Team Picks: Our Comfort Albums & Playlists During Quarantine

Team Picks: Our Comfort Albums & Playlists During Quarantine
Team PicksApril 20, 2020

One thing that’s been helping the Sofar Sounds team through these challenging times? Music, of course. We asked our team members to chime in with the albums and playlists that they have on repeat during isolation. Whether you’re perfecting your sourdough recipe, learning to WFH effectively, washing the dishes for the millionth time, staring into the abyss, or fighting much harder battles, we hope these albums help you through the ups and downs we’re all feeling right now.

Fiona Apple | Fetch the Bolt Cutters

It's a moment in music history and we get to experience it in real-time. It's brilliant and I love it and I look forward to listening to it sitting silently with the lyrics in front of me like I'm studying it for a test. Just amazing and it's not even a day old to me! — Billy, Chicago

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Pool Cosby Discography

My NYC apartment doesn’t have a dishwasher, and now that I’m eating three meals a day at home I find myself doing dishes seemingly constantly. I put Pool Cosby on shuffle, and let their chill lo-fi vibes get me through those mundane activities. It makes an otherwise daunting task pretty calming and sets my mind at ease. — Maddie, NYC

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My Analog Journal YouTube Channel

I put this playlist on my tv and it makes me feel like I have a personal DJ in my living room serving up the coolest rare songs from around the world. I can feel like I'm traveling to Turkey, Japan and Cuba all in a day. — Brandy, São Paulo

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Alex Delaney | All the Playlists

I've been obsessed with Alex Delaney from Bon Appetit's playlists, for obviously all the cooking. — Brandy, São Paulo

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Four Tet | Sixteen Oceans

This has been perfect get-through-your-inbox music for me. It grooves, it surprises and flows and it's super fun to listen to attentively or bop around while getting shit done. It's my productivity music during work and in the kitchen cooking too! — Billy, Chicago

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Bruno Major | Nothing

A few weeks ago I played this record for the thousandth time. It’s about doing absolutely nothing productive at all and just lounging around with your partner. So I asked my partner to slow dance with me since COVID-19 has forced stillness upon us, this is something rare for two young New Yorkers. I looked up and she was crying. Aww man now I'm crying. (Editor’s note: now we’re crying.) — Jason, NYC

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Father John Misty | Fear Fun

Moving back to SoCal, I’ve found myself going back to albums I loved in college (memories of simpler times I suppose), including Father John Misty, MGMT's Oracular Spectacular and Gorillaz' Plastic Beach. —Christina, San Diego

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Pinegrove | Marigold

I've been listening to this record nonstop. It's definitely an in-my-feels listen and it's helped me process and channel some of my quarantine angst in my day-to-day life. — Mara, NYC

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Maren Morris | The Middle

I've basically become obsessed with this EP (even though it's kind of old now) and I dance around my living room to it singing using the TV remote as a pretend mic acting like I'm half my age (cue joy). — Kristy, London

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Bill Withers | Live at Carnegie Hall

It was so sad to lose such a legend but hearing him perform some of his great songs live and feel the energy of his performance had been grounding. “I Can’t Write Left-Handed” really sends me inward. He speaks for about 2 minutes before even beginning to sing and just the sound of his voice calms me. I highly recommend it for anyone in need of a musical embrace! — Jenn, NYC

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Tomo Nakayama | Melonday 

He's been in the scene a long time, part of different projects, and this is his latest solo release and it's just SO good. I took a drive on a sunny day to this one. Good for bopping. — Shannon, Seattle

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Stevie Wonder | The Definitive Collection

Listening to Stevie Wonder sing “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” always brings me back to cooking in my Mother’s kitchen, the two of us sneaking spoonfuls of whatever’s on the stove. When I’m missing her or just having a bad day, his voice is exactly what I need. — Mara, NYC

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The Strokes | The New Abnormal

I listened to this while doing a jigsaw puzzle the other day, and the title seems oddly fitting for the time. — Shannon, Seattle

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Broken Social Scene | You Forgot It in People

This has been a true quarantine album for me because it helps me calm down and winds me up all at once. It's beautiful, melancholy and human, and it doesn't hurt that most tracks are a total bop.— Billy, Chicago

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Ethiopiques, vol 21: Emahoy

I start every single day with this record and without fail, the beautiful solo piano music sends me into a state of relaxation, forgetting everything that's happening beyond the walls of my apartment. Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou is an Ethiopian Nun with a fascinating life story, plus she's still kicking at the ripe age of 96! — Adam, NYC

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Peach Pit | You and Your Friends

It's been really sunny in Seattle and these vibes are great. They also keep me feeling up even when times are hard.— Shannon, Seattle

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We’re holding on to the belief that music brings people together, even in isolation. Find more music recs, interviews and playlists on the Sofar blog, and don’t forget to tune into the Sofar listening room every day for amazing live performances from artists all over the world.

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