August marks the 5th month that the 9Lives team are working from home. As the self-acclaimed office DJ, `I really struggled enjoying music at the beginning of lockdown, because there was no one shouting a new song for me to play or counting down the days for the release of a new album from our favourite artists. Recently we turned to Discord and the “Hydra” function where we can join a channel, request songs and everyone on the channel can listen to the songs together – just like the normal days in the office. With that being said, many new songs from different genres and musicians played on repeat on the Discord channel, and I asked some of the 9Lives writers about their new favourite songs. Here follows some of those new songs that you can listen to on repeat while working from home:
Devendra Banhart – Vast Ovoid
It’s Sunday morning. The taste of last night’s packet of cigarettes lingers on my clothes and breath. A slight pounding headache is keeping me from my slumber and in the distance, I hear the gentle melodies of Devendra Banhart’s latest EP, Vast Ovoid, as I lay on a teal-coloured vintage couch in a mid-century-esc decorated house surrounded by a few musos in the heart of Cape Town. This is how I imagine I’d be listening to this EP for the first time had we not been on lockdown.
The album exudes a sense of disillusioned bliss and according to Banhart three of the songs on the EP are about the difference between disappointment and disillusion. “Lots more freedom in disillusion, lots more breathing space,” he says. In a statement, Banhart talks about the single “It’s Not Always Funny” and says “while writing this song I was thinking about over-consumption, a kind that goes beyond objects, and starts to pig out on emotions … it’s never kindness or joy is it?”
The EP is a follow-up to Banhart’s critically acclaimed 2019 studio album, Ma, and includes a remix of the Ma track Love Song, along with three songs from the session that are not on the album. The tracks included on the EP flow from being charmingly low-fi to including elements of fluttering instrumentals and electronic beats and bass, making it the perfect album to play on a mellow Sunday.
Bring Me The Horizon – Parasite Eve
When I first heard this song, I had many discussions about it with fellow BMTH fans, and there was a lot of back and forth from hardcore fans. “This is nothing like the BMTH that we have come to love”. Yes, I totally agree with that statement. But one afternoon when I went on my annual afternoon jog and Parasite Eve started playing, I really enjoyed it. I love this song because it’s not light-hearted pop. Parasite Eve is different from anything that BMTH has done, with its own sound and mood.
This is the soundtrack for a certain occasion and emotion. It addresses the dark side and processes the way we are living in this new “normal” because of the pandemic. Parasite Eve is brilliantly executed and produced, and is somewhat an anthem for anger. I don’t know about you but I definitely feel angry some days and metal will always pick me up.
So yes, I missed the pre ”That’s The Spirit” era, and luckily Bring Me The Horizon decided that 2020 is the year for aggression and overall good metal.
Ben Harper & Rhiannon Giddens – Black Eyed Dog
For a cover of Nick Drake’s 1974 Black Eyed Dog, Ben Harper joined hands with Rhiannon Giddens on banjo for a beautiful re-edition of the punchy American roots song. I’m obsessed with this song because of the brilliant harmonising apropos to the song.
On this track you experience the truly steel lap guitar from Ben Harper and Rhiannon playing both banjo viola while both contribute vocals.
Black Eyed Dog is an American roots folk song that needed to be carried on to the time that we live in. Ben Harper and Rhiannon Giddens gave the spirit to the son in their own individual ways.
Jackal & the Wind – Methuselah
Patchwork – Passenger
Net Geleen – Bernice West
Want to jam to more of our favourite songs, head on over to our Lumico Lockdown Living playlist here.
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