I've been adding songs to my 'playlist', which I have titled Unusual Chillout Music. I woke up at 4.30 this morning and couldn't get back to sleep, so I've been listening to soft songs so that I don't hurt my fragile morning-brain.
Anyway, I thought I'd write a little about each one here.
1) Califone - Bottles and Bones (Shade & Sympathy)
My mate was doing his usual browsing through myspace, profile hopping. I was getting quite annoyed at the blips of music that kept popping up until this one came on. He skipped past it, clearly not to his taste, but I made him go back just so I could note down who it was.
Perhaps not the most fitting song to go with the rest of these, but I felt it deserved a mention, and I've not had time to fully discover the rest of their music to be including any different tracks.
Their music seems to have taken many forms over their releases, with normal albums such as 'Roomsound', (The one this track is on), and the more experimental ones such as Deceleration One... But well worth a listen
2) Gregory and the Hawk - Boats and Birds
My friend sent me this track about a year ago, adamant that I would love it to bits. Though when I first heard the name 'Gregory and the Hawk', I couldn't help but be a little put off. Yeah, yeah, the whole 'Judge a book' argument does hold, but there are so many bands out there with odd names like this that don't have that 'special' factor. Either way, I was proven wrong and it was a beautiful song. At 2:56, it's just FAR FAR FAR too short. There are 2 'versions' of it, the demo and the EP version. The EP seems to have a clearer sound than the demo, which makes sense, but the demo album is softer and easier to listen to, so for me it's my favourite. Fortunately, because it's such a cool song, it doesn't matter too much... But you should check it out, because it's nice :)
3) Emiliana Torrini - Serenade
I stumbled across Emiliana Torrini about 5 years ago. A friend (Infamous for his taste in Hardcore music, oddly) sent me one of her songs. Granted, it was a mix, but it was still pretty chilled. I gathered up what music she had available and absorbed myself, (Fingertips
being a particular favourite). When her newest album was released, Fisherman's Woman, I took a listen and was more "Oh... hmm" than in love with it. It was a lot softer and traditional than her other stuff, more minimalist. However, I have since listened some more and it is up there with the best of them. Serenade is the last song on the track, and carries a beautiful sound to finish off the album. If you like minimalist music with female vocals, you'll love this song.
4) Imogen Heap - Can't Take It In
I first listened to Imogen Heap about a year ago, maybe a bit longer... Though I'd heard the name quite a while, especially as she was gaining popularity just before I investigated. I was just being my usual ignorant self up until that point, and kept confusing her with Uriah Heap... a terrible, terrible mistake, I know. I shan't link to them, to save me from a little more embarassment. Anyway, she's got so many wonderful songs that it would be very easy to pick a good handful that would quite happily fit in this playlist. I chose this particular one because it was in between her uptempo songs and her slow ones. A sort of compromise, if you will...
That is, if you like this one, you'll probably love all her other stuff (And Frou Frou
), but they're both quite popular now anyway, so boo me.
5) パール兄弟 – Youkoso! Hitori Bocchi
This track, by the 'Pearl Brothers', I first heard on the anime 'Welcome to the NHK!'... which, I'm afraid to say, seemed to be the path I was slipping into as my playlist progressed. Not a lot really to say about this song, since it's in Japanese I have no idea what they're saying, but as I find with a lot of music, that's not important to me. It's a nice acoustic song, but sounds a tad depressing... They're probably singing about something really sad, but I'll let it in because it /could/ be about something wonderful. like ice-cream.
6) MINAKO "mooki" OBATA – The World Of Midnight
Another song from an anime. This time it's from 'Black Lagoon' - wonderful, but wanting more! Perhaps not perfectly fitting with the rest of the music, but we started with a song I said the same about so we may aswell end (for now) with one. No instruments in this song, just vocals, and very nice ones. I suppose I feel more for the song since I've seen it used in the anime... I do have a habit of doing that. So perhaps if you don't enjoy this song the first time you hear it, you should watch the anime ;P
And so that's it for now. Please, if you have any suggestions or comments, don't hesitate to put them forward, I'd love to add some music to this and discover some more along the same lines!
On a side note, the following songs get an honourable mention. They're great songs, just not quite fitting for what I wanted to do here...
Grandadbob - Hide Me
The Delgados - The Light Before We Land
Joanna Newsom - Peach, Plum, Pear
Regina Spektor - Carbon Monoxide