Playlist for the Hopeless Romantic


“People worry about kids playing with guns, and teenagers watching violent videos; we are scared that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands – literally thousands – of songs about broken hearts and rejection and pain and misery and loss.”
― Nick HornbyHigh Fidelity

If there is one thing I am familiar with, it is the mindset of the hopeless romantic; therefore it was inevitable that I would construct a playlist of modern themes for the victims of constant pining. This is not your typical compilation– I’ve peppered the mix with songs you’ll hear for the first time and maybe have heard in passing, but didn’t quite catch the title of. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: Threads of “dark” chords and folksy break-aways

1. Angel Olsen “The Waiting
2. Anna Calvi “Suzanne And I”
3. Chelsea Wolfe “The Warden”
4. David Lynch & Lykke Li “I’m Waiting Here”
5. Avi Buffalo “Jessica”
6. Nurses “Technicolor”
7. Saint Saviour “Tightrope”
8. Soley “Pretty Face”
9. Cocteau Age “Know Who You Are At Every Age”
10. Son Lux “Pyre”
11. Nurses “You Lookin’ Twice”
12. Tu Fawning “Wager”
13. Polica “Vegas”
14. Tricky “If Only I Knew”
15. Son Lux “Leave the Riches”

AllSaints Spitalfields

Established in London in the mid-to-late 1990s, AllSaints offers a Gothic look to mainstream 20-somethings and exceptionally well-dressed children (yes, children).  Intricately woven goods channel the Victorian era with color schemes strictly confined to greys, blacks, and other muted colors.  The neutral hues focus the viewer’s eyes on the quality of the cloth as well as its design.  In doing so, AllSaints successfully built a devoted customer base that excite (though you might not know it from their withheld facial expressions) over quiet triumphs rather than bold statement pieces.

Recently, the company began a Basement Sessions project, which features artists/musicians that fit the AllSaints mold.  Online shoppers don’t miss out on the great in-store music, because their site comes complete with a radio player (and free shipping!).

To suit the AllSaints enthusiast, we’ve compiled a playlist to accompany dress-up time at home or in shop via iPod 🙂

  1. Twin Shadow “Slow”
  2. Wild Beasts “Bed of Nails”
  3. When Saints Go Machine “You Or The Gang”
  4. Crystal Fighters “Xtatic Truth”
  5. Warpaint “Lissie’s Hear Murmur”
  6. The Veils “Calliope!”
  7. Telekinesis “Please Ask For Help”
  8. Austra “Lost It”
  9. The Duke Spirit “Lion Rip”
  10. Lykki Li “Youth Knows No Pain”
  11. The Antlers “Parentheses”
  12. St. Vincent “Year of the Tiger”
  13. James Blake “The Wilhelm Scream”