Trentemoller – Sycamore Feeling
Bonobo – Noctuary
Scattle – To the Top (bandcamp!)
Snowblink – Unsurfed Waves
If you recall, I attempted National Write a Novel in a fucking Month before with very unimpressive results. I ended up hating a lot of what I was writing and since I already spend a lot of time doing what I call “interactive fan fiction”, I really can’t justify a month of writing that I’m not going to use if I’m already writing creatively. Should I be working on a novel daily? Probably. Buuuuut fuck it.
Anyway, so like I said, I write a lot. Either it’s for work, for my blog, for video game reviews or for my roleplaying. And, I usually like to have music playing while I do it. I figured since a lot of you are attempting the National Oh God Am I Actually Writing A Novel? Month I’d help y’all out with some tunes.
First up is what I like to call “Gotham Music”. It’s something clangy, dark and urban that belongs somewhere between Amusement Mile and Crime Alley. It’s got the intrigue of Arkham, the justice of Batman and maybe even some Siren sexy. “Sycamore Feeling” has all of this wrapped up in a six minute package. I love the dark beats, the grinding electro and smokey vocals. This song seems designed to take you places gently like a creepy tunnel of love and that makes it perfect for writing. This is for the horror writers. The noir revivalists. The dark cyberpunk fanatics.
Oh what’s that? You need something a little more ponderous. A detective thriller with a murder mystery to solve or a lone space oddesy? Bonobo’s “Noctuary” has the thing for you. With singular, twinkling melodies and a steady trip-hop beat, you’re sure to write up some good clues, secrets and twists. This is also a longer track and a little less adventurous, but that’s still good for writing. You get into the groove a lot easier.
But, you need something upbeat, you say! Something that is both totes bad ass and action packed? Well…I can’t believe I’m saying this…but Hotline Miami: The Takedown has probably some of the coolest blood pumping music I’ve heard in a long time. With 80’s inspired synths, a totes dramatic bass and a beat that’s infectious, I deem “To The Top” perfect for your fist pumping, dudes punching and guns shooting scenes. It’s short as hell, but sounds awesome on repeat.
Oh, what’s that? You’re writing the next indie-music inspired darling and you need something to get you in the mood of disenchanted suburban youth and sensitive loners? Snowblink’s “Unsurfed Waves” might have more vocals than the other songs, but the fuzzy guitar and gentle tone wraps around you like warm blanket while you watch the sunrise. It’s great for writing those optimistic feels, those teenage bro times you’ll never get back and that lost rebel adventure.