In my previous Moody Music post (link), I picked out ten albums that represent some of the most powerful downer music that I put through my cans. Some of the feedback I got, such as that by the list-crazy KONKI folk suggested that I had missed out some well-mentionable individual tracks. True enough, there are certain one-off tracks that don’t necessarily represent the mood of an entire album, but stand out as significantly moving downer tracks. Once again, I can’t please everyone with my choice of tracks as I’m going to limit myself to ten once more. This time, the order is not significant, as I would hate to rank one track over another. Hope you enjoy some of these tunes!
Check out the list on spotify or have a look at the youtube clips below:
Under Electric Light – PJ Harvey
The best example of a moody track available. Ticks all the boxes.
Innocent Son – Fleet Foxes
Embarrassing to admit but tears came to my eyes the first few times I heard this track.
Nocturne No. 1 in B Flat Minor – Frederic Chopin
All of Chopin’s Nocturnes are remarkable, but this is probably the most quintessential.
Crow Jane – Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Moody classic! Note: the Murder Ballads album on which this features is not to be put on in the presence of respectable guests or during a ‘romantic moment’. Worth listening to on headphones or alone and you’ll see what I mean.
Gnossienne No. 1 – Erik Satie
More classical. Satie was a genius of the understated.
Hermaphrodite – Jam & Spoon
This one is probably new on most people, basically because it’s one of those outstanding tracks, that simply sucked into the black hole of anonymity that was the world before wikipedia. This was probably the track that got me into making electronic music.
In A Heartbeat – John Murphy
You’ve probably heard this one many times. It came to people’s attention as a stunning atmosphere building piece in the opening scenes of Danny Boyle’s ’28 Days Later’.
Bullet The Blue Sky – U2
I can’t say I’m a huge admirer of U2 nowadays, but twenty years ago, I was easily impressed by this tune, which still stands out as moody pile-driver.
Bavarian Fruit Bread – Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions
Pure, simple, bleak, amazing…
Jóga – Björk
J-Wol would never forgive me if I didn’t throw in a tune by the Icelandic one.
There are way too many other tracks to look at. I’ve totally missed out Sigor Ros, Biosphere, Meredith Monk and many others.
This moody theme needs a lot more exploration!
Bonus Track: Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me – The Smiths
How could I forget this one????