Fall and winter are my two favorite seasons of the year (while I LOVE spring and summer, as well). ”Why is that?” one may ask. To that, I’ve got a quick list that gives ample support for my thought:
- Apple Cider
- Reading by a fireplace
- MLB Postseason
- Beginning of the “Oscar-push” season in theatres
- Crunchy, colourful leaves
- Ripe tangerines
Now, now, now; don’t let me neglect the inclusion of the most important key to this picture I’ve tried to illustrate: the music that accompanies it. Every individual has their own preferences as to the music that pushes them through the day, whether it be classic rock, instrumental, alternative, pop, country, metal, house, electronic, indie, or even folk. For me, it’s the latter two: indie and folk. Yes, there is a wide range of sub-genres, be it the indie pop Dragonette, country folk Dawes, or classic folk Joni Mitchell but many of the best musical acts, discovered or not, in the world find themselves straddling the liminal region between the two “Indie Folk” and they are perfect for the latter two seasons of the year, fall and winter.
Indie, to me, isn’t an undiscovered, “independent” artist, it is a sound. This sound is one that hasn’t been tainted by the overarching, evil empire of the “record label,” it is raw, it is emotional, it is the way music should be. This is the music that is perfect for a leisurely stroll in the park, overtop of the crunchiest golden leaf; it is perfect for that Sunday morning crossword-writing; this music is the reason why we can survive midterms and December finals. It’s the not-so-distracting, not in-your-face melody that soothes you into a rhythm, while the vocals maintain a sense of comfort and peace.
England (The National Cover) – Mumford & Sons
Lost In My Mind – The Head and the Heart
Oh Catherine, My Catherine – Widower
New Year Song – Hey Rosetta!
Roses In The Nordic Countries – House Of Wolves
The Woods – Daughter
Bonus (not indie – amazing song, perfect for fall):
Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January 1967 – John Mayer