Newsflash: It's 17 degrees outside.
On days like this you don't want to come out from under the covers for anything. It's safe to say that despite all the energy and excitement the new year brings, juuuust about midway through January the blues start to hit. The creativity blues, the productivity blues, you name it.
And what do we say to that? HELL NO!
Creative slumps suck. One of the best ways to fight them off is to punch them in the face.
To rekindle that creative flame we've got a great roundup of 5 songs to jumpstart your creativity in 2016 and punch that creative slump in the face. It's our first Music Monday of the year and you BET I've really got it coming for you.
Note: You can find all of these added to our Creative Jolt playlist on Spotify. Plug in, baby.
Now who's ready to get those creative juices flowing? ⚡️⚡️⚡️
Let's get this show on the road! 🚗💨
Here are 5 songs to re-ignite your creative energy:
• Need a Friend – EL VY
Return to the Moon from EL VY was one of my favorite releases of 2015. The album debuted in late October with a vibe that mixed haunting and booming in a perfect combination. The album features lots of sonic experimentation and unfolding rhythms, always paired with Matt Berninger's (who you'll also recognize the frontman for The National) mumbly-stringy-scratchy vocals and dense, sometimes-opaque political lyrics.
One of my favorite parts on the album comes partway through the track I'm the Man to Be when a conversation is suddenly interspersed within the (highly disturbing) vignette. This track, Need a Friend, however, features all the building rhythm and layered sounds to be found on Return to the Moon with lyrics PG enough to share.
Get ready to experiment with rhythm, repetition, and be reminded that creativity doesn't spring out of nothing. We all need a base – we all need a friend. Or maybe just some good speakers.
• Desire – Dilly Dally
Dilly Dally's Sore was another one of the best releases of 2015, according to me, a preeminent expert on my own musical tastes. The group's sound has been described on a spectrum from "guttural punk" to "softcore grunge" and doesn't seem too easy to pin down.
But if you're into screechy guitars and even screechier vocals, you're in luck with this track. And if you're not? I hate to break it to you, but...
You don't get more creative from sticking with the same things you always listen to.
That's how you get boring and predictable, which is NOT what we're about here!
Channel your inner angst and soul-consuming passion (and prepare for your creative sensitivities to explode) with Dilly Dally's freakishly amazing track Desire:
• Haircut – See Through Dresses
What jumpstarts your new outlook better than a haircut?
Rhetorical question. That's not the reason this track is included.
See Through Dresses' End of Days was another excellent release of late 2015. Haircut, my favorite pick off the release, is all about subdued rhythm lines and power drums that break out of nowhere.
Break out of nowhere and punch your creative slump IN THE FACE, that is.
This track completely caught me off guard the first time I heard it and continues to ignite fresh ideas each time I give it a listen. Enjoy.
• Fall from Grace – Future Islands
This song is from way back in 2014 (whaaaaaat) but nonetheless definitely makes my top cut of tracks to jumpstart your creativity in 2016. The album Singles from Future Islands was one of my favorite releases of 2014, and has the sort of energizing staying power that keeps the album at the top of my go-to list.
This track, Fall from Grace, is a particularly compelling song to give you a creative kick.
The strange and unexpected vocals along with awesome bass spotlight are what make this song a winner. Plus, in my book, unexpected screams interspersed throughout are always a win.
Two thumbs up, Future Islands. This song is going to be on my "must" list for years to come and is sure to punch your creative slump in the face.
• Old Ways – Demi Lovato
So... one of these things is not like the other, right?
Can we all please put the punk button on hold for a second and fall in love with Demi Lovato? The answer is YES. Yes we can. And here's why.
2015 was the year I decided that liking pop music is okay. And, well – whatever. I don't need to make excuses to justify my musical exploration. I think Demi Lovato's Confident is a freaking amazing album and I don't care who knows it.
It's a total pop-diva tour de force and hits all the right notes. So go ahead and enjoy. Start feeling creatively inspired by not caring who knows how much you love Demi Lovato.
And while you're at it, punch your old ways in the face with Demi's guidance.
I hope this little selection helps re-ignite your creative energy.
Let me know when your creative slump is a TKO.
Have you got any suggestions to add? I want to hear them!
Until next time,
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