It has been a long while since I’ve written about music so I wanted to sum up what I’ve been listening to and loving lately. Here are ten of my favorites that have been helping me get through this cold and snowy winter.
1. Work Song – Hozier
I love it because…it’s Hozier. His voice is wonderfully soulful, the lyrics lovely and a little dark, it has an awesome beat, and it’s just the right amount of gospel.
Favorite lyric: “No grave can hold my body down, I’ll crawl home to her”
2. Cavalier – James Vincent McMorrow
I love it because…I just can’t resist that falsetto. James Vincent has got an impressively high voice and there is something so poignant, emotional, and genuine in his tone. His songs always make me want to cry in the best possible way.
Favorite lyric: “Speak until the dust settles in the same specific place”
3. Cold as it is – The Lone Bellow
I love it because…those harmonies though. I’m a big Lone Bellow fan and I was super psyched when their new album came out earlier this year. This song builds so well, and with the winter we’ve been having in Vermont the lyrics really speak to me.
Favorite lyric: “Singing songs of sorrow, lock before the dawn, waiting for the midnight”
4. Seventeen – Lake Street Dive
I love it because…the lead singer’s voice just melts me. It also has a really fun beat. I had the pleasure of seeing this band live in Burlington recently and highly recommend checking out the rest of their tunes!
Favorite lyric: “I wish I’d met you when I was seventeen, before I kept my hands so clean”
5. Always Alright – Alabama Shakes
I love it because…it makes me think of Silver Linings Playbook. Also, it makes me want to dance. The lead singer has an awesome gravely sound and the song is a great blend of blues, southern rock, and soul.
Favorite lyric: “Well I don’t care if its seven in the morning, for all I care it could be the second coming”
6. Like Real People Do – Hozier
I love it because…it’s beautifully simple. This is one of Hozier’s softer songs. It has a gorgeous acoustic sound and has some wonderful layering of guitar, drums, back up vocals, and lead vocals.
Favorite lyric: “Why were you digging? What did you bury before those hands pulled me from the earth?”
7. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
I love it because…the funk. It starts with an awesome bass vocal, and then Bruno comes in and he’s just perfect. It’s so much fun and another great dance song. I also love the modern take on classic 70s funk.
Favorite lyric: “Smoother than a fresh jar of Skippy”
8. What I’m Doing Here – Lake Street Dive
I love it because…it makes me swoon. Rachael Price has a crazy range and this simple, stripped down song shows it off perfectly.
Favorite lyric: “There’s been so many nights when I’ve longed for your touch. There’s been so many days when our love was not enough”
9. Who Will Comfort Me – Melody Gardot
I love it because…it’s jazzy. Melody’s sultry voice paired with the horns and the simple, meaningful lyrics make for a perfect combo. Keep an ear on this one.
Favorite lyric: “My soul is weary and beaten down from all of my misery, oh Lord who will comfort me?”
10. The Love You’re Given – Jack Garratt
I love it because…it’s intriguing. It has a lot going on and features another impressive male falsetto. Definitely worth listening to all the way through.
Favorite lyric: “Don’t feed the solace within you and allow it to grow”
I hope you found something new you liked here! You can find the almost* complete playlist here on Spotify. Let me know what you’ve been listening to and loving lately in the comments below.
*What I’m Doing Here is not available on Spotify so I swapped it out with another one of my Lake Street Dive favorites.