For our feature Nice Playlist, Brah, we ask some of our favorite musicians to make a themed Spotify playlist for us. You know, Songs to Make-out To, The Worst Bands I Have Ever Heard, Songs Your Mom Would Like, we just ask them to be creative, and then we post them to The Ardent Music Blog and share them with you. When you’re looking for a good Spotify playlist, now you know where to look. This week we invited Guy Capecelatro III to put one together for us. Guy Capecelatro III has over a dozen albums to his credit and quite a bit of work with other artists. We invite you to take listen to the Spotify playlist while you read why the musician included each song. Enjoy!
Given that my new album’s titled North for the Winter, I thought it would be fun to make a Spotify playlist of some of my favorite sad, wintery songs.
1. Carissa’s Weird “September Come Take This Heart Away”
Carissa’s Weird was a modern-day, indie-rock super-group like Cream or Journey but not like that at all. After disbanding the members went on to do their own thing as Band of Horses, S, Sera Cahoone and Grand Archives, but none of that will capture the raw, emotional beauty of their former incarnation. This song perfectly illustrates pining and loss and coldness.
Noteworthy line: “I hope that nothing will ever remind me of you.”
2. Julie Doiron “The Longest Winter”
Former Eric’s Trip member, Julie Doiron, has one of those voices you just want to crawl inside and take a nap. She’s made a bunch of records filled with songs that tug your heart from its cage, but this one has a particular resonance.
Noteworthy line: “There aren’t enough blankets without you here.”
3. Pedro the Lion “The Longest Winter”
This Longest Winter is a different Longest Winter than the previous one. It seems Winter can get long. Bazan’s craggy vocals perfectly capture some sad longing here.
Noteworthy line: “Will you spend your whole life in a studio apartment with a cat for a wife.”
4. Malcolm Middleton “Cold Winter”
Hailing from the incredible dirty and cynical Arab Strap, Middleton carries on with more dour diatribes that are impossibly compelling. He always leads us down untrodden roads with brilliant results.
Noteworthy line: “How am I supposed to unmake the world’s biggest mistake.”
5. Damien Jurado “December”
Jurado makes fully realized little movies in each of his songs; the specifics of his lyrics draw you in to each scene and sticks with you. He’s one of our generation’s best songwriters.
Noteworthy line: “December you killed a man trapped in his car for hours.”
6. Bright Eyes “If Winter Ends”
I’ve fallen away from his recent stuff but Conor Oberst’s early albums still ring true to my ears. He’s got an unwieldy, wordy way and this song encapsulates the pangs of youth and yearning with such bravado.
Noteworthy line: “I scream for the sunlight or a car to take me anywhere just get me past this dead and eternal snow.”
7. Engine Kid “Cabin Fever”
These guys clearly came out of the Slint camp though they bring their own particular stamp to the quiet, loud roller coaster ride. The haunting, harrowing delivery of the lyrics sparkle against the dynamic backdrop they create.
Noteworthy line: “It’s heated here but I’m frozen stiff.”
Guy Capecelatro III is an enigmatic musician, a prolific singer and songwriter who tends to shun the spotlight, despite his contributions to an ongoing list of bands that includes Unbunny, Two Ton Santa, Beekeeper, and The Buckets. He also has more than a dozen solo efforts to his name, albums that include everything from country to metal, murder ballads to found sound. You can stream his new album North for the Winter on Spinner.
Check out all of our Spotify playlists on The Ardent Music Blog! Thanks to Guy Capecelatro III for contributing!