In Our Headphones: January 2019

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Hey folks!

We hope you all had a positive start to the new year 🙂

While January is a month which typically brings with it a chance to reset and set some new intentions for the year ahead, some things just can’t and won’t ever change.

The Moderator team here at Spotify have, as ever, been ferociously listening to anything that comes our way.

Whether it’s a big new release that pops up in our Release Radar on a Friday (such as Billie Eilish’s dark and dope new single, “bury a friend” -- see below) or a throwback to an old personal favourite as we’re listening to a Daily Mix, leaving us feeling nostalgic for the past or transporting us to another place altogether, we’ve always got a tune in our headphones.

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Many of you will have seen questions from users in the Community asking about certain songs that aren’t currently available in the Spotify catalogue. We always get back to our users saying that we add new content to Spotify on a daily basis, and that if they can’t find something they’re looking for right now, it may appear (or reappear) soon.

My faith in these words had been slowly dwindling over time, but just the other day it was suddenly rekindled when I saw that one of my favourite albums, “Thinking In Textures” by Chet Faker, had been added to Spotify. It’s great to see that Spotify are actively working towards making everyone’s favourite music available to listen on the platform, and this is just one example of it (feel free to let us know in the comments section below if you have any others).

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In the spirit of @Jemi‘s particular penchant for Greek folk music and culture which we have come to know and love him for, one of his picks for this month is “Mykonos” by Fleet Foxes. He says that it reminds him of “a visit to a sunny island, a drive down the beach, and great memories”, but that at the same time it “may veil a rather sad truth, where travelling can be seen as an escape from reality, be it lost friendship, work, school, or family”, thus highlighting the ambiguous, bittersweet nature of travelling. Take a listen:

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Meanwhile, @Daisy was in transit herself when she heard Lewis Capaldi’s “Someone You Loved” for the first time: “I was in the car with my friend when this song came on, 5 seconds in I grabbed my phone and looked it up. I told her ‘yeah this is gonna be one of those songs that I’m going to listen to on repeat for a loooong time’. It’s a beautiful song, [especially] the piano and his voice, and the lyrics are kinda relatable”. See what you think:

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Speaking of love (queue seamless segue), you are all probably (perhaps even painfully) aware that Valentine’s day is just around the corner. Yes, it’s become commercialised, and yes, it generates some negative feelings, but I still believe that it’s a great occasion (and not simply an excuse) to celebrate what brings us together, and to remind each other that we care.

With this in mind, I’ve chosen a beautiful rendition of Savage Garden’s “Truly Madly Deeply” which Yoke Lore recorded as a Spotify Single back in 2017. When I listen to it, I really do feel like I’m standing on top of a mountain, and the ethereal harmonies that run throughout it are as stunning as the view from the top. Here it is:

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As I was listening to the playlist, a song started playing which I hadn’t heard in a while, but which I recognised immediately. I then realised that @Daisy had added Alexi Murdoch’s “Orange Sky”.

For me, this song, with the soothing refrain of “My salvation lies in your love”, is an ode to love in all its forms: whether it be love for your siblings, for your soul mate, or for your partner in life, it has a universal quality to it which makes it relatable for everyone, whether or not you’re celebrating Valentine’s day.

So, whoever’s reading, this one’s for you:

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Consider spreading the love and share a song with a loved one which reminds you of them. And if you’re reading this after the event, don’t wait for Valentine’s day to come around again: any day is a good day to show someone how you feel, am I right?

Oh, and, as ever, here’s the entire playlist for you to follow and enjoy in your own time:

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Happy listening! See you next month 🙂

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