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The Alternative Soundtrack: January Playlist

January 4, 2015


















Originally posted  on The Alt Soundtrack


Unknown to everyone, I create a monthly playlist and have done since January 2013. I thought I'd share these with the world from this month onwards.


January is a reflective month and, post holidays, can be solemn so my selection is mostly soulful, acoustic, and great to stay in and write/read to. I also found a few alternative covers to old school pop songs, which I've really enjoyed over the holidays.


On the new music scene, listen to Tennyson's With You. They're a electronic duo from Canada and they include some jazz, which makes it a very versatile track. I can see it at a party yet here I am listening to it at home alone.


My favourite of the covers has to be the Springsteen cover by Ruth Moody. She is the anti-Springsteen and that makes this cover a completely different entity to the original. Take away those rumbustious drums and that eighties synth, spruce it up with a perky violin and a plucky guitar, soften those beautiful lyrics with a soothing female vocalist and it is a great version, almost unrecognisable and worth a listen.


On the artist watch, look out for Novo Amor. From our own shores, Ali Lacey (as he's really known) is being labelled the British Bon Iver. His vocals are definitely comparable in style to those of Justin Vernon, but in complete musical terms, I would say he is halfway between the aforementioned Bon Iver and Kodaline. My outlandish prediction therefore is that, when he releases a full length album, it could replicate Kodaline's mainstream success of In a Perfect World, featuring in the UK Top 5 Albums.


The Playlist

I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) Sleeping At Last (originally The Proclaimers)

The Well Imaginary Future

Glimpse of a Time Broken Twin

We All Die Trying to Get It Right Vance Joy

Brandy Alexander Feist

Red Daniel Merriweather

From Gold Novo Amor

Ancient Light Allman Brown

Candle in the Wind Ed Sheeran (originally by Elton John)

At Moment's Grace Boy & Bear

Meet Me There Nick Mulvey

Vanishing Act Early Winters

Faux Novo Amor & Ed Tullett

Dancing in the Dark Ruth Moody (originally by Bruce Springsteen)

Coffee Sylvan Esso

Heart Skipped a Beat The xx

How Long Will I Love You Ellie Goulding (originally by The Waterboys)

With You Tennyson

To Build A Home The Cinematic Orchestra

Rewind Paolo Nutini

Vapour Vancouver Sleep Clinic

Stay Alive Jose Gonzalez

Higher Love James Vincent McMorrow (orignally by Steve Winwood & Chaka Khan)

Mexico The Staves

Calendar Girl Stars

Song for Zula Phosphorescent

Run Steve Moakler

22 Night Beds

All I Want Dawn Golden

The Great Exhale Great Lake Swimmers

Here With Me Susie Suh

My Old Friend Sam Amidon

Will You Daniel Wilson

Song For You Alexi Murdoch

1000 Years Liza Anne

I Don't Blame You Cat Powers

Small Things Ben Howard

It Must Have Been Love Kathleen Edwards (originally by Roxette)

Mushaboom Feist

You're The One That I Want Angus & Julia Stone (originally from Grease)

Another Love Tom Odell

Your Song Ellie Goulding (originally by Elton John)

Smother Daughter


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