I knew I had to pick something from Sufjan for this playlist so I figured what better than this track from Planetarium, his collaborative effort with The National's Bryce Dessner and James McAlister as well as contemporary/classical composer Nico Muhly.
The opener off Julien Baker’s latest record, Turn Out the Lights, is a short but sweet instrumental that sets the mood for the entire record.
This song is more of an oldie compared to the bulk of the tracks in this playlist. The closing track off of Mazzy Star’s 1996 release, Among My Swan.
This track off Moses Sumney’s debut album, Aromanticism, really shows you everything he’s about in one song.
In this ambient and soulful ballad, Moses questions whether or not he is “doomed” if his heart stays in idle. Meaning he is unsure of where he is going in life because he is not sure of his direction at this point in time, therefore he is in a stand still or, as he sings, “idle”.
I would love to just put M83’s whole, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming record in this playlist but if I had to choose one song if would have to be this one.
Although this song comes in at a fairy long runtime of five minutes and forty-three seconds, it only actually contains thirty-seven words. Don’t let that mislead you though, the song doesn’t waste a moment...
This cryptic UK musician recently released his third studio album, The OOZ, containing this lo-fi gem which ended off the album beautifully.
It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what Archy is singing to us about on this brand-new track but that’s nothing out of the ordinary if you’re at all familiar with his music...
The hip-hop triad, Injury Reserve, brings the feels with this somber track off their latest EP, Drive It Like It’s Stolen.
Backed by a very stripped back acoustic instrumental, the song begins with Stepa J. Groggs detailing his troubles with trying to find his way in life and his struggles with growing fame...
If you don’t get goosebumps from listening to this song then you’re probably not human. The vocals sound like a lo-fi lullaby backed by nothing but a piano that sounds like it’s being played in the distance. Leaving space between these two elements for your mind to weave itself into the parts of the song.
This song perfectly encompasses the essence of this playlist. The simple and spacey instrumental complimented by Frank’s beautiful vocals, take you to a whole other world. Closing your eyes and listening to this song is like a psychedelic trip with no drugs required.