This week, we’re featuring heartbreaking songs circling around the theme of death, strong psychedelic vibes and orchestral-pop.
Sun Kil Moon‘s Benji is centred around the heavy, yet necessary themes of death and friendship. It is a beautiful, haunting and heart-breaking album, that will surely become the soundtrack to your bluesy winter days. The last track, “Ben’s My Friend”, is about a particular friend of his, Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) and discusses the complications that occur in a friendship where one is more successful than the other. The album features many guest appearances, with contributions from Sonic Youth‘s Steve Shelley, Jen Wood, Will Oldham (Bonnie Prince Billy), and Owen Ashworth.
With psychedelic rock on the rise, Temples‘ Sun Structures is a great addition to listen to alongside recent show-stopping bands such as Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Tame Impala. Temples have concocted a clean 60’s psychedelic throwback sound, built on perfect keyboard and guitar effects with a hint of Egyptian flavour.
London-based Fanfarlo are back with their third release, ‘Let’s Go Extinct’. This time around, Fanfarlo have decided to make a concept album that focuses on the theory of evolution, the nature of being a person and how we interact with each other. They’ve incorporated a myriad of brass instruments and orchestral arrangements, aiming for a bigger sound on this record.