As if Mondays weren’t bad enough, whoever is in charge of the whole Philly weather thing seriously messed up today. It’s drizzly, it’s dark, it’s gloomy…not exactly a feel-good day. Luckily, spring break is fast approaching for us students, just one more week until a whopping five days of freedom. All this dreary weather and work seems to have everyone in slightly lessened spirits, so I thought I’d share some tunes that might help. These tracks definitely vary from one another, but combine to make a very fitting rainy day playlist. Listen/download below, and keep your fingers crossed for sun tomorrow!
Will Do – TV On The Radio // TVOTR fans have been waiting for a new release since 2008, and this first taste of their upcoming Nine Types of Light does not disappoint. The highlight here is undoubtedly the way in which frontman Tunde Adebimpe’s unique lyricism is layered over an also distinctively TVOTR melody. The payoff is especially high in the chorus…I dare you not to bob along. The album drops April 12th, and the boys will be kicking off their spring tour right here in Philly on April 8th (tickets here).
Castles In The Snow – Twin Shadow // This track is by far my favorite from Twin Shadow’s Forget, which was released last year and produced by Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear. For those of you who missed his show back in November, he’ll be at the First Unitarian Church on March 31st with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (tickets here). Or, if you’re planning on doing the festival thing this summer, he’ll also be making appearances at Sasquatch and Bonnaroo.
Borders – The Whitest Boy Alive // Simple yet extremely memorable, just like the rest of 2006’s Dreams from this four-piece German indie outfit. A few short lines of lyrics are all that’s necessary to pull this song together with just slightly haunting overtones: “I need it every day / I blame it on you / You always have control / Now I don’t.”
Stay Even – Port St. Willow // PSW is Nick Principe, a young Portland-based musician with a knack for creating dreamy and intricately layered melodies. His mid-falsetto vocals and soothing guitar make this an ultimate rainy day track. PSW was recently featured by Shaking Through, a new music project from Weathervane Music and WXPN that provides exposure and resources to selected emerging artists. The result is a lovely video featuring Principe and Peter Silberman of The Antlers talking about their shared musical histories and futures, check it out here.