Being in Chicago, this is the worst winter I have experienced in a long time, and I think if spring doesn’t come soon, I may get seasonal affective disorder. Fortunately, there has been plenty of great music this winter to fight back that depression, and here are five of my favorites from this blustery winter.
Neneh Cherry – “Everything”
Neneh Cherry’s brand new Blank Project is my first time ever hearing the alt-R&B Swede’s music, so it was a welcome discovery. The distorted vocal loop that propels the song instantly pulls you in, and Cherry’s fierce vocals take it up a notch.
ceo – “OMG”
Eric Berglund, one half of Sweden’s electro-pop Tough Alliance, just released his second album under the moniker ceo, and it’s even better than the first. The perfectly titled Wonderland creates this strange fairyland of electronic, pop, hip hop, and experimental samples to make this one album a real thrill ride. Closer “OMG” best captures the wondrous energy.
Angel Olsen – “Windows”
I discovered Angel Olsen’s debut album Half Way Home late last summer and instantly fell in love with her music. At the time, I described her as one-part Roy Orbison, one-part Joni Mitchell, with a hint of Joanna Newsom, but I think Olsen’s music has changed and maybe even improved on her latest Burn Your Fire for No Witness. “Windows” is just an astonishingly beautiful closer, which is sort of the big chilling ballad that Sharon Van Etten has been doing the last few years.
Warpaint – “Love Is to Die”
We wrongfully made no mention of Warpaint’s latest album upon its release in January, and I am here to correct that mistake. The all-female LA band build songs that sliver and creep into your consciousness, thanks in most part to one of the most dynamic rhythm sections in rock right now in drummer Stella Mozgawa and bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg. The title track to their latest album Love Is to Die displays the band at their most hypnotic.
Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks – “Little Fang”
Talk about an earworm. This is Dave Portner aka Avey Tare of experimental pop band Animal Collective’s latest project, and it sounds like he is having a blast, with this sort of psychedelic disco whirlwind. Good luck shaking this one.
For more of my favorite from this winter, here is a 15 song Spotify playlist.