Have you ever found some songs sound better outdoors after midnight, bathed in a cool summer night? Or, in bed with lights turned off while music dances around your imagination?
The After Midnight playlist embraces eclectic music spanning several generations and styles.
For example, Sidney Bechet’s 1939 recording, Summertime, evokes summer and night-time New Orleans to perfection. A decade later, you can hear the ultra cool Louis Jordan or Django Reinhardt.
Other songs journey into the trip hop of Tricky and Massive Attack, Nick Hakim’s recent soul track, Bet She Looks like You, and the quiet pulse of Cigarettes After Sex. There are two lovely Bob Marley ambient re-mixes which put the focus on Marley’s beautiful melodies.
As you move toward the end, you’ll find a trio of unusual choices.
The dubstep (no wob wob’s here) track Archangel by Burial looks to change the speed limit, but ends up as a perverse plunge off a cliff into William Basinki’s, The Disintegration Loops. Wikipedia says, “The music was recorded from a series of ambient music fragments played in tape loops that gradually deteriorated each time they passed the tape head. The completion of the recording coincided with the 9/11 attacks, which Basinski witnessed from a rooftop in Brooklyn.” Now, while you’re at the bottom, the music goes full circle back to the ’30’s.
If you’ve seen Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, you’ll recognize the creepy final track, Al Bowlly’s, Midnight, The Stars and You. Yeah, it’s from the ballroom scene as you watch Jack Torrance disintegrate from humanity.