Good morning, you wonderful patron of our publication! You’ve gotten up, had your bath, eaten your breakfast, and are currently in your car/bus/train on your way to work. Everything is going swimmingly when you notice something. Your usual hour-long commute has become 30 minutes longer, and all you see ahead of you are endless rows of buses, trucks, and God knows what else. You start fretting about the time, but there seems to be no end to the mayhem. You want to scream or become a giant robot and step through the standstill. Fear not though, for we have created a playlist that shall soothe your fraying nerves due to the maddening gridlock.
Holy Ghost – Hold On
You’re about to start your usual commute to your workplace, and you’re anticipating that inevitable frustration due to those blinking brake lights facing you. Today will task your endurance throughout the day and you know the journey alone will sap half of it. Still, you want to prove you can get past it, so get this track ready to go before you start your much-maligned part of your day.
Art of Noise – Moments in Love
You’ve just emerged from the sardine can of a train carriage, and you’re stepping out of the station to be confronted with a sea of people going in different directions all at once. You’re being jostled to and fro, and some reckless proto-hipster exhaled tobacco smoke on your face. There’s no need to force-feed him his pack of cigarettes, because all you have to do is play this song in your headphones and let these maestros of avant-garde music propel you through the skating rink of serenity and calm.
Asgeir – Stardust
This song is a curious feature, from Icelandic singer-songwriter Asgeir. Stardust is from his second album Afterglow and is a track fit for those short meditative exercises in your car. With those graceful guitars, reassuring lyrics, and that charming video, this is sure to bring your troubles away in a sea of patience. Count on those Viking descendants to deliver an impeccable track with such passion.
The Cure – A Forest
Included in their sophomore album Seventeen Seconds, A Forest would be the best place to imagine yourself in rather than the concrete jungle you’re in. Robert Smith and his band may have been morose in the making of this song, but you can enjoy this song while waiting for those traffic lights to turn green. An exemplary work, considering this was released back in 1980.
Noble Oak – Walk on Me
It’s tempting to dismiss this track from Vancouver-based Noble Oak as simplistic, but that’s also where its beauty lies. It’s a refreshing track that blends electronic beats and effects with flowing melodies and subtle force. Just the track for that last leg of driving into the parking lot of your office after two hours stuck in traffic.