I don’t know why, but I habitually purchase more albums in winter. I get a great thrill out of owning a cd rather than downloading – probably because it’s so rare.
Below are five albums I have put in the car and listened to from beginning to end and on repeat, as they compliment the weather and the cold nights so well.
Cloud Control – Bliss Release
‘Meditation Song’ sounds so familiar, almost like I’ve turned on something that used to play in dad’s garage when I was a kid. I love it when songs do that, even when you hear them for the first time – they take you back to the time it reminds you of. ‘Gold Canary’ summons my bellowing vocals and I actually feel like it’s dangerous to drive to this song for fear that I will clap along instead of steering. My other favourite is ‘My fear #2’ – a melancholy melody that makes you close your eyes – also dangerous.
Bon Iver – Bon Iver
Justin Vernon has done it again. Not like we didn’t know he would. The first time I heard Michicant on the radio it was raining and subsequently I got goose bumps from the two combined. It’s the best thing I’ve heard since Roslyn.
City and Colour – Little Hell
Just such a beautiful voice. I am forever thankful Dallas Green did something so completely opposite to Alexisonfire (which is probably the only band of that genre that I ever gave my full attention to purely because I’d heard Save Your Scissors so long ago. Kudos to you, sir). He seems to have grown a bit; Little Hell is generously magnificent, like you’ve walked in to a grand old house and you’re instantly welcome.
Jamie Woon – Mirror Writing
It’s sort of a despondent beat, I find myself tapping my feet to but pondering my years at the same time. It actually blows my mind that he’s supported Amy Winehouse. Dear God man. This thought aside, the song Blue Truth is a really eclectic mix of soft melodys and an almost edge of R&B, and then an almost Middle Eastern ambiance. All I can say is it’s soo good.
Foals – Total Life Forever
Blue Blood makes my blood turn blue. It’s enchanting. The whole album is. 2 Trees brings that feeling of when the party’s over and you’re home and warm but all you want to do is go back to the night. Maybe because I did come back to my warm home after a party and put this song on, but it will forever remind me of that.