The Score Magazine - Archive April 2017 - Page 25

Shillong and the North East Considering this region to have one of the best music scenes in India, we’ve got artists that have relatively more complex vibes and intricate musicality. Hiatus Kaiyote’s jazz funk and blended technicalities take you beyond just easy listening, into the depths of the land and the sounds that go with it. Weather Report for the old school listeners, and probably dabble in Animals As Leaders, August Burns Red and Bring Me The Horizon for the more energetic youngsters. Your quintessential post rock staples of God Is An Astronaut, Explosions In The Sky, Mogwai and Tycho just sum up the vibes in this region. Must haves on your playlist: • • • • • Hoppipola by Sigur Ros The Brain Dance by Animals As Leaders Fragile by God Is An Astronaut Nakamarra by Haitus Kaiyote Drown by Bring Me The Horizon The Western Coastline Beaches and rocky coasts have always had a correlation with lazy afternoons and bright, fuzzy mornings. Whether it’s wasting away hours in a hammock or taking long walks under a merciful Sun, the warm colours of the west coast speak a language of their own. Angus and Julia Stone match this warmth almost absolutely, and so do a handful of indie folk bands. The Lumineers and Hey Marseilles make for a heavy influence, and The Decemberists ironically create the most summer-like vibe of any band ever. Phillip Phillips, Switchfoot and Avalanche City are the best pick-me-ups, and probably the most influential coastline playlist would be dominated by pretty much every single one of Kodaline’s songs. Fundamentals in your playlist: • All I Want, Talk and Love Like This by Kodaline • A Beginning Song by The Decemberists • Saltwater Heart, Love Alone Is Worth The Fight by Switchfoot • Gone, Gone, Gone by Phillip Phillips • Ho Hey by The Lumineers • Yellow Brick Road by Angus and Julia Stone • Swells by Wylder with their mellow yet happy and calm yet dynamic compositions. Cool colours reflected by bands like Snow Patrol are essential and if you think you’ve had enough of calm and need some energy, there’s always Intervals, Tesseract and Mutemath. A host of single artists or random tracks made their way into our playlists, so we thought we’d share those as well. Here’s the aggregate: • Slow and Steady, Mountain Song and Dirty Paws by Of Monsters and Men • Follow The Sun by Caroline Pennell • Halcyon by Paper Kites • Technicolour Beat, Heart Hope and Drive by Oh Wonder • Breathe by Anna Nalick • Lazarus by Porcupine Tree • Plans by Birds of Tokyo • All About Us by He Is We • Solitary Shell by Dream Theater • Libra by Intervals • April by Tesseract • If There’s A Rocket Tie Me To It, by Snow Patrol Rajasthan, Rann of Kutch and Royal Palaces Bringing history alive in the land of kings and royalty, the desert is more than just a pretty tourist attraction. Keeping up with the centuries of stories and themes of the land, your playlist has got to have some exotic and hopeful tracks that colour your visits just as vividly as the region’s inherent fantasies. Probably the perfect correlation with Rajasthan would be the Gypsy Revolution and the styles of music that go with it, since all of these movements originated right there. If you’re looking for a more flavorful touch or feel wildly adventurous, you could couple Godsmack’s Sully Erna and the dark yet sublime Opeth with traditional sounds that bring you home like Shakti and Parikrama. If these dimensions aren’t enough, you could experiment with combinations of Enigma, Kings of Leon, Muse and of course, U2. A not-so-comprehensive list would be: Ooty, Hampi and the southern retreats People looking for a blend between lush nature and the calm of solace always seek the sites of the south. The songs to accompany you in these lands must reflect that musical quiet, and the happiness that it invokes. Oh Wonder and Of Monsters and Men are perfect fits, • • • • • • • • Finding The Way by Shakti Atonement by Opeth Avalon, Sinner’s Prayer by Sully Erna Return To Innocence by Enigma Where The Streets Have No Name by U2 United States of Eurasia by Muse I Believe by Agnee, Parikrama and Shilpa Rao The Sound of Muzak by Porcupine Tree The Score Magazine 23