Halloween weekend has just come to and end and it is now November. I don’t know about you, but I am exhausted after such a crazy weekend on campus. As a kid I used to fall asleep during live concerts all the time. I was once told that falling asleep to someone’s music can be the ultimate compliment because it was that beautiful. So here is a sleepy playlist to help get you ready for hibernation this winter.
Strand of Oaks – Goshen ’97
Strand of Oaks is the folk rock project of Timothy Showalter, who is previously known for his producing and songwriting. The textures in his music contrasts his folksy voice which nicely blends his two talents. They will be coming through Champaign on January 20th, as well.
Sivu – Sleep
Sivu is a one man solo act that isn’t afraid to belt high. With all the low voice spoken rap artists in the past few years such as Tyler, the Creator and others, it’s nice to see some contrast. Sivu is rumored to be working with Alt-J’s producer, so you may be seeing more of him quite soon.
Bombay Bicycle Club – Dust on the Ground
This acoustic session of Bombay Bicycle Club gives a very intimate appearance of the band that I think is often dismissed at first glance. Jack Steadman shows a completely different side in his performance in this video, and I think it really changes my perspective on the band plugged in after hearing it.
Lianne La Havas – Lost and Found
Lianne La Havas has a hauntingly beautiful voice that will easily grab your attention. Her debut album Is Your Love Big Enough has received several nominations and awards in both the United States and England. Listen here to find out why.
James Vincent McMorrow – We Don’t Eat
James Vincent McMorrow is an Irish singer-songwriter who quickly gained popularity in the UK and has also rapidly made his way through the United States. The imagery and meanings behind his lyrics is well complemented by his voice and simple but pretty piano.
Dustin Tebbutt – The Breach
Dustin Tebbutt relocated to Sweden for several years to grasp inspiration from the cold of northern winter. Originally from Australia, the artist writes music “specifically for autumns and winters”.
Grizzly Bear – Yet Again
Grizzly Bear puts many series of tracks and instruments into their music, which sometimes gives a simple and beautiful result instead of complexity, which can be seen in “Yet Again”. They played at the outdoor stage of Pygmalion Music Festival here in Champaign only two years ago, but I have always wondered what it would be like to see these guys in a concert hall.
Band of Horses – No One’s Gonna Love You
Band of Horses is a personal favorite of mine. The production in their recordings comes off as extremely authentic to me because instead of complete accuracy in the music, it gives a strong live feel. Fall asleep to Band of Horses.
Arcade Fire – No Cares Go
Arcade Fire is often known for being a high energy rock band, especially live. But I can see their music sometimes as soothing due to their use of minimalistic instrumentation and repetitive lyrics.
Santah – No Other Woman
Once local but now from Chicago, Santah is always a good choice for a relaxing playlist. Their hypnotizing guitar groves and catchy melodies will help create the ambiance needed for a sleepy night in.