A Winged Victory for the Sullen: Minuet for a Cheap Piano

I have been listening to a lot of A Winged Victory for the Sullen over the past few weeks and I have become a fan of their minimalistic melancholy music. “Minuet for a Cheap Piano” is one of my favorite songs from their catalog. It is a quiet and somber tune that features a beautiful repetitive piano riff. Check it out.

Mobb Deep: The Start of Your Ending

I have been real busy lately with work and a much-needed vacation. When I heard that Prodigy from Mobb Deep had passed away, I was as shocked as the rest of the world. For a very long time, Prodigy was my favorite rapper. I had posters of the rapper and Mobb Deep on my wall when I was in high school. I bought every single Mobb Deep album and listened to it on a daily basis.

I bought every single Mobb Deep album and listened to it on a daily basis. “The Infamous” is still one of my favorite hip hop records with its portrayal of 90’s New York life. The album featured some of the most introspective and no-nonsense lyrics that showed that this duo was to be listened to.

Many hip-hop fans say that “Shook Ones Pt. II” is the best record from the album, but for me, it’s the opening track. “The Start of Your Ending” has a laid-back beat that definitely feels like New York. Havoc delivers one of his best verses on the song the Prodigy comes in and wrecks the track. Check it out.

Death Cab for Cutie: Your Heart is an Empty Room

Death Cab for Cutie’s Plans came at a pivotal point in my life. I had just graduated high school and I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I knew that I couldn’t remain in my hometown and that I wanted to do something with meaning.

Plans helped me try and figure out life and also reflect on what I had accomplished to that point in my life. Ben Gibbard’s lyrics were both searching and melancholy and kept me wondering on the many possibilities before me.

“Your Heart is an Empty Room” is one of my favorite tracks from the album with its simple guitar chords and Gibbard’s sad lyrics that somehow makes the song upbeat. Check it out below.