During tumultuous times, we often turn to music. Listening to a favorite album or diving into new music can help ease the tension of family or school stressors.
The CisternYard Radio staff has compiled the music they’ve been listening to to help them get through the anxiety and uncertainty of living through a pandemic.
Come back tomorrow for even more recommendations.
“Unknown Pleasures is an album that immediately grabs you during its first drum fills andmelodic bass intro of “Disorder”, the first track on this record. Vocalist and frontman, Ian Curtis, dreams of being taken away from his problems and living a normal life. He wants to feel again.
On “Day of The Lords”, he asks “where will it end?”, referring to both humanity’s penchant for conflict, war, and exploitation.
Themes of Isolation, Depression, Mental Illness, Death, and general sadness pervade every track on this album, being put on dim display through the bleak, echoey instrumentals and Ian’s emotional, downtrodden and thought provoking lyrics.
“She’s Lost Control” provides the listener with an intimate, chilling depiction of Ian’s encounter with an epilepsy victim, something he himself also suffered from. While the lyrics are chilling, Peter Hook’s high octave bass line forces you to hum along.
“Shadowplay” starts off with an explosion of guitar and hard hitting drums. The record ends with the harrowing “I Remember Nothing”, a cold song about Isolation and Depression, in vivid detail.
Unknown Pleasures might be the perfect album for this period of quarantine. It’s dark, but there is a catharsis in listening to it.
This record stands out in the history of popular music, as it would go on to influence bands like The Cure, Cocteau Twins, Interpol, and The National. The remaining members of Joy Division also went on to form New Order, one of the greatest Synth Pop bands of all time.
Unknown Pleasures is a slow burn, though a worthwhile one.”
“Faye Webster has been helping me through the quarantine for sure. My go-to album from her has been her most recent, Atlanta Millionaires Club. The album’s so romantic while still feeling earthy and grounded; it’s been perfect to play late at night and while I’m painting.
It can be something that holds your whole attention or just plays in the background of whatever new quarantine hobbies you’re trying out.
The saxophone in the song “Jonny” fills the room really well and brings a sentimental and inviting feeling into the room, it’s really needed when you feel like you can’t spend anymore time in one space without going crazy. Lyrically, the song feels really personal to Faye and can make you feel a little less trapped within your own perspective.
If you fall in love with this narrative as much as I did, the last song on the album is a reprise version of “Jonny” that really ties together all the feelings you were taken through while listening.
“Kingston”, my original favorite from the album, feels glowy and idyllic. It’s perfect for this time because it feels like one of the songs you don’t get tired of and I never wanna skip it when it comes on.
“Come to Atlanta” is my boyfriend/quarantine partner’s favorite, it has a really nice pace and highlights the uniqueness of Faye’s voice. If you do have a nice space in your yard and a little blanket during this time, “Right Side of my Neck” is the perfect song to lie in the sun and listen to.”
“My go-to record for quarantine listen has got to be Someday My Prince Will Come by the Miles Davis Quintet.
The title track opens with a beautiful piano riff from Wynton Kelly that sets the tone for the cool, refined album that follows. Recalling its origins in the original Snow White, Miles constructs a solo filled with the hope that I’m trying to feel right now.
We all miss our friends back at school as the virus has pushed us into an unexpected diaspora, but rather than worrying about everything, I’ve chosen to lock myself in my room and ride out this situation by hoping for the best.
The next two cuts, the reminiscent ballad “Old Folks” and the swaggering “Pfrancing,” feel to me like a quiet night in with good friends— lowkey and playful.
One of my favorite cuts off of this LP is “Teo.” Starting off with some cool lightly Latin drumming and a lyrical solo from Miles, the song really reaches its peak when John Coltrane enters for his guest solo on the tenor sax. He brings an edge and aggression to the song that catches your focus before you can tune out for even a moment.
The closing track, “I Thought of You”, makes me think of all the great friends I had to leave behind when I came home. Don’t worry though, it’s not too sad, just like leaving those people behind. It evokes both the good memories of when all my friends were together, the strange feeling of leaving, and the small joys of a Zoom group call with the boys.
It’s a good way to end an album, giving me that little reminder to keep in tough with everybody who I’ve come to know in my time at the College.
Overall, this album is warm and laid back, just right to keep me grounded in this rather strange point in my life.”