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Monsoon musings

Here's what you want on your iPod, recommends Luke Kenny.

music Updated: Jun 28, 2011 16:20 IST
Luke Kenny

So the first month of our supposed monsoon is almost over, and while there has been a bit of rain, it hasn’t been pouring like it should. I always wait for it to rain, so that I can play appropriate music that keeps me in the dark gloomy mood, but in a good way.

So let’s say I’m currently in transit, as in not driving or travelling. It’s daytime, and the best music to listen to is music from bands like Radiohead, Sigur Ros, Freelance Whales, Kraftwerk and plenty more.

Their music has a unique melancholia that is augmented by the weather outside. If it’s night time and I’m at the window watching it rain, then its gotta be Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Portishead, Bjork, Tom Waits, Sam Cooke and my current favourite, Adele. These voices are just the sublimest things you could ever hear, truly Heaven’s angels that touch our ears for a short while. It is really something else to have such an experience. And I’m lucky to have had such cognisance in this lifetime. I hope you do too…if I may say so.

Destroyed
Moby
EMI

This 10th studio album by electronica wizard Moby could very well be called ‘Music for Insomniacs’, seeing as Moby, an insomniac himself, recorded this album while on tour. He would be awake at odd hours in the night, working on this album. Depending on how sleepy you are, you might find it intensely sleep-inducing. Or if you are, as I said, an insomniac, then this is a masterpiece in electronic melancholia. Highly
recommended for
people with ADD or Alzheimer’s.

Suck It And See
Arctic Monkeys
Domino Records

For all those of you who thought their last album, Humbug was exactly that, you might change your tune here. The Arctic Monkeys are no stool pigeons, creating here an album of accessible content, which in understandable terms means a more populist outlook to songwriting. Considering that the album was recorded in multiple live takes and not layered or overdubbed, as is the norm these days. So here are the Arctic Monkeys with their most accessible work yet.

4
Beyonce
Sony Music

She is one of the greatest voices in pop music today, and regardless of the songwriting she will always be a powerhouse performer and merit a
genuine listening
audience. Beyonce wrote 72 songs from which, these 12 were selected. And some selection these songs are, she is a true child of inspiration and influence. Like all the great singers before her (you name them), she stands on the shoulders of those giants and speaks in a voice of her very own. Excellent production and arrangements dominate this one.

Happiness
Hurts
Sony Music

I love the fact that synthpop is making such a spirited comeback. It’s one of the most alluring sounds in pop music and requires a unique talent to be good at it. So in come two British (always) younglings, Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson, to set in motion a wave of dreamscapes that generate a levitated state of mind. Most of you might be familiar with the global hit, ‘Wonderful Life...’ In fact, it’s quite a staple on Fashion TV in case you might want to catch it. But over and above that, this is a superb album to groove to.