiful melody indie song]

Something about this song feels just right for me.  In sway.

4.  Hide and Seek by Imogen Heap  [synth-pop with prominent voice melody]

A classic. Sounds like: Pausing for a moment, contemplating the passage of time, and of faces in crowds; childhood home, dealing with being others’ subject to others’ decisions.
I recently started singing it, accompanying myself with easy chords on the piano, and I absolutely love doing that!

5. Evil in a Closet by In Flames [death metal ballad of sorts]

Another old favourite. I love how it manages to weave melancholia, resentment, frustration, and heartache together – that eruption into the chorus!

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Have you been listening to any songs on end lately?

5 Tracks for October

1. Spring / Sun / Winter / Dread by Everything Everything [silly grown-up-melancholy indie]

Spring, sun, winter, dread
I don’t want to get older
(No way, no way)

2. Plein Soleil by World’s End Girlfriend [cinematic post rock]

Sounds like: Japanese post rock somewhere between Pan’s Labyrinth and Final Fantasy X

3. Amused by Hunger

I keep listening to the excellent soundtrack of netflix’s “13 Reasons Why”. The series really touched me and I love the way the soundtrack transports me back to all the intense emotions of being a teen.

4. Caves by Haux [indie/electronic duet on waves of forlorn melancholia]

Take your last supply
To leave this home behind
(Leave it all behind)

5. Kodama by Alcest [post-black / shoegaze metal]

I absolutely love this piece (the chorus around 4:10! I can hardly believe it!). After Alcest’s last album, the absolutely ethereal dreamy Shelter, I really appreciate their return to a more post-black metal sound; especially the alternation between singer Neige’s mellow floating voice and his harsher vocals, for instance on Eclosion. Especially during the past few weeks of preparing a presentation on my master’s thesis project, Alcest’s music has helped me through some intense negative feelings, turning rather undirected anger into energy.