If you're anything like me you're someone who sometimes needs to wallow in a little bit of self-pity and just feel sad for a bit (about once a month ifyouknowwhatimean). So here is a list of bands to listen to when you're in such a state, in no particular order.
- Daughter - this London based band from 2010 is my current favorite to listen to in the evening. Described as indie folk or alternative rock and very very mellow with some great drums and vocals that fit that tired mood at the end of an exhausting day when everybody IS JUST IN MY WAY. ahem I mean. very calming. Elena Tonra, the band's singer, started writing music to deal with her emotions while she was being bullied in school, so be prepared for some poetic emotional lyrics here. The song Youth from their 2013 album If you leave is a very good example, check it out.
- London Grammar - Described as Trip-hop (seriously, who thinks of these terms?) I would fit this in a category very close to Daughter's music: mellow and poetic, though less emotional and more about that existential crisis you sometimes have in the middle of the night when you just can't figure out what you want to do with your life. Their album If you wait is pretty much what a quarterlifecrisis is about.
- Lykke Li - This Swedish singer knows what I'm talking about, listen to Rich kids blues from the album Wounded Rhymes from 2011, it explains it all. Even though her music is a bit less mellow than the bands listed before, her performances are just as haunting and probably best to be heard or even seen live. I might have a bit of a girl crush on this girl.
- Kate Bush - This one is a golden oldie, but not less prefect for an evening of haunting music. It's impossible to just list one album or song that's perfect to listen with some chocolate and wine or whatever our cure is for cramps. Her music is just perfectly eerie and feminine. I also recommend watching The Kate Bush Story, the documentary that was recently released about this woman, it made me appreciate her music even more lately! (Do you see that female vocal theme going on here?
- Alt-J - Ha tricked you there, this is a man singing. I have been listening to Alt-J's new album, This is all yours, which released this year. My main reason for listening is to figure out if I like it. I'm not sure, but at least there's a lot of layers in Alt-J's music so that it doesn't get very boring after listening to it numerous times. I also wanted to give it a chance because I really appreciate their first album An Awesome Wave, and especially the song Interlude 1, which was the first song I heard them perform live at Lowlands 2012.