I love it when someone introduces me to new music. It’s a hard task to do, as I think most people have a subconscious mental block when it comes to listening to suggested music. Finding new musical inspirations therefore often happens by accident to me. However, there are a few people over the years who introduced me to some really cool stuff, so I make a real effort to give their suggestions a listen. I think the best time to do that is either when you’re going out for a run, walk, or when you’re driving.
October and November brought a lot of indoor time and a lot of time spent in front of the computer, mostly editing and replying to emails. I find if I don’t have something going on in the background, it reduces my willingness to get stuff done. These are all tunes that have kept me going through these cold, wet days. That and earl grey tea.
If you like songs that have a lovely folk rock melancholy vibe going on, go ahead and press that play button.
1. Julia Stone – It’s All Ok
She’s a lovely Aussie singer that made that spine chilling slow rendition of ‘You’re the One that I Want’.
This song is from the album By the Horns (2012).
‘The story is different now, the records are playing in the living room
And you might say you’re wounded, and I might say I’m hurt
But we knew the difference then between the fire and the earth
And we may say we’re broken, we may say we’re weak,
But we knew before we started, oh the secrets we would keep’
2. Jake Bugg – Broken
Jake Bugg is a singer/songwriter from England, who at 21 already has two albums under his belt and is generally awesome.
This song is from Shangri La (2013).
‘I’ll wait here for you for I’m broken
Down, coming down this town
For my heart lies
Far and away where they took you down
Led them over to your house
Where I’m broken
Down by the people if they let you breathe
Don’t give a damn if you
Still can’t see still my heart beats for you’
3. Laura Marling – Sophia
Rarely does something move me as much as Laura’s music and I always feel this slight sense of injustice that her songs don’t have more views, but then again, that’s not massively important, now is it? Make sure to listen to Rambling Man and Devil’s Spoke also.
The song is from the album A Creature I Don’t Know (2011)
‘Oh I have been wondering where I have been pondering
Where I’ve been lately is no concern of yours
Who’s been touching my skin
Who have I been letting
Shy and tired eyed am I today’
4. First Aid Kit – Lion’s Roar
They are a Swedish folk sister duo with very cool music and captivating personal style. Strangely enough, I first heard their song ‘Wolf’ while shopping in TK Maxx and I had to look it up there and then I liked it so much.
This song is from the album Lion’s Roar (2012).
‘And I’m a goddamn coward, but then again so are you
And the lion’s roar, the lion’s roar
Has me evading and hollering for you
And I never really knew what to do’
5. Eddie Vedder – Guaranteed
Eddie Veddier is a vocalist from Pearl Jam and his first solo album was a soundtrack to the film Into the Wild (2006). It’s a real life story based on the travels of Christopher McCandless who one day decided to leave civilization behind and spend his life in the Alaskan wilderness.
The song Guaranteed even won a Golden Globe for the Best Original Song.
Check out the full album of Into the Wild Soundtrack here.
Facebook: Eddie Vedder
‘Got a mind full of questions and a teacher in my soul
And so it goes
Don’t come closer or I’ll have to go
Owning me like gravity are places that pull
If ever there was someone to keep me at home
It would be you’