Dusty Travel Cassettes In The Glove Compartment
I grew up in the golden era of indie music, so there’s nothing more comforting or familiar than filling my ear drums with gently strummed guitars, brushy percussion, and tender vocal harmonies. This is where my love of music was born. Likewise, there’s a certain feeling of nostalgia that comes from listening to “Dusty Travel Cassettes In The Glove Compartment.” Hearing artists like Feist, Fleet Foxes, and The Tallest Man On Earth make me feel like it’s 2012 again, and I’m bursting at the seams with feelings. But none of the welcome nostalgia makes this playlist feel dated. These aren’t the over-played hits of the early aughts. “Dusty Travel Cassettes In The Glove Compartment” manages to feel fresh and familiar at the same time, which is perhaps one of the greatest feelings music can offer.
We’ve all had those moments when what we need most is a long drive with the windows down as the light of the day fades. The sky turns from powder to cobalt. The trees become silhouettes. We are alone with only our thoughts to keep us company, and we like it that way. In those moments, having the perfect playlist to accompany our contemplation can turn an ordinary drive into an opportunity for revelation. After my experience of diving into this collection of songs, I can safely say that “Dusty Travel Cassettes In The Glove Compartment” is that playlist.
Rooted firmly in the indie-folk genre, this playlist starts with heavy-hitters like Junip, Of Monsters of Men, and The Lumineers. The soft, familiar voice of José Gonzalez (Junip) welcomes you immediately into a space of healing and solitude. I imagine turning to this playlist when I’m feeling dejected, fed up, or overwhelmed. Maybe I’m struggling with a friend or doing my best to get through a breakup. This is an opportunity to let the stress dissolve. To become the fading day and the wind pressing in through the window. These songs bring a sort of ecstasy that can only come in those moments when the whole world falls away and the present moment comes into crystalline focus.
The acoustic vibes of “Dusty Travel Cassettes In The Glove Compartment” make it a mellow listen even as it plumbs the depths of our emotions. You’ll feel laidback and serene, but don’t be surprised if you cry a little while spending time with this collection of earnest songs. Tracks like “Renegade” by Norwegian folk band Kings of Convenience shine through as unexpected gems, with its romantic rhythm guitar and the clear, close voice of Erik Glambek Bøe. In fact, quite a few of the tracks on this list hail from Scandinavia, a fertile land for indie folk. Bands like First Aid Kit, Junip, Of Monsters and Men, and Kings of Convenience offer an impressive look at the world of contemporary far northern folk music.
When you re-emerge from the two-hour trip through time and space that this playlist will send you on, you’ll feel new. Emotions will be alchemized. Perspectives will be renewed. You’ll probably even be buzzing from an epiphany or two. You will feel alive and open-hearted and maybe a little bit like you’re 23, no matter how old you are.