Not a Christmas Playlist
Although we have a little less than a week left before Oxmas, I can’t in good conscience start listening to Christmas music this early in the year – wouldn’t want to ruin the magic.
So here is a playlist to get you into that lazy winter mood: slow down, maybe hibernate a little in the warmth inside, or alternatively prepare yourself for a quieter outside world (hopefully?) to be blanketed with snow.
Snow - Angus & Julia Stone
Although the title might seem a bit obvious, this recent piece by the brother-sister Australian duo is extremely catchy, the repetitive ‘lalalas’ take you in. The dialogue of siblings’ voices complement each other perfectly, and add an edge of nostalgia to the piece - symbolisign a term soon to be ending?
Lovers Rock – TV Girl
I recently discovered TV Girl in a Spotify shuffle accident, but quickly fell in love with this song. The band describes their music as ‘hypnotic pop’ – and ‘Lover’s Rock’ embodies a perfect feeling of winter laziness, urging you to ‘get a little closer’, with slightly random echo-y dialogues reminiscing of old fashioned movies (maybe like It’s A Wonderful Life?)
River – Joni Mitchell
‘It’s coming on Christmas / They’re cutting down trees / They’re putting up reindeer / And singing songs of joy and peace’
This song manages to reference Christimas without fitting into the category of Christmas music - which means I can listen to it year-round without feeling guilty. Let Joni’s voice soothe you, take a minute to slow down and sink into the cold.
Hoppípolla – Sigur Rós
Close your eyes when listening to this piece by the Icelandic band Sigur Rós, and picture running through a snowy landscape, the cold biting your face and the wind whipping hair around.
Misty – Ella Fitzgerald
This song is possibly the closest I can allow myself to get to more jazzy Christmassy sounding music – Ella’s voice just automatically conjures images of warmth, of darkness outside but light and happiness inside.
White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes
With scarves of red tied ‘round their throats/To keep their heads from falling in the snow’
‘Hymnal’ is an accurate title for this piece by Fleet Foxes – the chorus singing makes the song engaging and almost resonating (although not quite Christmas caroling yet)