Today’s SOTD features all of my favorite things. Piano sounds where you can hear the piano parts moving. Post apocalyptic desert scenes. Slow motion. Singing that sends chills up my spine. This SOTD (and let’s be honest, VOTD) has it all! It’s enough to make one cry (I may have). Here’s Jon Hopkins again and Feel First Life.
Today’s SOTD is brought to you by Glass Animals. Here’s a droopy, melt-in-your-mouth chill vibe song, apply entitled Gooey. Your ears will savour it like a Werther’s original™ .
Time for some more REM. I used to listen to this one on repeat in my younger years when I was sad and needed to get by. Here’s I Believe from 1986.
Summer-themed songs continue. Here’s the appropriately titled Salted Caramel Ice Cream by Metronomy for your Thursday.
Today’s SOTD is from very young talent out of Saskatchewan. This is a hot summer song, if ever I heard one. Here’s Colter Wall with Sleeping on the Blacktop.
I was walking home in “feeling like 40 degree” weather yesterday when this song came on. I thought to myself “Wow, this is a hot, hot summer song.” Hot as in summer heat and also kinda hot.
Here’s Hot Chip with Night & Day. Isn’t it weird that, to date, I haven’t posted any Hot Chip?
Today’s SOTD is a double feature because I’m highlighting someone whose work I can’t narrow down to one song. One album, maybe. The album, in this case would be Horses, circa 1975.
I had this album cover framed and hanging on my bedroom wall back in the ‘80s. Recognize this famous photo by Robert Mapplethorpe?
First up is the title track, Horses, a song I couldn’t stop replaying back in the day because of its adlibbed prose. The other track is a more familiar one and my young self thought it so jaw-dropping and so hot because here was a woman singing about having sex with … *gasp*… another woman! Without further ado, here’s Patti Smith with Horses, followed by Gloria.
Today’s SOTD is also a VOTD. It’s a trip through the solar system of our inner selves and cells. It’s a biological journey through space. No, really. Check it out. Here’s Jon Hopkins with Everything Connected.
Today’s SOTD is from Swedish DJ Oni Ayhun, also affiliated with The Knife so our Swedish electro theme continues. This is OAR003-B and it’s long and involved (in a lie back and close your eyes kinda way).
Also, because it’s my Saturday writing day, I feel inclined to share a new edition to the household. Call me eccentric (because I’ve never heard *that* before) but I’m going back to my writing roots. For my big rewrite I’m doing pen to paper, like I used to. Then I’ll be doing ink to paper. Immediate and deliberate; each word and punctuation intentional and hand-wrought. Seriously though. It’s working a kind of magic that a direct type to an iPad or laptop cannot match.
If there’s a single song ever written about being out as a teenager in the suburbs in the 1980s, this is it. This was one of my favourite songs (on rotation) when I was 18 and everything in it rang true for me. Feeling like my home was no longer a home because of my parent’s reaction to my sexuality. Thinking about dying. Being too shy to ask for something. Every line. All of it.
Here is The Smiths with their 1986 song, There is A Light That Never Goes Out.