Mountain Mags + Music: 2015

Ten musicians on repeat at Highline headquarters as we dreamt up and pulled together little mountain miracles this year.

1. Barr Brothers – Sleeping Operator

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There’s something on this album for whatever you’re feelin’: relaxed, stressed, stoked, upbeat, bluesy. A great balance of complexity and catchy melody lines. Subtle harp weaves it all together in this gem of indie, alternative Canadian goodness.

2. Ben Howard – Every Kingdom

Screen Shot 2015-12-20 at 5.33.32 PMPure uplifting, mellow inspiration. Ben’s voice is smooth, melody lines easy to sing along to, and lovely lyrics. Keep Your Head Up is a morning anthem to start your day off right.

3. Pharis and Jason Romero – A Wanderer I’ll Stay

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These gems of Canadian old-time music are gently handing the folk scene their asses in a handbasket. When things get hectic and you feel like disappearing to a cozier, more connected place and time, take a ride on the Romero train. This album is often overflowing the Highline van with good vibes when I’m distributing magazines around town.

4. Hozier – Hozier

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Everyone loves Hozier. The rewarding sing-along melodies and the depth and subtlety in the lyrics and construction of these songs reveals something new with every listen. You can get lost in them on your coffee break, or play them softly in the background when you’re writing and hope that some of his brilliance sinks into your own creative work.

5. Jesca Hoop – Hunting My Dress

Screen Shot 2015-12-20 at 6.02.07 PMJesca Hoop is not a bird, she’s a murder of birds. Playful, unexpected, fun and kind of scary. This mix of emotions rolls smoothly over top of traditional guitar picking patterns and a hint of Led Zeppelin unplugged.

6. Isbells – Stoalin’

Screen Shot 2015-12-20 at 6.17.46 PMFull disclosure: our photographer Brittany Staddon used the song Elated as the soundtrack to our wedding slideshow this summer so it’s possible I’m attached to it for that reason. I find the whole album beautifully emotional and chock full of juxtaposed sunshine and sadness. Listen for yourself and decide if I’m justified in loving this one.

7. Nick Mulvey – First Mind

Screen Shot 2015-12-20 at 6.22.28 PMFor those wonderfully cozy nights in the autumn or winter spent curled up on the couch with a good book. Throw on some Nick, light a couple of candles and you’ve got yourself a romantic, relaxed little Tuesday evening.

8. Breakbot – By Your Side

Screen Shot 2015-12-20 at 6.47.53 PMAnd now for something completely different: when Highline’s honorary steeze doctor Dave Busch recommends an album as a must-have for a dance party, you damn well do whatever it takes to get your hands on it. Thanks to this ridiculously catchy, fun disco-electronic album, our headquarters have been privy to more than one impromptu team dance party and many more solo shimmy-shakes from yours truly. Oh, the things these walls have seen…

9. CBC – The Signal

Screen Shot 2015-12-20 at 7.07.39 PMA music lover’s paradise, six nights a week on the CBC (just not Sundays). Laurie Brown guides you into the mysterious, rich, creative depths of today’s most original bands, “the talent of now”. You’re guaranteed to fall in love with at least one song and have your eyes opened to so many more. Can’t get enough of it.

10. Max Richter – Sleep

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Completely disappear at the end of the day to Max Richter’s incredible “Sleep,” a full eight hours of compositions that will make you forget whatever’s been keeping you awake at night (for me, deadlines). Surrender to the smooth pulse and haunting vocals and just imagine yourself floating weightless, effortlessly hovering through a dream into outer space or to the bottom of the deepest ocean. Before you know it, you’ll be in dreamland. The one hour version “from Sleep” is a compilation whittled down from the full production.

 

I adore being turned on to new music! Send me suggestions from your current playlist at [email protected].

 

Kristy Davison

Kristy Davison

Kristy founded Highline Magazine in 2008, motivated by the pursuit of stories that both inspire and make us laugh at our wild ways. Her background in fine arts and design, love for reading and research, and a life spent wandering in the Rockies combine to lead the vision for the magazine. She lives for hut trips, live music, walks in the woods, and kicking back on patios with friends in the summertime.

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