These days we find ourselves listening to those freewheeling “perfect for a road trip” tunes, with more soulful songs making appearances as the day winds down. Here are some we have on repeat to energize mornings and afternoons, and bring even happier hours come evening.
Holden’s La saison des touristes from their 2002 album “Pedrolira” plays well with a first cup of tea, gently easing you into the rest of the day. We also like to think the title is a tongue-in-cheek way to welcome summer.
Surfer Blood’s new release “Python” sees the band build on their 2010 debut “Astro Coast,” adding depth without losing a sound that makes for great steering-wheel drum sessions, like in the first single “Demon Dance.”
From her recently released album “Sing to the Moon,” Laura Mvula’s Green Garden has a fresh feel as upbeat as her story—she overcame terrifying stage fright to share her talent with the world. We’re so glad she did. Catch her when she tours North America this September.
The UK’s Jacob Banks‘ new track Worthy is nothing short of amazing. Fresh off a tour with Alicia Keys, we bet we’ll be seeing more of his nouveau R&B.
Channeling equal parts Nina Simone and Joan Armatrading, Jim James‘ State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.) has a beautifully haunting sound that would be a good sunset viewing soundtrack, or work as a lullaby to remind you of a “life worth living,” as the lyrics suggest.