This article needs a HUGE disclaimer that I am by no means the musical one of this rag tag bunch o’ writers. Where Tyrell and Donovan know every new remix dropped, Patrick knows everything about Britney and Nic is always there with some Robyn “unheard track”, I still like to think that I do serve a certain niche market of indie, folk, alt-rock- and therein lies our focus today.
Recently taking to some more relaxing past times like reading, some lie down tan here and there (don’t judge: I get PALE!) and of course some late-night studying and writing as my school program comes to an end, I been searching for some great and new songs to chill to. As such, I’ve collected three great new/lesser known pics that are rockin’ my “Relax” playlist on repeat and thought I might pass em’ along. First up is some new music from classic Regina Spektor with “All the Rowboats“; second is a funky cover of the Jezebels‘ “Endless Summer” by Josh Pyke; and, finally is a sad ol’, sweet one by Other Lives singing “Dust Bowl III“. Give em’ a look and let me know if you approve!
Starting with my favourite of the bunch, I recently caught this in the background on a “Ringer” episode of all things… but, before you roll your eyes and complete discount it for the source, it’s actually an awesome song. A good build up, this song might be a bit pumpy for falling asleep under the ultraviolets but is great for studying as it pushes you to go fast but in that Regina soundin’, calming way. Love it to death. It’s been released as a single recently and I’m strongly hoping a proper music video gets made REAL soon!
This cover by aussie Josh Pyke and accordion playing and Portlandia lookin’ Elana Stone from The Rescue Ships is a perfect harmony of male and female done flawlessly live. Passed along to me just recently by a not-so-secret crush of mine from Ottawa whose folk-vibe shadows my own, it’s an instant favourite already. Perfect harmonizing and a modern cover (and who doesn’t love that), I’m definitely having this in the background the next time I’m plowing through some research paper boredom.
A depressing subject with an even more somber tune, there’s something soulful and beautiful about this one. Less a song to keep you awake and partying, this is definitely the slowest and calmest of the lot and perfect for falling asleep to. Once again, there’s disappointingly no video to go along with it, but it’d be a pretty sad one if there were so maybe it’s for the better ha. Maudlin-ness aside, it’s a killer track for ye old indie fiends like myself. Hope you at least find one in this lot you love!