It’s everyone’s favourite season and for good reason …
1) Paolo Nutini ‘Autumn’
Whereas the New Year brings fresh resolution, autumn is most definitely for taking stock. Once the year tips into September we know the rest of the season will soon speed by, taking us tumbling into winter. Its transience gives it that bittersweet taste. Nutini’s ‘Autumn’ captures that feeling of ‘mono no aware’.
2) Nick Drake ‘Time of No Reply’
‘Summer was gone and the heat died down, and autumn reached for her golden crown, I looked behind as I heard a sigh, but this was the time of no reply.’ If ever there were an artist that evoked autumn it would be Nick Drake: wistful, fragile, bare, intimate, and elegant.
3) Vashti Bunyan ‘Rose Hip November’
If Nick Drake has the monopoly on mists and mellow fruitfulness, Vashti Bunyan is best kept for those crisp, clear, chilly days. Put on fingerless gloves and take her berry picking for jams and gins.
4) Martha Tilston ‘Red’
Early autumn sets the isles ablaze: flame-coloured trees, rosy noses, wind-chapped cheeks, and fiery skies. ‘Red’ weaves folk-tale into a campfire ballad. Listen closely and you’ll hear Martha zipping up the tent when she’s done.
5) Anais Mitchell & Ani Difranco ‘Our Lady Of The Underground’
From folk-tale to mythology: introducing Persephone, Queen of the Shades, from Anais Mitchell’s ‘Hadestown’. According to the Greeks, there ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone. This will be playing in a basement bar; perfect for sheltering from a wet, dark evening. Order yourself another whiskey mac and settle in for the night.
6) The Dandy Warhols ‘Orange’
The Dandy’s ‘Orange’ is the musical equivalent of an Instagram filter; proper ear treacle. A song for your duvet stupors on those surprisingly chilling mornings.
7) Gorillaz ‘November Has Come’
Gorillaz ‘November Has Come’ takes us from cozy hibernation to cabin fever in its beat and melody.
8) The White Stripes ‘Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground’
Does exactly what it says on the tin. The best cure for an autumnal melancholy or lethargy is a good stomp. A tune for kicking up those there dead leaves on that there dirty ground.
Which leads me neatly to …
9) Led Zeppelin ‘Ramble On’
There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes … and bad music. Led Zeppelin ‘Ramble On’ is Gore Tex for the soul. Throw a sweater on, plug in your headphones and head out for a ramble.
Speaking of sweaters….
10) Meryn Cadell ‘The Sweater’
P.S. I’m yet to see jet planes meeting in the air to be refuelled but I live in hope.