Welcome back to blog that brings you the playlists to live your life by! This week we have gone for more of a moody, arty, chill'esqe vibe. We can't always have playlists overflowing with joy, sometimes we just need to sit and chill and look at our beautiful world, these 5 songs are the perfect companions for moments such as these.
1. Wild Nothing - Paradise
First up we have 'Wild Paradise', an indie-rock/Dream-pop band from Virginia in the USA. They formed in 2009 and have released 2 albums to critical acclaim. Their music is heavily snyth driven and brings a mood of 'who cares' along with it that just calms you down and puts you into the mood to chillout for hours on end. 'Paradise' takes you on a journey as only amazing tracks can. Synth and base combine to soothe you as the vocalist sings you into a daze.
2. Blaenavon - Into The Night
Next up we have one of my favourite songs of the moment, it's only a matter of time before these guys take off...their music is seriously spectacular. It has been put together with such precision and care that you can't help but admire their skill! This 3-piece have been together since October 2011 and I'm honestly astounded that their Facebook page only has 1900 likes so far. That just isn't right because the music these boys make is incredible. Just go listen and punt them and one day you can claim to have known about these guys before they became famous!
3. Cider Sky - We Are In Love
The next track is one of those youtube sleepers that are amazing and somehow make their way into the youtube sidebar for a ton of other videos. When I first clicked on this one I felt like I had struck gold, unlike many people I enjoy it when a guy and girl sing together in a band (eg 'Stars' and 'The xx'). I love the harmonies it creates and it is something different. This track is really special, soothing (This week's theme) and beautiful in equal measures. It has beautiful synth, artfully done drums and harmonies that will make many a girl shed a tear! Enjoy!
4. Angus Stone - Broken Brights
Many of you will be familiar with Angus Stone. The 27 year old Sydney native has been around for a few years and has another project with his sister called 'Angus & Julia Stone'. I am actually more of a fan of his solo stuff than the music he makes with his sister. 'Broken Brights' is the title track off his second solo album and, in my opinion, is a masterpiece of emotion and skill. It even has a slight Bob Dylan influence to to that just adds to it's coolness factor. Warning, this song will make you feel melancholic but go listen anyway!
5. Aztec Sapphire - Conflicted
At number 5 we have the gloriously sophisticated kids from 'The Aztec Sapphire'. You might remember them being featured on this blog a few months ago when their debut single was released. Since then they have gone onto bigger and better things with both the gigs they play and the music they make. 'Conflicted' is slightly more reasonable 5 and a half minutes long but yet again I never want the song to end. I cannot believe that they are South African, due to the fact that their music is so finely crafted that it makes many international mega-bands pale in comparison. 'Conflicted' is a drum driven song with mesmerizing synth and guitars added in to draw you in until the lead singer completes the package with his heartfelt lines. I was lucky enough to meet the band last week so I eagerly await to see where they go from here!
6. Polica - Tiff (Featuring Justin Vernon)
Just to make sure that you don't leave here all depressed I thought that I would add in a little bonus track for you all. This song is dark, like super dark, but at the same time it's addictive (Did I just describe most drugs?!). I just can't get it off my mind. For those of you who don't know, 'Polica' is an synthpop band from Minneapolis in USA, they often collaborate with Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and make some hauntingly good music. The actual music video for the song is disturbing, like real torture scene disturbing, so I have used another video for this track!
That's it from me for this week. I promise that next week will be a happier affair so come back and join us next week!