Now that winter is approaching, the dark mornings are making getting out of bed so much harder. So, I’ve made an early morning playlist to ease into the day and waken up softly.
Artists such as Bon Iver, Benjamin Francis Leftwich and Bear’s Den start off the playlist as an acoustic canvas. A Blaze of Feather, my new favourite folk band, also make an appearance here. During festival season this year this mysterious band kept popping up on numerous festival line-ups, despite no one knowing who they were. Eventually folk singer-songwriter, Ben Howard, and visual artist, Mickey Smith, claimed the responsibility of the band. Their sound still has the musky elements of Ben Howard’s music but with a bit of a darker texture, similar to his second album: I Forget Where We Were.
Weaving throughout the playlist are the odd indie-rock artists. My rekindled love for Palma Violets came through with two of their more sedated songs, in contrast to their usual post-punk, upbeat tracks. Mac Demarco also shines through on this track with euphoric melodies in This Old Dog. Great way to start the day.
To finish off the playlist, Keaton Henson makes an appearance. The perpetually aching vocals throughout each of Keaton’s tracks is a little heavy for the morning, (Bit different to Mac) but his music, although heartbreaking, is simultaneously some of the most soothing music I’ve come across. The melodic chords, paired with the raspy vocals from Henson create such alluring tracks for the early morning commute.