Decibels for A Young Vine: A Playlist
This compilation of tracks consists of ten songs from artists (all featuring female lead vocals) of diverse genres and backgrounds. Each song leaves a different impression and vibe onto the listener; one might be a poignant anthemic lamentation that drives the listener to drown in a visceral existential grief, another might be a catchy and youthful love song that causes the listener to reminisce about their youth, another might be a heartwarming tune that soothes your heart, another might be a fast-paced thrashing tune that sends vibes of aggressive chaos, and so on. It is a representation of how our lives, and the emotions we unleash toward life, are the same; they are not static, and every road we pass through leaves us with a different feeling each day.
1987-born indie folk/alternative singer-songwriter Angel Olsen, who is currently associated with the label Jagjaguwar, did a great job in performing a tune that radiates in a calm and collected manner, but also has intricate feelings invested in it.
East Flanders-based black metal/post hardcore act Oathbreaker did a captivating job in presenting a belligerent, chaotic tune with distorted riffs and otherwordly soaring vocals that aggressively drives you into another realm. It is fragility, anger, and magnificence converged into one.
Originally performed by Phil Phillips, 1972-born indie rock singer-songwriter Charlyn Marie Marshall, a.k.a. Cat Power, and her soothing voice did a magnificent cover of this song that we all probably would love to dedicate to our loved one(s).
Razika is a ska-influenced indie rock four-piece from Bergen, Norway, whose songs are so youthful and catchy that they make you reminisce about what it's like to be seventeen again. "Vondt i Hjertet" mainly talks about unrequited love, but it is presented in an eager and vibrant manner that many people wouldn't realize that its lyrics are about unrequited love (if they don’t understand Norwegian, that is).
This song, which was performed by Danish one-woman black metal project Amalie Bruun (under the stage name Myrkur), is a rendition of Bathory’s "Song to Hall Up High", which is a homage to the late Bathory, who was the founder of said band and a viking metal pioneer. Myrkur’s performance comes off as astoundingly poignant, just like Valkyries singing, that it makes listeners drown in visceral desolation too.
When you’re looking for a song that is experimental and erratic with avant garde vibes, then give this song by SF-based noise punk band Deerhoof a go, as this is also the kind of tune that lifts spirits up.
This NYC-based three piece alternative rock/dream pop act delivers the kind of song that will give you mixed feelings, with lyrics full of idyllic metaphors, serving you a lost march resonating through your heart.
This indie rock/slowcore band of Sub Pop Records fame, Low, presents a vibrant and easy-listening tune that would be suitable for road trips.
This up-and-coming two-piece psychedelic folk rock act, also of Sub Pop Records fame, was formed in 2015 and combines fragile vocals with guitar riffs in this space rock-esque and ethereal song.
This indie folk masterpiece by Gothenburg-based sister band First Aid Kit talks about the feeling of joy and contentment we get when we sing with the person we love. Emmylou Harris, whom this song was named after, have seen a subliminal performance of this song live and it touched her so much she cried.