For the past few days I've been listening a lot to some older records that I hadn't listened to in a while. The late autumn/early winter outside suddenly hit me, with all it's darkness and cold weather. It really is the season for the darker more melancholy music. The three records that have been on constant rotation are Cat Power's modern classic The Greatest (Matador, 2006), Drive-By Truckers' outstanding Decoration Day (New West, 2003) and last but not least Will Johnson's solo album Vultures Await (Misra/Munich, 2004).
These three albums have the perfect warm feeling that sounds just a little better when the darkness falls outside. To walk around town with them on headphones while the leaves are falling around you. Especially the albums by Cat Power and Will Johnson. On the Drive-By Truckers album I usually go for the Jason Isbell tunes, not that the others aren't any good but "Outfit" is one of my all time favourite song. A brilliant tune. The same goes for "Lived in Bars" by Cat Power and "Just to Know What You've Been Dreaming". The latter I posted here on this blog about a year ago after seeing Johnson perform it live in London with Monsters of Folk.
Everyone should give these albums a spin - fantastic albums which sounds great all year round, but specially great for the autumn solitude.