By: Staff –
To celebrate the upcoming release of The Wilderness of Manitoba’s upcoming album, Farewell To Cathedral, out October 29th, the Toronto-based folk-rock band curated a brand new Spotify playlist with each band member choosing songs that inspired them while creating the new LP.
Tavo Diaz de Bonilla
Colin Blunstone – “Misty Roses”
I love The Zombies but One Year is the album that really made me appreciate Colin Blunstone as a vocalist. It is a truly gorgeous record and if I had to sell it to someone on one song alone it would be with “Misty Roses”.
Sloan – “Before I Do”
What I’ve always loved about bands with multiple songwriter is that the healthy competition between members yields great songs and even better collaborations.
Smog – “I Feel Like The Mother Of The World”
Such a great opening lyric. Awesome vocal delivery. My only complaint about this song is that it might be too good.
Kadhja Bonet – “Honeycomb”
I’m a sucker for this kind of arrangement and this type of bass playing is right up my alley. Just a really cool track.
Maple Glider – “Friend”
This song says all of the right things about a wrong situation. Brilliant songwriting and a melancholic, weaving melody about the duality between friends.
Skullcrusher – “Farm”
Part Joni Mitchell and part something entirely different, this song caught me completely and thankfully off guard.
Dusted – “They Don’t Know You”
Equal parts haunting and sexy, Brian Borcherdt has given us an atmospheric, vibey masterpiece with a Lynchian backdrop aurally speaking. Love this one.
Innocence Mission – “Green Bus”
One of my goals in my own songwriting is to catch the feeling of a specific moment. This band does that on the regular. Lyrically this song is also a lifeline.
Charlotte Day Wilson – “Falling Apart”
Aside from repping toronto like a boss, CDW makes complex chords seem like child play, as well as self producing – which in a male driven industry is cool as hell. This one gives me goosebumps.
Laura Marling – “Daisy”
Laura Marling seems to take everything I love about English folk and weave together all the best parts. A little Bert Jansch, Davey Graham, even a little bit of Nick Drake. I love this one in particular just because it’s so hard to sing and play at the same time.
Lhasa de Sela – “Con Toda Palabra”
Hands down one of the sexiest songs. Reminds me to get back on my game every time I start doubting the creative process. Her story was cut short too soon, and the few albums we have all the more precious.
Little Feat – “Fool Yourself”
Despite seeing them open for the Allmans Brothers at my first arena rock show back in 1992, it took the resulting isolation of this past year’s unpleasantness to truly open my eyes to the soulful genius of Lowell George and Little Feat. To me, this sounds like the only song The Band likely wish they wrote.
Keith Jarrett – “Common Mama”
While the sprawling piano improvisations of The Koln and Sun Bear concerts hold permanent spots on my top 5 desert island discs list, 1972’s Expectations see’s Jarrett exploring full band, groove based tunes. “Common Mamma” is the most percussion heavy, with cowbells, shakers and tambourines. Despite leaving a lot of space to feature his bandmates, Jarrett is no less a wellspring of melodic and rhythmic ideas. Every musician should have this guy on their radar, regardless of their instrument.
Carla Bley – “Lawns”
Perhaps the most beautifully restrained, instrumental ‘love’ songs I’ve ever heard. It’s like the sound of everything Billy Preston’s “You Are So Beautiful” wishes it could’ve said.
Joni Mitchell – “Amelia”
It’s impossible to pick one track that sums up what a renegade Joni was when it came to harmony, and arrangement. That said, “Amelia” does a pretty good job with its alternate tuning, and non-traditional chord movements – a reminder to throw rules and expectations out the window when trying to find your own voice.
Claude Debussy – “Clair de Lune”
The closest thing to a perfect piece of music nature will allow.