As the rain begins settling in for Portland, my taste in music starts turning toward the moodier and more darkly emphatic tunes out there. Black Mountain, Kurt Vile, Blitzen Trapper: it’s this kind of expressive stuff that accessorizes the grey, and often melancholic, clouds for me the best.
In fact, I mostly cherish this drizzly season, and harbor very little hatred or aversion to it, because it seems art is that much more beautiful under these conditions. Especially music – while the gloomy atmosphere may bring your spirits down, the solution is almost always somewhere in your favorite record.
And the songs this week are definitely from a few of mine. I appreciate the artists above for the way they selectively pepper meaning into their work, and back it with compelling and powerful music. It leaves me with appropriate weaponry in battling the wintertime blues.