The world keeps on turning even as your psyche keeps on churning and burning.
Here are five compositions that’ll make you forget we’re living in a veritable dystopia and might even inspire you to greater heights during a time when cowardice and indifference rule the roost. Listen to these and emancipate yourself accordingly, friends.
Into The Woods (Tycho)
Tycho (@ISO50) is pure musical transcendence for those of us toiling under the sheer weight of this pandemic. Amidst all the calamity fermenting in our frail mindset these days is a small and innocent child just waiting for the chance to roam free in the wild without a care in the world. Therein lies the magic of Scott Hansen and his Sacramento-based, soulful, post-modern trance overtures. Be it on the keyboards, guitar, bass, or behind-the-scenes producing his craft, you’ve got a fighting chance against the odds armed with his spell-bounding sojourns into the deep recesses of our untamed and festering minds. Generation-X never seemed more alive and trapped under his audible stewardship and Into The Woods might very well be his magnum opus. Worth a listen and savouring during a moonlight drive up north or with scented candles during the quiet moments of life.
Melosense (#melosense) is a progressive house/downtempo producer from Thessaloniki, Greece whose work is anthemic in nature and riveting in form. Nostalgia caught my attention from the very first listen and has captivated ever since like a sonic spectre haunting me throughout the day. It’s literally a delight for the ears and feels like cosmic ointment for the soul. You could call this tropical house or a genre of deep house or a gradual evolution of trance fusion, but in the end it seems that Melosense exists because his exquisite drum patterns and relentless tempos were made to carry you away to far-off distance places like Narnia and keep you there long enough to forget all the real-time atrophy around you. Isn’t that worth spending a few minutes of your day gratifying yourself with this magician?
Coffee and Feels (Satin Jackets)
Tim Bernhardt (@satinjackets) could be described as a crusader of the post-modern disco-spirit which simply refuses to die. This isn’t simply new age house music; it’s house elevated to a whole new and powerful level of sumptuously gorgeous sound and dissonant beats. Coffee and Feels is a glorious acoustic gateway to a place where you’ll remember why the simple things in life remain available only if you find the time to rid yourself of first world complexities. This music is thoroughly rejeuvenating and will restore your faith in beautifully produced artisanship at its finest. Start every day with this.
I Will Keep You (Act As If)
Another California powerhouse, Peter Verdell and Act As If (@actasifmusic) absolutely blew me away with this tune on so many visceral levels. Seriously, I Will Keep You should be an anthem for an era where cynicism is rife and hope struggles under the weight of our most basic insecurities and profound anxieties. One listen to this retro-geared masterpiece and you’ll be transported to a time when smoking weed in the garage and kissing the one you love under the stars actually meant something and you bloody well knew it.
Oceans (RY X & Olafur Arnalds)
Throw in their cinematic video and you’ll quickly understand why Olafur Arnalds (@OlafurArnalds) and his masterful collaboration with RY X aka Ry Cuming (@ryx) has become a stroke of absolute genius. The former is Icelandic and is a fearsome multi-instrumentalist, the latter Australian and a celestial vocalist in his own right; together they’ve created a vividly profound soundscape that is resplendent with equal parts buoyant happiness and inevitable regret. Oceans will make you writhe in bittersweet ecstasy as you abandon any notions of giving up during these trying times. Listening to this track will make you remember that, in the end, perspective is everything – even in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. “I’m bleeding oceans. And I’ll lay you down again.” Yeah.