Whew, it’s been too long since I did this. I’ve been meaning to for ages, especially as I keep listening to new material, but I’ve been putting it off. Alas. As usual, I think I try to offer an assortment of styles and such, but I do tend to lean toward melancholy. No specific order, perhaps a small blurb underneath.
1. Marcus Foster – “Memory Of Your Arms”
I’ve been listening to a lot of Foster, specifically his 2011 album, Nameless Path. There’s a lot of other good tracks to try out, too, like, “I Was Broken.”
2. Patrick Sweany – “Slippin'”
Like Foster, I’ve been listening to a lot of Sweany, specifically his album, Close to the Floor. Try out the tracks, “Bus Station,” and “The Island.” Dude’s voice and style just fucking settles into your soul like hot tea on a winter’s morning.
3. Amos Lee – “Learned A Lot”
Another warm, comforting sound. Gah, his voice is soothing. Try out the album, Mission Bell for more good tracks.
4. Radiohead – “How to Disappear Completely”
Radiohead, specifically, Thom Yorke, is my end-all, be-all when it comes to music. I’ve not “just” discovered this track, but I thought this an opportune time to pimp this song.
5. Tom Waits – “I Hope I Don’t Fall In Love with You”
This seems like one of his, mellower? tracks. I find it quite lovely. Try out also, “God’s Away On Business,” “Ol’ 55,” “Hold On” and “The Piano Has Been Drinking,” The former should break your mind in half.
6. Portishead – “Roads”
I think I’ve found my female Yorke in Beth Gibbons. Great live performance. Other good tracks, “Numb,” “Western Eyes,” “Strangers,” “Pedestals,” and “Humming.”
7. Enya – “Only Time”
One of the most beautiful voices I’ve ever heard, easily. Such an endlessly listenable song, too. Also see, “May It Be” and “Caribbean Blue.”
8. Hans Zimmer – “Coward” – Interstellar Soundtrack
I don’t know about you all, but I love movie soundtracks and I absolutely love Zimmer. He’s the best IMO. This piece from the Interstellar is just terrific. It feels like the “Funeral March” from Beethoven in some ways. Check out the whole movie soundtrack, though. You won’t regret it. Great for background noise while writing.
9. Elliot Smith – “Between the Bars”
Great track from another haunting vocalist.
10. Two Gallants – “Trembling of the Rose”
Lifted from my uncle’s Twitter. Slow burn and just…burn.
11. Angel Olsen – “Unfucktheworld”
Also lifted from my uncle’s Twitter. I’d probably share this song, even if it sucked, just because of how great the title is, but damn if it isn’t also a great track. Just fucking sad. It gave me chills, too.