I’m not sure about you, but I know that for me, as the weather changes, so do my musical interests. As the winter progresses, my acoustic and indie folk inclinations rise. I am a devoted fan to singer-songwriters like Ben Howard, Ed Sheeran, Gabrielle Aplin, Lewis Watson, and many other talented artists from the UK. However, this winter, I’ve seen myself drift from such artists and genres.
Unlike my typical winters, this one has completely thrown me off and I blame that on the unusual weather patterns. My preferred genres this season seemed to have turned to “chill” and electronic. I’ve been really digging Snakehips, Disclosure, Kygo, Flume, Modi, and a plethora of others within this range. What made this unconscious mindset change so dramatically? Well, definitely the warm weather (though there have been a few frigid days thrown in the mix) and probably the use of the “Discover” tab on Spotify. I’ve never really opted for this tool until I came across some of my favorite “undiscovered” artists on there. I thought, “Hey, why not? I might as well give it a try!” so I pressed play, placed the songs on shuffle, and as the beats progressed, I noticed myself adding the suggestions to some of my ongoing playlists. I discovered so many new artists that were unknown to me prior and through clicking around their profiles, I continuously searched the related artists and discovered even more artists that weren’t and still aren’t mainstream.
While listening to these songs, my goose bumps were “spooked” in such a positive way that I continuously kept creating “… & chill” playlists and compiling new, what I like to call “vibing”, songs into these curated mixes. Although I have felt some detachment to my beloved, heart-wrenching love ballads and soft acoustic guitar rhythms, I have been loving the songs that I can just sit, stare, and think about nothing as these beats crash amongst me.