Not everyone loves our monthly soundtrack, because they don’t always flow the way a collection of songs often does. But that’s because we choose the month’s best additions to music, regardless of genre or topic. This collection of tracks is pretty impressive. Normally we experience an industry slow down in December, yielding less releases and more downtime. This year, everything was different. You can witness it in the December 2018 playlist below!
After her riveting performance of “Woman” on Colbert, Cat Power releases her 11-track album, Wanderer, in its entirety today. The luscious, soft sounds of the title track lead us into the piece, slowly and confidently building up sound and backing instrumentals to provide the robust, ethereal sound that continues through second track “In Your Face”. Third track “You Get” has a bit of a punk edge to the instrumentals, while “Woman” provides a more soulful sound, reflecting the strength of an entire gender. “Horizon” stays at that level, while “Stay” slows things down a tad bit more and seems to play more with dissonance and vocal placement than its predecessors.
“Black” is hauntingly beautiful, the vocals presented akin to Imogen Heap, while “Robbin Hood” simplifies the instrumentals a little more for us. Cat Power’s raspy vocals in “Me Voy” are alluring, drawing you right into the mood and sounds of last track “Wanderer/Exit”, which provides quite the closing to the album.
The journey you go on with this album is at a manageable pace for you to slow down your thoughts and take a break from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. We advise you to take advantage of the soothing soundscape this week.
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If you thought the first half of the month had insane amounts of fun new videos, then you’d be hard pressed to say any different of the second half of the month. So while everyone else is singing their praises to Green Day’s “Wake Me Up When September Ends”, we will be enjoying these new visuals from people who have captured the first hints of autumn for us sonically. Enjoy the following videos with us, featuring Cat Power, IAN SWEET, Holy Golden, Roosevelt, MUSE, We Like Jesus, and more!
The beauty of a great song for me has always been when a slow dark song or an underground uptempo dance song can move me the exact same way. One moment I can dance or run to it, the other just lay in bed & let the song take me away. When that feeling occur the song haunts me forever.
Chris isaak – Wicked games
Portishead – Glory box
Portishead – Roads
Massive attack – Angel
Banks – Alibi
Banks – Poltergeist
Sevdaliza – The language of limbo
David lynch – Dark night of the soul
Nina Simone – Strange fruit
Cat Power – Satisfaction
Thievery Corporation – Depth of my soul (feat. Shana Halligan)
Nightmares on wax – You wish
Cigarettes after sex – Apocalypse
S.Maharba – Girls in pearls
Savages – You’re my chocolate
Tycho, Heathered Pearls – Division remix
TOKiMONSTA – Smoke & Mirrors
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