CHVRCHES

I’ve never been much of a fan of electronic music, mostly because what I value about music is passion and sincerity — that it comes from the heart. And a lot of it does not appeal to me because it doesn’t seem to have much or any substance.
Now, while I have been listening to more and more music with stronger electronic components in recent years, CHVRCHES is the first band with an entirely electronic instrumental section that really stood out to me. And that is mainly because of the great vocals and lyrics by lead singer Lauren Mayberry, which are excellently complemented by Iain Cook’s and Martin Doherty’s (he also takes the role of lead singer on a few occasions) electronic rhythms and melodies.
Their music is full of character, emotion and positive drive and both their albums are definitely worth giving a listen to. Hope you enjoy it!

PS: It’s hard to pick a favourite here, so I’m going with the first one I ever listened to. Enjoy!

PPS: This may be the first really happy music I discovered and liked in ages.

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The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

Since the channel came back to life last week, it reminded me that I’ve really wanted to share this one for quite a while:

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

With this series John Koenig seeks out to give shape to those emotions that feel ineffable. Those that leave us  longing, restless, or so heart-wrenching and anxious that it leaves us in tears.
But it also shows us a connectedness — the despair that arises from the human condition that we share. A longing that ignites a spark in us. The refusal to let what little light we may have left die.

John Koenig invents names for these feelings, constructed and created from words of all sorts of languages, and illustrates their meaning in beautiful and profound videos, that are melancholy at its purest.

“We dream to survive — it’s no more optional than breathing.” – John Koenig

Mind Field

So, I’ve been a long-time fan of the YouTube channel VSauce (there’s a post about it here somewhere) and recently host and creator Michael Stevens has launched a new endeavour called Mind Field.
While the series is, unfortunately, mostly YouTube Red only, you can watch the first episode on YouTube, in which Michael investigates what sensory deprivation does to our minds and bodies. It concludes with a self-experiment where he submits himself to three sensory-deprived days in a small, bright room. It’s really interesting, have fun.