Best Soulful Music 2021

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Nivedita Rohmetra
Literature student who finds joy in simple things. An explorer by day and an escapist by night. I like exploring literature, music, books, and people around too. For me, writing is a great way to connect with people and remain in touch with everything that is happening around me. It is an aftermath of a lot of reading, which makes it even better.

Go to music albums and songs by independent and homegrown artists that will help you calm your soul midst all the drama this year is throwing at us!

There is something special about homegrown singers, songwriters, and musicians who hold their courage and indulge themselves in a musical endeavor all on their own. 2020 has given us a long period of hibernation, offering us time to escape into the world of art and music.

Connecting with artists and their music from around the world is a beautiful journey in itself. A cup of coffee and a new Spotify playlist is what keeps me sane during these times.

These artists remain untouched by marketing techniques and music promotions. Therefore, initially, the audience to such music is not as vast as music produced under any record label. However internet today serves as this amazing platform where no artist remains unknown provided the art touches audiences across the globe.

With music lovers discovering more music and listening more for the sake of maintaining sanity during these hard times, here are some of my latest favorites and go to music tracks:

Best Soulful Songs 2021

HOW TO MEND A BROKEN HEART –  AL GREEN

American singer, song writer, a personal favorite and his soulful music remains a post covid lockdown discovery. HOW TO MEND A BROKEN HEART and TIRED OF BEING ALONE are two songs you would love to listen while having a cup of coffee, or when taking a break from everything and everyone around.

HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART?

HOW CAN YOU STOP THE RAIN FROM FALLING DOWN?

Lyrics that make you question your aching soul and provide relief at the same time.

FLUME – BON IVER

FLUME and ROSALYN would give you the dreamy vibes with the enchanting mood of the songs. 

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8 – BILLIE EILISH

Her heart touching voice, lullaby sorta vibe of some songs, and when her voice meets ukulele strums, it is indeed perfection. 

8 and COME OUT AND PLAY are two of my go to tracks. 8 begins with her helium voice giving it a touch of nostalgia followed by intense and deep lower scale vocals, enough to help one go to bed after a long tiring day.

COME OUT AND PLAY is a cry to everyone out there to forget about their inhibitions and develop the confidence to bring out their creative side in front of the world.  Other personal favorites include XANNY and OCEAN EYES. 

I’ve been watching you for some time
Can’t stop staring at those oceans eyes

GO/COLD MESS – PRATEEK KUHAD

No Indian homegrown artist received as much fame as this much deserving artist who received international recognition and an amazing fan base. His debut album, IN TOKENS AND CHARMS came out with soul touching tracks, which helped him gain a certain audience. More songs and his popularity kept on increasing. His songs that I adore the most and remain GO, TUNE KAHA, RAAT RAAZI and undoubtedly COLDMESS which even made it to Barack Obama’s Favorite music list.

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THE NIGHT WE MET – LORD HURON

I had all and then most of you
Some and now none of you
Take me back to the night we met

This song probably starts playing in the background whenever you think of old love or maybe someone you lost. After its inclusion in the popular NETFLIX SERIES, 13 REASONS WHY the song was listed in many record charts in several countries making it globally acknowledged. 

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DREAM FOR DREAMING

THE BLOWER’S DAUGHTER

EVERYTHING I WANTED

PLEASE NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN

PALE BLUE EYES

MELODY NOIR

It is always impossible to pen down and categorize music based on one’s taste. The vibe and mood of a song is what matters the most to me. And, different moods call on for different music. 

Titanium – David Guetta ft. Sia

Grey’s Anatomy – Total Eclipse of the Heart | Jill Andrews 

Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars 

WHY INDIE?

The simplicity, rawness and soul of such music make it unique and relatable at the same time. Many streaming platforms enlist various songs and artists through different playlists. It helps in providing a larger audience by putting songs by new artists in front of new listeners.

With different streaming platforms, audio entertainment has opened new spaces and genres lately. Just as avid readers research around and look out for more literature and more stories ranging from classics to contemporary. The same way music is a vast universe of exploration ranging from classic pop, jazz, rock, hip hop, blues, heavy metal and more.

When it’s about INDIE SOUL MUSIC I recognize music which is more personal, independent of big record labels, movies, or promotions, simple and straight from the heart. Thoughts and emotions intertwined with light instrumentals in the background are what we all need sometimes.

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