I’ve finally set up a record player in my bedroom have since begun building a record collection, addictively scouring second-hand record shops all over town and finding gems at bargain prices. Because playing vinyl is a more involved listening experience (no skipping, you have to get up after each side, etc.), I’m also using this as an opportunity to get into some albums that really deserve a chance to be absorbed – and all of them gain that crackling warmth. As you can see from the collection below, I’ve been putting together some cosy, even seductive, albums that will lend an atmosphere to just about any room. Come with me and have a listen…
Panda Bear – Comfy In Nautica
My go-to record. As it says on the sleeve, “this album makes every bad thing in the world go away.” This track in particular is one to start every day.
Carole King – I Feel The Earth Move
Not one to listen to first thing in the morning, this is quite a melancholic, feminine album full of tunes you’ll know from elsewhere – but they originated here.
The Beach Boys – You Still Believe In Me
One of the greatest albums of all time on a vinyl print – brings a bit of sunshine on any occasion.
Edith Piaf – Je T’ai Dans le Peau
Transports me to the streets of Paris every time.
Dusty Springfield – Son Of a Preacher Man
Sublime production and arrangements with a sultry, soft touch.
Van Morrison – Stoned Me
As above, this is a soulful heavyweight.
Frank Sinatra – You Make Me Feel So Young
If old blue eyes can’t do it for you, you may have a problem.
Bruce Springsteen – The River
Never dug the Boss? This is as good a starting place as any.
Roxy Music – Out of the Blue
Ferry and Manzanera, trumpeting up a storm in your living space.
Simon and Garfunkel – Mrs. Robinson
Sure to add a bit of pep into any environment.
Mama Cass – Make Your Own Kind of Music
Stand up, stretch out and be counted.
Magic Arm – Reprise
A mixture of despair and nostalgia, this is my very favourite 52-second snippet of music.
And I’ll be sure to add more to the collection over the weekend…
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