Wow – it’s been nine months since I last posted a Music Mix post? Geez… That’s nine months of missing out on some really great songs that I’ve been listening to non-stop on Spotify. I rarely listen to terrestrial radio anymore, although I do jam out to many of the CD’s that I still own. Yup – still like to have a physical product in my hands ’cause I’m all about cover art and lyric booklets.
This newest mix is a bit of a mellower breakdown of a variety of artists from different genres to wind down the work day, chill out and relax to over the weekend, or maybe if you’re feeling a bit creative and need some music to inspire the right side of your brain. Many of these songs are indie-based (a genre I never thought I’d dig until recently), and more than a few have been featured in television shows and film.
While I highly suggest listening to these tunes with earbuds/headphones on, you can still rock out to ’em through speakers as background ambient noise. Great for parties! Or if you’re an insomniac like me, it’s a cool playlist to fall asleep to.
If you have any future suggestions for songs or artists to check out, just give me a recommendation in the comments below. If ya got Twitter, feel free to tweet me @SylentMari.
Fear Factory – “Enhanced Reality” [Bonus Track] – Genexus
This is the newest song in both the playlist and this post; Genexus was just released this past Friday (August 7th). If you’re an FF fan and were disappointed by the so-so The Industrialist, this album is definitely worth checking out ’cause it’s a vast improvement over that last effort. This bonus track can be found on the digipak version of the album and it’s the last track, and it’s a great album closer. One of their mellower tracks that’s reminiscent of songs like “Timelessness” from Obsolete and “(Memory Imprints) Never End” from Digimortal, “Enhanced Reality” is just a beautiful ambient industrial track that’s more electronic than most of their songs. It’s one of my new favorite songs and I haven’t stopped listening to it since I first heard it. A perfect track to listen to while ending the evening on a high note.
Aquilo – “Put Me Down” – Calling Me EP
I dig Aquilo quote a bit. A mixture of dream pop & alternative R & B, they’re a go-to for me whenever I am feeling a bit stressed out with the bazillion things I have going on in life. I just throw on some of their music, close my eyes, and imagine being anywhere else in the world. Actually – I think of their music as “I’m Already On Vacation” music. I’m physically here yet mentally on an extended vacation while listening to them. See out the rest of their music now.
Highly Suspect – “Lydia” – Mister Asylum
If you like your alterna-rock a little down-n-dirty with a small-bar feel, “Lydia” is the perfect song to jam out to. The “heaviest” track in the playlist, it’s a great rockin’ single from newer band Highly Suspect – a band that has a long career ahead of them. This is a song you play when you’ve have a house party going on or a couple of friends over and you’re relaxing outside and wanting something a bit louder to end your evening on a high note.
Adaline – “Broken Glass” – Famous for Fire
I love Adaline’s music. Her voice is simply majestic and calming, and her lyrics touch upon almost every emotion a person can feel in their lifetime. Famous for Fire is a really good album that has many songs worth listening to, and “Broken Glass” is one of my favorites from it. It’s got a driving, somewhat-grungy guitar riff that anchors the song, a groovy bassline, and great percussive work while Adaline sings her heart out. She has a new record coming up that I’m definitely looking forward to.
Other suggested tracks to listen to off of Famous for Fire: “Clean,” the title track, and “Poor You.”
Alanis Morissette – “You Owe Me Nothing in Return – Under Rug Swept
As is tradition, I always add at least one Alanis song to my music mix. This is a Top 10 favorite song for me, if not a Top 5 one. It’s held a lot of meaning to me for years since the album it’s featured on, Under Rug Swept, was released 13 years ago. It’s about giving your all to someone – whether it be a friend, significant other, or someone important in your life – and not expecting anything in return. So a selfless act of kindness that doesn’t need to be rewarded. What’s so cool about this song is that you can interpret it in different ways, but it describes my attitude towards those are in my inner-circle.This is also one of Alanis’ slower, more electronic, and lyrically fluid (the lyrics flow together smoothly) songs.
You+Me – “Break the Cycle” – rose ave.
Are you into dreamy folk pop? Do you have a quiet spot that you like to sit in and just daydream the hours away? Let this song help you drift off into a few moments of quiet and silence. You+Me is a unique musical collaboration between singers P!nk (love her) and Dallas Green (formerly of Alexisonfire/now solo – City and Colour). “Break the Cycle” is a gorgeous piece of acoustic pop that takes you away from the world for a few minutes, returning you with a smile on your face and a lightness in your heart. Their debut album, rose ave., is worth checking out and it includes a wonderful cover of Sade’s “No Ordinary Love.”
Röyskopp – Eple – Melody AM
Some instrumental electronic music to zone out too. Another new favorite of mine.
Lorde – “Yellow Flicker Beat” – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Soundtrack
I haven’t seen the last Hunger Games film yet – too much too watch, not enough time to watch it all. This song is featured on the soundtrack to the first part of the Mockingjay two-parter and is one of my favorite songs from Lorde. It’s got a driving groovy melody that’s catchy and a great dance tune too, or just to chill out to. Even if you’re not a Lorde fan, it’s still worth checking out.
Jacko Hooper – “Run Away With Me” – For You EP
For fans of Ben Howard, I cannot recommend Jacko Hooper’s first EP enough. He’s a terrific songwriter with such a strong and melodic signing voice, and you can feel him singing his soul out. His lyrics deserve your undivided attention and you can easily get lost in them. He was a surprise find for me and I’m sure you’ll be as into his music as I am.
Mumford & Sons – “Believe” – Wilder Mind
I was never really a Mumford & Sons fan; they aren’t the type of musical act that I normally listen to. Lately I’ve been trying to expand my musical vocabulary by listening to a lot of indie music and the many sub-genres that fall under it, and I’ve been greatly impressed. You might’ve heard “Believe” on mainstream rock and pop stations, and for good reason: it is a most excellent song. I haven’t stopped listening to it since I first heard it.
Zella Day – “Compass” – Kicker
This was featured in the following shows: The Vampire Diaries, Season 6, Episode 9 – “I Alone” & Catfish: The TV Show, Season 4, Episode 7 – “Whitney & Bre”
“Compass” is a rainy-day song for me. It’s hard to really describe the song for me, but pay close attention to the lyrics and vocals. Another song that requires your full focused attention.
Ghost Loft – “So High” – “So High” Single
There’s a few songs in this playlist that I discovered while seeking out fan videos for my favorite featured couple from Person Of Interest: Root & Shaw (Shoot). A lot of these videos helped pique my interest (ha!) in the show, which I really didn’t get into when it first premiered; what a fool I was. But the specific songs chosen for many of them hit me in the ‘feels’ quite hard, especially if you are caught up on the evolution of Shoot from their first meeting to what awaits us in Season Five (I’m a little nervous). “So High” is a terrific song that is pretty and soulful and kinda melts your heart, too.
The xx – “Infinity” – xx
This song was featured in the following shows: 90210, Season 2, Episode 8 – “Women’s Intuition” & Person Of Interest, Season 4, Episode 7 – “Honor Among Thieves”
While the song above was featured in a Person Of Interest fan video, this one pops up in an episode of the show during a really funny & flirty scene. Shaw is undercover trying to help out Team Machine’s latest “number,” a handsome thief named Tomas, and in the middle of her intimate first date/meeting with him, Root jumps onto comms and starts teasing Shaw about her date and brings up the flirting to levels past 10. Shaw is trying her hardest to not be affected by Root – but then Root had to mention their time spent hiding out in a CIA safe house, complete with zip ties & a hood and Shaw almost falters.
The rest of the episode is really, really good.
Band Of Skulls – “Cold Sweat” – Himalayan
This song was featured in the following show: Lost Girl, Season 5, Episode 2 – “Like Hell (Pt. 2)”
I don’t want to spoil the scene(s) that this song appears in because Lost Girl is still airing, and it’s best to binge-watch the fifth season after every episode has aired. The final eight episodes of the series will premiere on Sunday, September 6th and will be eight continuous weeks ’til the series finale. All I will say of this scene is that it features two sexy scenes featuring two core female characters in different scenarios. “Cold Sweat” adds to the sexual tension in both scenes by offering a sexy ’70’s-style rock groove to the mix.
The Kills – “Future Starts Slow” – Blood Pressures
This song is featured in the following shows: Political Animals (theme song) / Grey’s Anatomy, Season 8, Episode 4 – “What Is It About Men” / CSI: NY, Season 8, Episode 6 – “Get Me Out of Here!” / The Vampire Diaries, Season 3, Episode 17 – “Break On Through” / Person Of Interest, Season 2, Episode 16 – “Relevance” / Reckless, Season 1, Episode 11 – “And So It Begins”
This is quite the popular song for TV shows and for good reason – it’s such a kickass tune. The Kills are a newer favorite group and I first discovered their music thanks to Lost Girl, which features “Sour Cherry” in Season One (“Vexed”) and “You Don’t Own the Road” in Season 3 (“Caged Fae”). For a lot of Person Of Interest fans, this song was introduced to them in Shaw’s first episode, “Relevance.” It’s a great introductory episode to a character that doesn’t take shit, takes charge of situations, is a one-woman army, and will even flirt with danger (literally). As Shaw ends quite the chaotic day for her, the song plays as her ex-government past comes up and tries to get rid of her. Obviously that didn’t happen, and we get this song that will always be associated with Shaw.
The Kite Strings – “Arcadia” – Vessel
So, so dreamy. Oh so dreamy. A great day-beginning song.
Maria Doyle Kennedy – “How You Remind Me” – Even Better Than The Real Thing Vol. 1
How do you make a Nickelback somewhat presentable & enjoyable for people who hate their music with the burning passion of a million suns? Be a badass singer and do a badass acoustic cover of it. If the name Maria Doyle Kennedy seems familiar to you, you might recognize her best as “Siobhan Sadler/Mrs. S” on one of my favorite shows: Orphan Black. Heck, she even sang in one episode of OB towards the end of Season 3 – “Insolvent Phantom of Tomorrow.” You need to seek the rest of her musical catalog immediately – she’s got so many songs to listen to, and she has a really mesmerizing & beautiful voice.
Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell – “Firestone” – “Firestone” Single
If I were to put this song under a genre, I’d stick it under indie alternative R & B dance (say that five times fast). It’s a cool song to do some moderate dancing to or bumping at a house party. That’s what the trendy people do, right?
Nothing But Thieves – “Wake Up Call” – “Wake Up Call” Single
If you like Death Cab for Cutie, The Black Keys, or Mumford & Sons, you’ll love this song. That is all.
Amber Run – “I Found” – Pilot EP
The song was featured in the following shows: Teen Wolf, Season 5, Episode 8 – “Ouroboros” & Saving Hope, Season 3, Episode 3 – “Awakenings”
This beautiful & melancholy song has been used in several fan videos for Shoot and each one that I’ve seen breaks my heart every time; that’s how I heard of it the first time and have loved it since. The song is absolutely perfect for the unconventional couple, and both videos below perfectly capture the heartbreak, the unconditional caring, and soul-crushing moments that make Shoot one of the best fandom couples ever. Amber Run has several other great tracks, but this is definitely my favorite of theirs’.
Klo – “False Calls” – Cusp EP
Another great day-ender. Funky beats and smooth vocals. You’re welcome.