Each one of us is a complicated creature, all of which find it more than frustrating when you can’t find songs to fit your current mood. Though places like Spotify offer playlists based on particular moods they are all very general, meanwhile many artists spend years perfecting a sound that focuses on a very particular aspect of our emotion. Your regular rotation of tracks may not always cut it when it comes to reflecting your feelings in audio, but that is where these artists come in. All firmly footed in their selected genres, these musicians will help supplement your current cerebral chemical combination.
Greif – Sun Kil Moon
Known for creating songs of pure sadness in previous bands, Mark Kozelek continues his legacy in Sun Kil Moon. Some of the most depressive songs ever written lurk in the albums he has formed here, not just general sad songs but intimate and personal experiences pulled from his own life and exposed to listeners. His 2014 album Benji begins with a retelling of how his cousin died and as the songs continue, they don’t get any brighter, in fact tragedy comes in droves. If you want to cry it out, put this on your headphones and bring a towel.
Rebellion – Serj Tankian
The previous vocalist of metal group System Of A Down has not stopped in his quest to bring thought provoking, politically charged sounds to anyone who cares to listen. With the focus of his anger aimed at everything from the American military, groupthink and even reality TV you can be sure that your blood pressure will rise as he illustrates the injustices of the world one operatic tone at a time. If you want change and are ready to jump aboard the counterculture use this as your fuel.
Gratitude – Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
Although you may not be able to understand or even read many of the titles and lyrics to her very Japanese songs, the magic of miss Pamyu’s music is that the powerfully optimistic nature of it surpasses language. This full-frontal assault of unadulterated bubble-gum J-pop is so incredibly happy that it may be painful to those not in the mood. You’ll be glad to know that most of the time she is simply singing about little dogs or cherry bonbons with the same unrelenting delight you won’t be able to get out of your head for weeks. Use this to celebrate any occasion big or small, or to put you in an even better mood, but be warned every track is frightfully infectious.
Optimism – Emancipator
With a well of tracks under his belt, the ambient electronic sounds of Emancipator are forever uplifting. With the gorgeously rich backdrops created by sounds of nature and soft electronic pads the music here takes you to a safe place where you can relax, meanwhile the hip hop drums that fall into place help to pick you up. Beautiful melodies write in and out constantly creating an organic feel that anyone can easily embrace. Put this music one to help you make big and small life decisions or simply to start your day in the right mindset.