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The Firstpost Playlist: Progressive metal, noisense and a little bit of jazz

And we are back! After two weeks of theme-based playlists, we once again bring you our signature eclectic list. From progressive metal to Nepali-African Jazz and two songs perfect for listening to before Sunday’s Euro 2016 final between Portugal and France, this weekend’s FP Playlist is bound to have you tapping your feet.

Wolves Of The Timberline (2004) by Agalloch/Nest

They are often referred to as dark and atmospheric. What Agalloch always certainly has been, is original. Although quite capable of producing absolute nonsense and noise (let's call it noisense), the band has at times summoned the Opeth-like nerve in them to produce string-solos and fusions that are almost contradictory to what they had become of late. It is, only coincidental, that this song is being shared a month after the band officially broke up. But in the album 2004, with the ambient group Nest, they served this beauty that had in an atmosphere of dark brooding spaces, not too removed from the pathos that usually sustains metallic music, and the ambient put to rest.

— Manik Sharma

Blind Side by Skyharbour

Dedicated to all the lost souls out there, searching for some sun, metaphorical or literal in this hazy monsoon. This new song by US/Indian progressive metal band Skyharbour is beautifully haunting and the lyrics strike an emotional nerve that I can't put my finger on. The band also saw a new vocalist recently, and he fits right into the band. The production of this song (which is great in my opinion) was done by one the band members Keshav Dhar as well. I'm also a sucker for band videos that feature their journeys on tour, another reason why I like this track!

— Siddhi Desai

Hip Break (Back to the Roots) by Cadenza Collective

Presenting to you the Cadenza Collective from the heart of Kathmandu. This band forms the core of Nepal's jazz scene and defines its music as Nepali Afro-Jazz. Navin Chettri, the lead vocalist, and his friends started the band in 1998 and have been popular in the South-Asian jazz scene ever since. The band is heavy on the bass and saxophone and all their songs are in Nepalese. The songs have an upbeat happy vibe to it. The language might be foreign, but if sax is your thing, the rhythm is going to get you.

— Ankita Maneck

The Veldt (feat. Chris James) by Deadmau5

The Veldt, by Deadmau5 and Chris James, fits what it's named after: science-fiction writer Ray Bradbury's book of the same name. The lyrics are loosely based around the plot where two children in the future devise a virtual world for themselves.

The song has a clean tempo with consistent vocals that keep the mood at mellow-high.

This isn't a song that you would force someone to listen to, it has an intensely personal quality to it — the rhythm, the beats become yours to interpret.

— Vishnupriya Bhandaram

How We Gonna Stop The Time (Monitor 66 Remix) (feat. Stee Downes) by Kraak & Smaak

This week has a been a hard one for news. We had the Dhaka attacks, the attacks in Saudi Arabia and then the shootings in Dallas to jolt us out of our little rose-tinted cocoons. It's difficult to hold onto things positive in times like these. But music will always come to your rescue (as the cliche goes).

If you need something to lift your spirits this week, but not in an obvious way, all you need to do is listen to this channel on Youtube called Majestic Casual, which true to its name, is a compilation of all things majestic and casual. The music is soothing, and distracting, and best for playing in the background over the weekend, when all you want to do is vegetate at home.

My pick for this week is Kraak & Smaak's How We Gonna Stop The Time (monitor 66 remix). We all have our happy places, right? For someone it could be a spot overlooking the hills, for someone else it could on the dining table chatting with their mother. For me, it's standing in front of Ashwem Beach in Goa at dusk. There's this point in the beach where the ocean water merges with the backwaters, and forms a little mini pool of its own, which because of the currents of water, becomes a sort of hot tub.

How We Gonna Stop The Time is the perfect background score for your happy place. This week especially, you need this song.

— Swetha Ramakrishnan

Morning Glory (D Sardy Mix) by Oasis

Since the Euro 2016 final takes place this Sunday, it only makes sense to add a song that gained its notoriety in Goal! (remember Santiago Munez?)

Oasis needs no introduction. The now-defunct British rock band defined the sound of ’90s English music and amidst a flurry of hits, a song of theirs that went under the radar for quite a while was Morning Glory. This particular version of the song is an upgrade on the original as the remix has a better sounding version of the drums and brings out the bass guitar in the background.

A reason why Morning Glory may have slipped under the radar was because of the massive success of some of the other songs in the album like Wonderwall, Don't Look Back In Anger and Champagne Supernova.

As France take on Portugal on Sunday for the Euro 2016 title, one can almost imagine Cristiano Ronaldo putting on his Beats headphones, playing this track right before going out onto the Stade de France pitch and probably do what a certain Argentinian counterpart has failed to do on four final occasions. And no, it hasn't got anything to do with paying one's taxes.

Happy listening!

— Shashank Nair

Autre Temps (Les Voyages de L'Ame) by Alcest

If German is the default of language of angry heavy metal, then French is the language of profundity. Put slightly differently, the French language does to sentiment what black-and-white photography does for images.

Also, while I was originally going to use a German track, considering the result of Thursday night's Euro 2016 semi-final, it was going to have to be a French one.

So who better than French death metallers-turned-shoegazers Alcest to carry the ol' Tricolore?

And if it's melancholy you're after this weekend — maybe you're still mourning how Germany fell away in the semis — nobody does it better. Try these lyrics:

Mais notre monde érodé restera le même
Et demain toi et moi serons partis
(As this weatherworn world remains the same,
And tomorrow, you and I will be gone)

As for the music itself, I don't speak French, so attempting to describe it would be nowhere near as profound as a track of this quality deserves.

— Karan Pradhan

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