As a daily commuter I have about two hours of meditative contemplation each day. This is more or less the time I have to listen to music daily and I see the albums that make it to this play list as some kind of soft music hall of fame of my own. In short, they are special to me. The latest add to my commuting play list is Nicolai Dunger – Ballad of This Land. A master piece in many ways. All the way through it has a nice choosy sound that highlights Nicolai’s great voice which he uses in many ways throughout the album. Actually the album is a good demonstration in singing technique. I think what I like most about Ballad of This Land is that Nicolai doesn’t complicate things. The melodies are genuine and bravely simple so it feels strange that noone has invented them already. Ok, they remind me of things I’ve heard before but maybe that’s the good thing because I get associations to nice things. For example children TV programs from my childhood Sara Isaksson delivers a very nice complementing voice here and there. For example in Lost in Freedom which is an awesome work.
Here follows a list of some other artists that have qualified to my commuter play list lately, old as new, famous as not that famous: Innocence Mission, Don Peris, White Birch, Jason Molina, Loney Dear, Alela Diane, Fleet Foxes, Josh Tillman, Anna Ternheim, Bon Iver, Meadows Ever Bleeding, Britta Persson, Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, Death Cab for Cutie, Denison Witmer, Laura Veirs, Midlake, Neil Halstead, Sade, Norah Jones, Zebastian and the Sun, Camel, Ulver and Merit Hemmingson.
And of course they’re all on Spotify which is my source of listening.
Peace & Love