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Music To Silkscreen By

Music

I don’t know about you, but I need music in my life. There’s pretty much a constant soundtrack going through my head. I can’t drive for more than a minute without music (unless of course I’m almost at a destination and need to turn the music down to see better where I’m going…)

Music enhances any experience you may have. Whether you’re skiing or snowboarding, pumping yourself up to try that 360 again and again, sure that this is the one, this time you’ll stomp it. Or a long train journey in the fall, with the rain lashing down, you watch the droplets race each other across the window as the countryside hurtles by.

The same idea goes for silkscreening. Often, due to full time jobs and family, we find ourselves screening shirts well into the night, so we need music that’s motivating. Something fun, carefree and easy to listen to. And so over the past year, we’ve have found a few go to albums that fit the bill beautifully. So here they are, in no particular order.

7 Music Albums To Silkscreen To

MGMT – Oracular Spectacular

MGMT are one of the oddest bands ever. With a unique vocal sound and often bizarre sound effects, this band could easily have gone really well or really badly. Thankfully they managed to pull it off. The eclectic mix works really well. I find myself wanting to dance around the space with my hands thrown in the air when hear this album. It catapults me out of a mellow mood and into the realms of shit-eating grins and foot-tapping delight. Thanks MGMT for providing music to keep us young. Songs to check out: Time To Pretend and Kids. Website: http://whoismgmt.com/

The Naked and Famous – Passive Me, Aggressive You

It was actually really hard to pick between this album and In Rolling Waves. Passive Me, Aggressive You just managed to win. As I’m writing this, I played the first song off of each album. The minute that the drums came in for All Of This, I was immediately taken into the space. I could smell the flash dryer and hear the adhesive spray being applied to the platen. Songs to check out: All Of This and Young Blood. Website: http://thenakedandfamous.com

The National – High Violet

The National some how manage to beautiful put into words feelings that otherwise never get voiced. Their album, High Violet as a whole tells beautiful stories through massive choruses, melancholy vocals and meaningful lyrics. It’s easy to have on in the background, but when you have a spare moment waiting for ink to cure, you can tune in and become part of The National’s world. Songs to check out: Bloodbuzz Ohio and Lemonworld. Website: http://americanmary.com

Caribou – One Love

There is something strange but extremely fascinating about this album from the semi-local Caribou (Dundas, Ontario). I’m not normally a fan of music that’s pure Electronic, and yet One Love sounds completely organic and I love it. The songs build dramatically, but subtly and naturally. This is another another album which is easy to listen to, but the moment you want to submerse yourself fully, the songs invite you in with open arms and sweep you off your feet. Songs to check out: Can’t Do Without You and All I Ever Need. Website: http://www.caribou.fm

M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

Classic. This was one of our first go to’s when we were starting out. M83 are so dynamic. If you let it, their music will really take you places. One song, however, has been ruined forever for me due to someone pointing out that one of the melodies in OK Pal sounds like someone saying “bad pyjamas”. Go on and listen and let us know what you think. But seriously – song’s like Intro – grab some good headphones, really crank it, close your eyes and let every sound wash over you. Then try to tell me it didn’t give you shivers. Songs to check out: Intro and Wait (it was really hard to pick two here. The album is a masterpiece as a whole). Website: http://ilovem83.com

Wait What – The Notorious XX

I stumbled upon this album a good few years ago now, but it’s never gotten old. Wait What, a producer from San Francisco, took the music of Notorious B.I.G and mashed it with the debut album of The XX, XX and produced one of the best mash up albums I’ve ever heard. The mellow vibes from the XX pair beautifully with the soul and genius of Biggy. His vocals bring a new life to the beats of the XX. You’d never have thought it, but they compliment each other beautiful. Songs to check out: Juicy-R and Islands Is The Limit. Website: http://waitwhatmusic.com

We Were Promised Jetpacks – Unravelling

Now call me biased… but these guys are awesome. Hailing from my home country of Scotland, they are pretty much a household name in the UK. On this side of the pond, they don’t get the recognition they deserve, but that’s fine by me! That allowed Ben and I to see them play in Toronto for a whopping $20, and it was the best $20 I’ve ever spent on music. WWPJ’s albums are always on point, but they’re also one of those bands who truly deserve to play live all the time. From their energy and presence down to their musical skills. Ooft. Songs to check out: I Keep It Composed and Peaks and Troughs. Website: https://wewerepromisedjetpacks.com

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