New (to me): "Sickbay," by Loscil In my old age of 25 I've mellowed out some recently and have gotten into more minimalist electronica. Brian Eno's music (along with Boards of Canada) were favorites of mine in high school, so my recent discovery of Loscil brings me back to my teenage years but in a much cleaner, clearer way. "Sickbay" is the perfect antidote to the texture-rich heavy electronica music (Pretty Lights, Hybrid, etc.) that normally dominates my playlists. Although Loscil's music has been around since the mid-2000s it's new to me. Lately I've been coming home from a long day of street-style hunting and throwing Loscil on the speakers. Old: "EHM," by STS9 (pictured) The first time I ever heard "EHM" was live at STS9¿s Rothbury 2008 performance. I remember being completely blown away by how the band moved seamlessly between ethereal sounds and the harder bass drops. It made me feel like I was floating underwater, and then all of sudden the song drops and the vibe changes into something much darker and sinister. I love music that plays with the audience's emotions and expectations of what a song should sound like, and STS9 never fails at creating music that takes listeners on a journey. Whenever possible I prefer to listen to soundboards over studio recordings. Luckily a close friend of mine is deeply immersed in the scene and was able to locate this recording. Favorites song to street-style hunt to: "Monday - Paracetamol," by Ulrich Schnauss "Monday - Paracetamol" is my all-time favorite song because not only do I love how it's ethereal and powerful in an otherworldly way, but this song got me through a harrowing time in my life when I had appendicitis. "Monday - Paracetamol" somehow captures in sound what it feels like to wake up in the morning, like the beginning of a new world. My favorite music transports me to another state of consciousness. Also, similar to EHM by STS9, this song has strong crescendos. A little known fact about me is that I am a classical pianist with eight years of training. My favorite songs to play were always ones with strong crescendos, so that preference comes through in the music I like to listen to as well. Amy Creyer is the brains and photographer behind the fashion blog chicagostreetstyle.com.
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