Music to Drive Into The Midnight Abyss
roll down the window, free your mind and let the night-time in with Jeanna
featuring artists like
DMA’s • Cigarettes After Sex • Lana Del Rey • Eleni Drake • Sharon Van Etten
Windows down, music loud, no set destination…
Late night driving has always evoked a strangely liberating quality; feeling like you’re at the heart of some hidden boundary between man and the natural world – both within and without – just you, your music and your spinning automobile, against the backdrop of nature. For me, there is an essence of hyperrealism when driving in the darkest hours – roads which seem to offer no end, expansive fields that outstretch for miles, a sky turned inky and a sense of temporal liminality that renders you untouchable.
Coupled with the right music, driving at night can ultimately enhance the simple pleasure of solitude. Whether you’re driving away from the pain of a recent heartbreak, avoiding the realities of a life that awaits you at home, desperate to reconnect with your inner self or simply craving to feel infinite, this playlist is the optimal soundtrack to embark on your next solo escape.
So ditch the night-cap, buckle up and press play, cause’ you’re in for a driving catharsis like no other.
24 April 2021
Speaking on the music video for the track, Vera expressed her love for “delving into new visual landscapes of colours, shapes, lighting and symbolism, and the idea of inventing an alternative reality that tells a story and captures the emotional roller coaster of falling in love again.” I think what struck me most about this description, was how much it compared with the surrealist qualities that I have always associated with night-time driving; far stretching roads, expansive landscapes, abstract and shapeless objects and a fresh vision which seems to escape me during daylight hours.
20 April 2021
For Phoebe Bridgers, driving and the motion sickness that can oftentimes come with it, becomes a means of metaphorically translating the feelings of ‘emotional sickness’ that she herself experienced within an abusive and toxic relationship.
9 April 2021
The original version of “Dark Days” had originally been released in 2016 as a track on their Sunlit Youth album. However this version of the track features solo artist Nina Persson, a female vocalist which for me, seems to just heighten the track’s overall sentiment and its nostalgic storytelling.
6 April 2021
Taken from their album “So Long, See You Tomorrow”, this track was written by Jack Steadman during a trip through India, Turkey, Europe and Tokyo – that which is reflected through the menagerie of tones that permeate throughout it.
5 April 2021
Released in 2020, mid-pandemic and quite frankly, mid-pandemonium – Drive Alone, through its bluesy’ nostalgia and low-tempo chilled out vibe, proves a stark and refreshing contrast to the chaotic context in which it was written. The track itself is a flighting yet restorative moment to breath, amidst what has felt like for many, a suffocating past year.
2 April 2021
“This song is about freeing yourself from all of it, just for a moment.” – Juliette Jackson
30 March 2021
6 and a half minutes of pure, evocative haze. Well worth taking the long route home.
26 March 2021
Melbourne Blues boasts a gorgeous kind of moodiness, that renders it a status of classic vintage timelessness.
22 March 2021
And in one swift and fatal swoop – Sharon Van Etten painfully reminds us that each new day poses an entirely new threat of self-destruction and defeat. Damn.
9 March 2021
This track, in all its ubiquity, uniquely captures the very individual feeling of the relationship between a soul and their exterior surroundings. An explosion of auditory colour that renders this track timeless.
9 March 2021
Written by a band which is known for their dream-like musical style, this song captures the midnight melancholy of love, attraction, limerence – and everything in between.