Throughout the day, music can be a vital part of keeping your sanity. It helps set a tone and a pace for what hopefully is a pleasurable day. In my opinion, music for the morning needs to be chill, more laid back, and should be there to bring out maximum relaxation, especially on weekends. This list includes some of my vital go to morning jams. Hope you enjoy
Beck, Morning, Morning Phase
When Beck returned with this companion piece to “Sea Change,” no one quite knew what to expect. However, after realizing that it was actually brilliant, the listener is able to relax and drift across wondrous pools of water and imagine the world as it should be. Peaceful, and full of laughter and joy. “Morning” is both a lyrical and instrumental powerhouse, while still being able to gently ease into the world. The chorus especially evokes images of a pink sky coming out of the darkness of the night, and the hope for another beautiful, perfect day.
Bon Iver, Holocene, Bon Iver
The gentle guitar strums over a quiet lake, early in the morn. This is one of the best qualities Justin Vernon is able to employ in his role as Bon Iver. Many songs have this similar element and feeling to it, but “Holocene,” off his brilliant second album, stands out among his best. His passionate, soft spoken voice is able to bring all the pain and honesty through with little effort, but the song just get’s better as it progresses and more instruments show up to add layers. It’s a reminder of how much the song is beautiful thing, as also how everything has a purpose and a pace to it.
Deftones, Teenager, White Pony
Maybe the most unlike Deftones song ever, but it’s place in the flow of “White Pony” is brilliant and poignant. It’s a track full of internal struggle that slowly leaks out into the world, Chino’s voice is able to be gorgeous and patient, which is in certain contrast to the other side of him that can scream and howl with the best of the “metal community.” This song also works so well because it’s out of left field. Not to say much of this masterfully perfect album isn’t different than what came from them previously, but this track especially stands out.
Grizzly Bear, Sun In Your Eyes, Shields
Grizzly Bear is a band that been making progressively better records for awhile now, but with 2012’s “Shields” they man an album so worthy of accolade that I barely met anyone who didn't fall in love with its sounds. As the final glimpse into the world of “Shields,” “Sun In Your Eyes” is a triumph, and fits perfectly in the theme of a slow morning where you need purpose, but it might just be lacking. The vocals are verbose, especially for a band like GB that has shied away from that more often times than not, but it’s the music and it’s slow towering effect on the listener that really makes it a special track.
M83, You, Appearing, Saturdays = Youth
For me this song starts at night, and emerges more and more as blues and purples creep into the atmosphere. It’s a song full of hazy fog over a crowded forest, where the smell in the air is unlike anything you’ve ever been a part of. Texturally the song is gorgeous, and the why the vocals show themselves only help to add another layer to a perfect song for late nights that turn into inspiring mornings, in which love is all around us, and the promise of a fun day is ever present and faithful.
Thanks for reading, see you in the afternoon
Landon Murray is a published writer and an avid lover of music, books and films. He's also a lover of the New Orleans Saints. He was born in 1982 and has a chainsaw tattoo on his arm.
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