This year, the country is experiencing a brutally cold winter – especially our home city of Minneapolis. The past months have been spent hibernating – writing songs, watching hockey, and drinking to forget the intolerable cold. With our abundance of extra time stuck inside, we’ve compiled a playlist that embodies our 2014 so far – the year of the polar vortex.
1. Bon Iver – Beach Baby
Contrary to its title, this song is a winter jam through and through. Bon Iver’s origin story of recording his debut LP in a Midwest cabin only adds to the wintery feel.
2. Youth Lagoon – Afternoon
With the bouncy keyboard intro paired with jovial whistling, it is almost impossible not to envision a workshop of elves workin’ it to this tune. The lyrics also reference an afternoon spent indoors.
3. Wild Nothing – Counting Days
Although the song seems to be bursting with summertime sun, the lyrics paint a different picture; one where “it’s cold in your bed, and these flowers have long been dead”.
4. Elliott Smith – Angel in the Snow
A short, sweet ballad from a cult-hero. This track speaks for itself.
5. Mutual Benefit – Let’s Play/ Statue of a Man
While not necessarily winter-specific, the song describes trains, fields, and mining towns – all familiar images to residents of the frozen Midwest.
6. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – In This Home On Ice
Off of their stellar debut; this ballad boasts beautiful lyrics highlighting the isolation of winter– such as “shed your rattlesnake skin and become a part of society”.
7. Villagers – Nothing Arrived
A lyrical gem off of the Dublin-based musician’s second LP, Nothing Arrived focuses on the dark side of waiting for and expecting nothing (in our case, Spring).
8. The Drums – In The Cold
Whether the cold be physical or emotional – sometimes it can be equally painful. It was -15F last week. Ouch.
9. The World is a Beautiful Place and I am no Longer Afraid to Die – Picture of a Tree that Doesn’t Look Okay
A song of longing and questioning in many ways – including “while the weathers getting worse, we take shelter in these walls again.”
10. The Tallest Man on Earth – There’s No Leaving Now
Perhaps a sentiment felt by all this frigid season – this song deals with the desire to pick up and leave wherever you are behind, to only realize it’s not quite so easy.
Graveyard Club is a Minneapolis based indie band that uses synthesizers with broken keys and missing knobs that they gather from local thrift shops. Intrigued? You should be. Check out the band and purchase a CD or buy concert tickets here.