Songs to Listen To When You Don’t Want to Cheer Up
Sometimes I enjoy being in a mood. I just need to sulk and take some time out before picking myself up. Maybe I don’t want Hall and Oates to make all my dreams come true! Can’t I drink tea and feel sorry for myself for a while? Luckily, there are some pretty stellar tracks that are the perfect accompaniment for Autumn melancholy.
Rodriguez-Crucify Your Mind
Rodriguez is a brilliant lyricist. His songs always have a message, and although written in the 70s, his social commentary is still current. Check out the documentary ‘Searching For Sugarman’ if you haven’t heard of his story. Imagine selling more records than Elvis in South Africa but having no idea about it, nor getting any money from the sales. That’s what happened for Sixto Rodriguez. Until he was tracked down and resurrected what he thought was a failed musical career to perform sell out tours again.
Velociraptor is a Garage Pop band from Australia that has been gaining a presence in the independent scene. This song is endearingly angsty and the monotone vocals perfectly express those times when you feel like wallowing for a while.
The Rubens- Hoops
“Do you feel, do you feel that you feel too much?”
Is anyone else guilty of some over-thinking blues? This track shows off the Rubens matured sound; for a second album it delivers and offers no disappointments.
The Smiths-Cemetery Gates
You can never go wrong with The Smiths, especially when feeling pensive. Although if you want to keep your brooding to a momentary self indulgence, then I don’t recommend investigating the lyrics too much.
“A dreaded sunny day
So let’s go where we’re wanted
And I meet you at the cemetery gates
Keats and Yeats are on your side
But you lose because Wilde is on mine”
That’s enough to make anyone feel pessimistic.
Benz- Swing My Soul
This up and coming Swedish artist has a distinct sound as proved with ‘Swing My Soul’. This track is calming and smooth, yet full of unexpected moments and surprises.
Little May have recently released a new album featuring a developed sound, but in my opinion nothing can surpass ‘Hide’ from their EP. Full of dynamics and drama, you can’t help but feel connected to the rawness and emotion of the song.
Whilst Katrina and the Waves might disagree, I think it’s perfectly ok to have the occasional mope. The weather at this time of year makes it inevitable, and it’s hard to walk on sunshine when the sun sets at 4.30pm! Make a hot drink, give these songs as go and indulge in a mellow moment. I’m sure you’ll be on your merry way soon.