Video Games to Italian Songs: Recommendations From February

We’re nearing the end of February now, and I thought I’d share some of the songs I’ve been listening to this month. It’s been a good month for me – I think I listened to quite a lot of new music and got some cool recommendations from people. So here’s a quick review of my listening habits from this month, and some of the songs I’ve liked.

  • Back to the Old House by The Smiths

If it’s not melancholic, is it really a Smiths song? I believe that it was recently the 40th anniversary of the Smiths’ self-titled debut album (not that that has anything to do with why I was listening to it, but still that’s kind of cool), but Back to the Old House is from Louder Than Bombs.

  • Big Iron by Marty Robbins

A friend recommended this song because they thought it was in a similar realm to You Don’t Mess Around with Jim by Jim Croce, and I really like it. I don’t know anything else by Marty Robbins – if you listen to his music, let me know what I should listen to next in the comments.

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  • Winter (Nocturne of Ice) from the Stardew Valley soundtrack

I don’t know much about video games at all, but I’m down for the soundtracks – this particular soundtrack is cool, and others I’ve been listening to include Stardew Valley Overture and Dance of the Moonlight Jellies.

  • No Surprises by Radiohead

I’m way behind on listening to Radiohead – everybody talks about them but I’ve never really put much time into listening to them before, so I thought I’d start with one of their songs I was already aware of. What should I listen to from Radiohead next?

  • Nothing Matters by The Last Dinner Party

I need to sit down and listen to Prelude to Ecstasy because I love Nothing Matters and Sinner, which I’d heard before the album was released. I’m glad they’re starting to gain traction now, I think they’ve got a cool sound that I want to see more of in the music industry.

  • È la vita by Marco Armani (from the Call Me by Your Name soundtrack)

I don’t remember why I started listening to this song, I don’t speak Italian, but it’s a great song (although I’m yet to know what the lyrics mean). I think it’s cool to enjoy a song without knowing what they’re singing about. Marco Armani’s voice is smooth and lovely to listen to.

  • Crazy On You by Heart

Another group that hadn’t been on my radar before this month – I really love their voices together, and I’ll be looking out for other songs by them too.

  • Fade Into You by Mazzy Star

I’ve known Fade Into You for a while, but now and then I like to reincorporate it into my playlist. It’s dreamy with a melancholic undertone, and I could listen to it for hours in a row.

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  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide by David Bowie

What’s not to like about this song? I love how calm it is at first, and that it lets David Bowie’s vocals speak for themselves, and then backs them up with the trumpets, saxophones and trombones.

  • In My Life by The Beatles

Self-explanatory, it’s a great song.

  • These Days by Nico

I’ve been listening to quite a lot of Nico, her voice is endlessly enjoyable for me – Femme Fatale is another great example of her voice. The lyric ‘please don’t confront me with my failures, I had not forgotten them’ is one of my favourite lyrics I’ve ever heard.

  • Gypsy by Fleetwood Mac

It’s Stevie Nicks, c’mon. Gypsy is one of my favourite Fleetwood Mac songs, and I love Stevie Nicks’s rich, deeper voice on the track. I don’t know why it isn’t as popular as some of Fleetwood Mac’s other music, but I recommend it if you like Dreams or The Chain.

  • Amsterdam by Gregory Alan Isakov

Ugh, his voice is incredible. It’s got that slight mumbling quality that works really well with the calm song, and the layered vocals in the background are lovely.

Thanks for reading about my February in music – let me know what I should listen to in March in the comments below, and what you’ve been listening to recently. See you next time.

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