a playlist for the nymphs, elves, fairies, creatures, and spirits of the forest
alt-j warm foothills // alt-j hunger of the pine // monsters of folk ahead of the curve // junosoundtrack tree hugger // the beatles in my life // cat power free // the decemberists don’t carry it all // the killers bones // the killers the river is wild // gorillaz to binge // MGMT of moons, birds & monsters // of monsters and men dirty paws // of monsters and men mountain sound // dusted all comes down // John Denver take me home, country roads // beach boys sloop john b // Edward Sharpe and the magnetic zeros home // twenty one pilots trees
25 inexplicably happy songs for a road trip, late-night cruising, dancing in your PJ’s, etc etc.
san francisco- the mowgli’s // weekend- neon trees // electric love- børns // dreaming- smallpools // tongue tied- grouplove // drive by- train // radioactive- marina & the diamonds // tear in my heart- twenty one pilots // sun- two door cinema club // escape (the piña colada song)- rupert holmes // different colors- walk the moon // super love- dami im // oceans- coasts // safe and sound- capital cities // we come running- youngblood hawke // thunderstruck- owl city // tokyo (vampires & wolves)- the wombats // the sound- the 1975 // i wanna get better- bleachers // mountain sound- of monsters and men // kick drum heart- the avett brothers // sing- ed sheeran // i know what you did last summer- shawn mendes & camila cabello // adventure of a lifetime- coldplay // take a walk- passion pit // cake by the ocean- dnce // text me in the morning- neon trees // boom clap- charli xcx // collar full- panic! at the disco // come and get your love- redbone // closer- the chainsmokers // kamikaze- mø // how to be a heartbreaker- marina & the diamonds // flaws- bastille // infinitesimal- mother mother
i. Lakshmi opens a casino resort in Macau, builds it higher
than the moon and covers it in gold disguised
as glass and steel and polished wood:
things that whisper ‘wealth’ in quiet tones. She plays the game
better than ever; her worshippers number the thousands,
praying nightly at altars of slot machines and roulette wheels,
all of them chanting her name,
the threads of their fortunes sliding through
her hands like the red watered silk she wears.
Vishnu stands to her left and lets his touch linger at her waist,
plays with the lotus in her hair;
she thinks she’ll let him catch her this life, and smiles.
ii. Ganesh writes code in San Francisco,
wears elephant shirts to work,
spends his money collecting what passes for modern art—
mostly Cubism and Andy Warhol, though he has a few framed
photographs of tasteful nudes, and of course he can never
resist stealing statues of himself from West Coast art museums—
but only the ones that were stolen first (which is most of them).
He writes letters to his father on Fridays,
talks with his mother on the phone every night,
and lets his brother sleep on his couch, still high on adrenaline
and likely sporting a black eye or broken jaw.
They don’t really talk, but Skanda ruffles his hair as he walks past,
and Ganesh rolls his eyes.
Some things will never change.
iii. Sarasvati sings on street corners, writes poetry for strangers,
trades thoughts for coins and coins for thoughts,
spends all her evenings performing on half-lit stages
and half her nights talking of art, history, philosophy—she
giggles until she snorts when most of her audience
thinks she’s spinning lies. That’s not how it happened, they say.
Of course it was, is her reply. I was there.
I am always there.
iv. Brahma teaches at a local university and thinks,
I am too old for this.
But he writes books anyways, corrects dissertations,
delivers lectures in a smooth, modulated voice,
looks awkwardly away when his students come to office hours to flirt,
ignores Vishnu when his friend shows up beneath his window,
serenading him with a wine-tinged voice (still fresh and sweet
despite the centuries).
Come on! he shouts ‘til he’s blue in the face. Live a little!
You are spending too much time with Shiva, Brahma answers,
still prim and proper after all these years.
But he leaves his door unlocked, doesn’t say a word
when his wife comes home smelling like smoke and
half-forgotten secrets, her eyes bright with new knowledge.
Guess what I learned tonight? she says, and shows him,
and he thinks he’s living quite a lot, thank you very much.
v. Ganga swims the English Channel,
floats in the Dead Sea,
takes a barrel down Niagara Falls,
smuggles contraband on the Nile,
spends a year, then two, then twenty in the Amazon.
She enters the Olympics once—water polo, not swimming, does
she look like a bitch to you ? (Nobody asked you, Parvati.)
Her teams wins a bronze medal, and she goes home and tosses
it in her river, watches it sink as she tongues the new gap in her mouth,
wonders if her sons have been born again,
wonders if they need their mother to drown them.
vi. Kali dances ‘til the soles of her feet blister, 'til her toes ooze
blood like carmine paint, macabre patterns forming
on her soul-black skin.
She dances in crowded clubs, chin tilted up,
eyes wide open, screaming, screaming.
She gets up in the morning, hunts down men-turned-monsters,
mouth grinning, screaming, screaming.
Her teeth are stained red (like her hands, her feet).
She is always hungry.
vii. When strangers come to her temple and ask her how
she finds the modern world,
Devi throws her head back and laughs and laughs
until she can laugh no more—the sound of it a monsoon,
the sound of it a cracking of mountains.
“The world has always been modern,” she says, smiling.
(do not say she smiles like a tigress; the tigress smiles like her)
“How do I find it? Simple. I keep my eyes open, and there it is,
mine for the making.”
So I mentioned I think a few Rogues can sing really well but never defined exactly what they sound like. So I decided I’d make this little post with Rogues who can sing and what they sound like, and I will put in in terms of name, the artist/band that their voice is closest to, and two examples. The only exception is with Jervis and Mary Dahl because their voices are two of the leads in the same band, and so I’ll be adding four examples.
a mix for staring at the stars and wondering about our place in the universe… for all those yearning for something more than what this earth can give us.
how i leapt from the stratosphere - mountains of the moon // cecelia and the satellite - andrew mcmahon in the wilderness // midnight moon - oh wonder // stardust - new politics // mountain sound - of monsters and men // oblivion - bastille // half the world away - aurora // clouds - borns // heaven - troye sivan // arcadia - the kite string tangle // cosmic love - florence + the machine // tant que j’ai le soleil - mika // ends of the earth - lord huron // young god - halsey
past lives couldn’t ever hold me down / lost love is sweeter when it’s finally found / i’ve got the strangest feeling / this isn’t our first time around
01. the call - regina spektor // 02. king and lionheart - of monsters and men // 03. samson - regina spektor // 04. forget - marina & the diamonds // 05. pompeii - bastille // 06. once upon a december - anastasia soundtrack // 07. where we came from - phillip phillips // 08. mountain sound - of monsters and men // 09. fixin’ - walk the moon // 10. journey to the past - anastasia soundtrack // 11. things we lost in the fire - bastille // 12. the humbling river - puscifer // 13. who are you really? - mikky ekko // 14. oh no! - marina & the diamonds // 15. centuries - fall out boy // 16. million years ago - adele // 17. my immortal - evanescence // 18. venus - sleeping at last // 19. all the stars - sleeping at last // 20. change - poets of the fall // 21. i’m not your hero - tegan and sara // 22. warrior remix - beth crowley // 23. past lives - børns // 24. skin and bones - beth crowley // 25. warriors - imagine dragons // 26. brother - lord huron // 27. trees (hallway of leaves) - sleeping at last.
i. oblivion - bastille | ii. cherry wine - hozier | iii. i will follow you into the dark - death cab for cutie | vi. wildest dreams - taylor swift | v. give me love - ed sheeran | vi. no angels - bastille | vii. promise - ben howard | viii. sparks - coldplay | ix. mountain sound - of monsters and men | x. laughter lines - bastille | xi. you & i - one direction | xii. strawberry swing - frank ocean | xii. king and lionheart - of monsters and men | xiv. from eden - hozier | xv. safe and sound - taylor swift ft. the civil wars | xvi. youth - daughter | xvii. cough syrup - young the giant | xviii. skinny love - ed sheeran
Come With Me Now-Kongos // Promise-Eve 6 // Less Talk More Rokk-Freezepop
// Attitude-Alien Ant Farm // Ain’t It Fun-Paramore // Don’t Ask Me-OK Go // Don’t-Ed
Sheeran // Gun-CHVRCHES // Lights Out-Mindless Self Indulgence // Mr.
Knowitall-Primus // Oh No!-Marina & The Diamonds // Hum Hallelujah-Fall Out
Boy // So What-P!nk // I’m So Sorry-Imagine Dragons // Make Yourself-Incubus //
Sofi Needs A Ladder-Deadmau5 // My Name Is Mud-Primus // Bulletproof-La Roux //
Get Over It-OK Go // Set It Off-P.O.D. // Q.U.E.E.N-Janelle Monae ft. Erykah
Badu // Hey Mama (feat. Nicki Minaj & Afrojack)-David Guetta // Tymps (The
Sick In The Head Song)-Fiona Apple // Paralyzer-Finger Eleven // We Will Rock
Am I Wrong?-Nico & Vinz // Young Volcanoes-Fall Out Boy // Uptown Funk
(feat. Bruno Mars)-Mark Ronson // Alive-P.O.D. // Freaks-The Hawk In Paris //
You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid-The Offspring // I’d Love to Change the World
(Matstubs Remix)-Jetta // Polarize-Twenty One Pilots // Temperamental-RJD2
Feat. Phonte Coleman // Pardon Me-Incubus // Outside-Calvin Harris Feat. Ellie
Goulding // Fourth Of July-Fall Out Boy // Fire-Pvris // My Demons-Starset //
There’s A Good Reason These Tables Are Numbered Honey, You Just Haven’t Thought
Of It Yet-Panic! At The Disco // Gold-Imagine Dragons // Car Radio-Twenty One Pilots
// Touched-Vast // Killin’ It-Krewella // Bubblegum Bitch vs. I Write Sins Not
Tragedies-Marina & the Diamons/ Panic at the disco // Key Entity Extraction
V: Sentry the Defiant-Coheed and Cambria // Gasoline-Halsey // Embrace the Sun-ThouShaltNot
// Running with the Wolves-AURORA // Arsonist’s Lullabye-Hozier
Wake Me Up-Avicii // Mountain Sound-Of Monsters And Men //
The Moss-Cosmo Sheldrake // Boomerang-Plain White T’s // Wonderlust King-Gogol
Bordello // Rather Be-Clean Bandit // Secrets-OneRepublic // Flaws (acoustic)-Bastille
// Where the Wild Things Are-Patrick Watson // Runaway-AURORA // Atlas Hands-Benjamin
Francis Lefwich // I’m Yours-Jason Mraz // Daylight-Matt & Kim // Amber-311
// The Middle-Jimmy Eat World // The Cave Mumford & Sons // Feel Good Inc.
(cover)-Celia Pavey // Such Great Heights-The Postal Service // Conquest Of
Spaces-Woodkid // Write It On Your Skin-Newton Faulkner // Feeling Good-Michael
Bublé // It’s Time-Imagine Dragons // We Could Have Flown Like Pollen-ThouShaltNot
// Young Hearts-Strange Talk // Northern Wind-City And Colour
Waves (Robin Schulz Remix)-Mr Probz // Wild Things-Alessia
Cara // Sing When No One’s Around-The Reign of Kindo // Rabbit Heart (Raise It
Up)-Florence & The Machine // Make a Change (feat. Zella Day)-Nahko and
Medicine for the People // Jet Pack Blues-Fall Out Boy // All We Are-OneRepublic
// Big Dark Love-Murder By Death // Drive-Incubus // Riverside-Agnes Obel // Endless
Dream-God Is An Astronaut // Riptide-Vance Joy // Dancing On Quicksand-Bad Suns
// Fix This-The Colourist // Afire Love-Ed Sheeran // Kiss From A Rose-Seal // Rolling
in the deep-Adele // They-Jem // Cough Syrup-Young The Giant // Salt-Bad Suns
// Pinch Me-Barenaked Ladies // From Eden-Hozier // Great Blue Sea-The Reign of
Kindo // Canvas-Imogen Heap // Little Talks-Of Monsters And Men
If you enjoy these check out some of my other playlist [here]
I do take request as well, feel free to message me an idea!
songs i ran away to another hemisphere with / a travel soundtrack
// 1. Big Jet Plane - Angus & Julia Stone // 2. To The Ends of the Earth - Lord Huron // 3. Step Out - José González // 4. Keep Your Head Up - Ben Howard // 5. Zimbabwe - New Navy // 6. Beach - San Cisco // 7. Mountain Sound - Of Monsters and Men // 8. Brand New Day - Kodaline // 9. Tongue Tied - Grouplove // 10. Pumpin’ Blood - NONONO // 11. Wings - Birdy // 12. Think of England - Bear’s Den // 13. This City Never Sleeps - Jason Walker // 14. England - The National //