Isn’t it great how sometimes you stay up way past your bedtime even when you know you shouldn’t, and then you can’t sleep when you try to catch up? It’s been that kind of week. Here’s a tribute to various forms of nocturnal distress, though it does not involve any REM songs.
Radiohead – “Melatonin”
Does taking melatonin actually help you sleep? I can’t tell anymore. A few years ago, I would listen to “Videotape” by Radiohead every night before going to bed, but maybe I should have chosen “Melatonin” instead. Taken from the 1998 EP Airbag/How Am I Driving?, it’ll put you completely at peace in just over two minutes.
Flume ft. Jezzabell Doran – “Sleepless”
Australia’s vibrant dance scene has been getting more and more attention, thanks in part to the talents of 22-year-old producer Flume. His self-titled album is one of the sharpest debut albums of this year, and “Sleepless” is half dreamscape, half insistent insomnia. Next week, Flume will release a collaborative EP with Chet Faker entitled Lockjaw.
Young Galaxy – “Sleepwalk With Me”
There are way too many bands whose names involve some form of the word “Young,” but fortunately, Young Galaxy’s worth remembering. The Montreal indie pop quintet put out the LP Aquamarine earlier this year, and “Sleepwalk With Me” is its charming closer. The track layers frontwoman Catherine McCandless’ gently soaring vocals over cozy, synth-laden production, like throwing another blanket on your bed before going to sleep.
Safety Scissors – “Somnambulance”
New York-via-San Francisco electronic producer Safety Scissors called his latest record In A Manner Of Sleeping, so of course there’s a tribute to sleepwalking on it. While the track is called “Somnambulance,” it sounds more like insomnia, glitchy and meandering. This may be for the kind of sleepwalker that goes some strange places and maybe starts eating a bar of soap with a knife and fork.
Beastie Boys – “No Sleep Till Brooklyn”
It’s the weekend, so who needs sleep anyways? Even if you’re not partying eight days a week like the Beastie Boys in 1986, “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” will make you feel like you can. You probably already know that this song is the equivalent of one of those adrenaline rushes that makes people lift up cars.