Rain is inevitable. It’s also a great time to be all introspective-ey and whatnot. Please don’t write bad poetry about rain hitting your windowpane; it’s never a good look for anyone, and will be discouraged by any creative writing teacher you may have who is worth their salt. Even if you’re trapped indoors (on a day like this one), there’s no reason not to at least indulge in some super cool tune-age. Whether you’re reading, daydreaming, or just lying around the house in a sugar coma-induced stupor, here’s some of our favourite rainy day music.
O’ Venezia Venega Venusia — Nino Rota: Off of the soundtrack of one of our favourite films, Fellini’s Casanova, this ethereally unsettling track is the perfect way to start an anything-but-ordinary indoor day.
Clouds Up — Air: Air’s delicate yet devastating compositions for the Sofia Coppola film The Virgin Suicides, take us back to sunny days walking in ostentatious, uptown neighbourhoods. Note: Coppola filmed in Toronto, so perhaps on a less rainy day (venture out with your umbrella if you’re daring), maybe you can find out which one it is?
Woodstock — Austra: Katie Stelmanis and co. do a twinkling, subterranean rendition of this Joni Mitchell tune. Perfect for drinking hot jasmine tea by the window-sill, just watching life go by.
Skin — Grimes: Sweet, and a little bit sensual––Grimes’ “Skin” is one pretty rad make out track. So invite your crush over for some cookies, and don’t do anything that we wouldn’t do.
Jynweythek Ylow — Aphex Twin: Another amazing Sofia Coppola pick. Part of the consistently immaculate soundtrack, Marie Antoinette, it’s the perfect stare out your window and dream about somewhere else song.
Lady Daydream — Twin Sister: “Lady Daydream” is the song that you play on the bus home after a particularly raucous evening. It allows you to slip in and out of sleep. And what better way is there to spend a rainy afternoon, than slipping in and out of sleep?
Bloodhail — Have a Nice Life: It’s criminal that so few people know about post-rock (don’t kill me on my terminology, music nerds!) band Have a Nice Life. Their LP Deathconsciousness melds a myriad of influences to create deep, dense atmosphere. With its booming bass, “Bloodhail” remains one of our favourite tracks; so, y’know…if you’re feeling mopey.
Hardest of Hearts — Florence and the Machine: Sometimes you need something anthemic to dance to. Just so that you don’t completely lose your afternoon to sleep-induced stupor. Florence delivers on all counts. So put on your best sheer skirts and jangly jewelry and dance like a banshee.
Dazzle — Siouxsie and the Banshees: Siouxie is amazing. Point blank. “Dazzle” is another one of those bombastic, crescendoing tracks that’ll wake you up if you’ve started to doze off.