Lettres: A November Mixtape

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Daylight savings has come and gone, pushing us closer to the impending winter, and it’s been a month or so since I’ve posted what I listen to at night. What differentiates these tracks is they include listening recommendations from artists I already listen to. They make mixtapes of their own on Soundcloud or Spotify, introducing me to things I haven’t considered before.

There’s something cynical and romantic going on with these songs playing one after the other. Maybe the right way to put is a “funny melancholy,” which is summed up by the image above. It’s from Super Furry Animals’ video for “Run-Away,” directed by Richard Ayoade and starring Matt Berry.

Sure, it’s an obvious homage to Serge Gainsbourg’s Histoire de Melody Nelson (1971), but it’s also a joke easy to miss.

I couldn’t think of a better visual representation for this mix.

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1) The Bulgarian State Radio and Television Female Vocal Choir – “Kalimankou Denkou” (from Le Mystère Des Voix Bulgares, 1975)
2) White Horse – “Moses (White Horse Mix)” (from Moses, 2010)
3) James Nee – “Shoulders” (self-released, 2014)
4) Hank Williams – “Ramblin’ Man” (from 24 Of Hank Williams’ Greatest Hits, 1976)
5) Colleen – “Geometría Del Universo” (from The Weighing Of The Heart, 2013)
6) Thom Yorke – “Truth Ray” (from Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, 2014)
7) The Moody Blues – “Nights In White Satin” (from Days Of Future Passed, 1967)
8) Chelsea Wolfe – “Boyfriend” (from Folkadelphia Session, 2014)
9) Palms – “New Moon” (from It’s Midnight In Honolulu, 2008)

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