Flatline is a term I have become quite attached too these last days. I began to use this word for a specific playlist I created in my ipod, in this playlist one can find mellow music that borders on mellancollic but dosen't quite get there. I guess you have to listen to the songs to truly understand what I'm trying to explain here. But anyway, I've found myself listening incessantly to Calexico and Iron & Wine lately, I believe they're perfect 'flatline' material.
The notes, rythms and textures of these two bands blend perfectly with a with a silent retrospective mood. I personally like to enjoy these songs on my own, or quietly with a special someone. I actually think they can even fit into a 'farewell summer' playlist.
Either way, I hope you enjoy this mellow playlist as much as I do.
Calexico/ Iron & Wine - Burn that Broken Bed (In the Reins EP, 2005)
Calexico/ Iron & Wine - Sixteen, Maybe Less (In the Reins EP, 2005)
Calexico - Sonic Wind (Hot Rail, 2001)
Iron & Wine - The Trapeze Swinger (In Good Company OST, 2005)
Pram - The Pawnbroker
Ane Brun - This Voice
Lady & Bird - Walk Real Slow
Note: 'In the Reins' is a collaboration between Iron & Wine's Sam Beam and Calexico. The songs in this album explode with Beam's mellodious voice backed by Calexico's exotic blend of evocative horns, retro reverb guitars and profound harmonies. A real treat if you ask me
Image: 'In the Reins' album cover