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

 Sourced from: https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2017/angus-julia-stone/christchurch

Sourced from: https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2017/angus-julia-stone/christchurch

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

 Sourced from: https://genius.com/Tv-girl-lovers-rock-lyrics

Sourced from: https://genius.com/Tv-girl-lovers-rock-lyrics

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

 Sourced from: https://www.morrisonhotelgallery.com/photographs/S2Qd8T/Joni-Mitchell-Skating-on-Lake-Mendota-Gatefold-for-her-iHejirai-Album-Madison-WI-March-1976

Sourced from: https://www.morrisonhotelgallery.com/photographs/S2Qd8T/Joni-Mitchell-Skating-on-Lake-Mendota-Gatefold-for-her-iHejirai-Album-Madison-WI-March-1976

‘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

 Sourced from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IagN8bYSAAY

Sourced from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IagN8bYSAAY

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

 Sourced from: hhttps://www.miamiartguide.com/celebrate-the-music-of-ella-fitzgerald-at-the-arsht/

Sourced from: hhttps://www.miamiartguide.com/celebrate-the-music-of-ella-fitzgerald-at-the-arsht/

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

 Sourced from: https://genius.com/Fleet-foxes-white-winter-hymnal-lyrics

Sourced from: https://genius.com/Fleet-foxes-white-winter-hymnal-lyrics

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)

SHARE THIS ARTICLE

MusicClara DijkstraComment