By no means is this a “Top 5” list. It is simply five artists I suggest listening to if you want to relax.
· Ben Howard
o An English Folk singer/songwriter who is known for using mostly an acoustic guitar to accompany some very serious lyrics. He’s been popular in England for a few years now, but only recently gained attention in the States when his songs were featured on episode of House.
o Album to check out: The Burgh Island
· Florence and the Machine
o Also coming from England, Florence and the Machine have really only been around since 2009. They gained a lot of popularity thanks television both in England and the US. In the U.K., they gained a lot of support from BBC, promoting them on BBC Introducing, while in the US they received more recognition after Glee did a cover of their song “Dog Days Are Over”.
o Album to check out: Ceremonials
· Allen Stone
o I have a feeling Allen Stone is going to become very big, soon. He is already praised by residents of Seattle, the city where he made a name for himself. He caught some more ears when he was featured on Macklemore’s album The Heist. The “hippie with soul” as he calls himself, is definitely one to check out if you’re looking for soothing, yet catchy soul music.
o Album to check out: Allen Stone
· Lana Del Ray
o Possibly the most well-known artist on this list, Lana Del Rey comes from New York with a haunting, yet mesmerizing voice. It’s easy for anyone to like at least one of her songs, even if you only like one specific genre, because she joins so many types music together that you’re sure to like one of her songs.
o Album to check out: Born to Die
o Bernhoft (Jarle Bernhoft being his full name) is a Norwegian musician who has been gaining fame through his YouTube videos, as well as appearances on Ellen and Conan. One of the coolest things about Bernhoft is his kick pedal loop machine. This device essentially allows him to be a one-man band by recording the sounds he makes and then playing them on a loop as he chooses.
o Album to check out: Solidarity Breaks
I have also created a playlist on YouTube that features some songs from each of these artists for those that want to check them out.
Written By: Patrick Ogden