Songs for Winter

A few months ago, my colleague Misha wrote a great post on Shelf Talk about the albums that make up her autumn soundtrack. Now that the seasons have turned, I’d like to share some of the records I can’t stop listening to when the temperatures drop, the nights grow longer and life slows to a quieter pace. Here are a few of my favorite albums for winter.

Kurr — Amiina. This record makes me want to curl up in a warm blanket, grab a cup of hot tea and knit. An all-female quartet based in Reykjavík, Amiina blends strings with ambient electronic sounds to produce cozy yet uncanny instrumentals that are sure to delight fans of their fellow Icelanders Múm and Sigur Rós.

Just Another Diamond Day — Vashti Bunyan. ‘Winter is blue/Everything’s leaving. . .If my heart freezes/I won’t feel the breaking.” Bunyan’s folksy, often melancholy tunes suit the stillness of the season.

Knives Don’t Have Your Back — Emily Haines & the Soft Skeleton. Best known as the lead singer of the dance-y, electro-pop/rock band Metric, Haines takes a much more low-key approach in this album of stripped-down, introspective tunes. Good listening for quiet chilly nights at home.

But the band who encapsulates the sound of winter best for me is Galaxie 500. Their dreamy distorted guitar lines and enigmatic lyrics evoke the same feelings in me as the hazy weirdly lit sky just before a snowstorm. And their cover of Yoko Ono’s “Listen, the Snow is Falling” is the perfect soundtrack when those first snowflakes start to fall, blanketing everything in a soft cover of white.

What’s in heavy rotation on your iPod/CD player/tape deck/turntable during the winter months? Tell us in the comments!

5 thoughts on “Songs for Winter”

  1. Iron & Wine’s The Shepherd’s Dog – there’s something about it that makes me want to go on long, chilly bike rides with friends, all bundled up in woolens.

  2. Thanks, Abby, for sharing some winter music! Like Jonathan, I like Low in the winter and Galaxie 500. I have already placed holds on the rest!

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