A few more than usual on this mid-winter selection, and a bit of something for everyone. Any tracks not linked are not yet available on iTunes.
1. “A COMET APPEARS” — The Shins
Gorgeous and melancholy, maybe my favorite track from Wincing the Night Away.
2. “ALL IN GOOD TIME” — Ron Sexsmith
Gather round for a taste of upbeat folk-pop from Canadian Sexsmith’s new one.
4. “IT’S ALL TRUE” (Escort Extended Mix) — Tracey Thorn
Beautiful new solo effort from Everything But the Girl singer Thorn.
5. “MAGENTA” — Arno Cost & Arias
Instrumental electro house dazzler getting attention on the dance floors of Europe.
6. “SAY IT RIGHT” — Nelly Furtado
Headphones do wonders for the cavernous feeling on this haunting track.
7. “HEART MADE OF SOUND” — The Soft Lightes
Don’t miss the video for this colorful guitar-twanged slice of optimism.
8. “PROPER EDUCATION” (Sebastian Ingrosso Remix) — Eric Prydz vs. Floyd
The Ingrosso remix pumps up an average revisit of this Pink Floyd number.
9. “STARZ IN THEIR EYES” (Trophy Twins Aftershow Mix) — Just Jack
Love the colloquial vibe on Just Jack’s tracks. This doesn’t disappoint in that area.
10. “A KIND OF PEACE” — Faithless featuring Cat Power
Lush and peaceful, a chill entry from Faithless.
11. “ONCE UPON A TIME” — Air
Brand new fairytale from the ethereal French scenesters.
12. “COLLARBONE” — Fujiya & Miyagi
Loving the perky, Japan-inspired tracks from this trio from Brighton, England.
13. “LISTEN UP” (Mstrkrft Re-Lick) — The Gossip
Cowbell and guitar shine on this spunky mix from Canadian electronica wiz Mstrkrft.
14. “IT’S NOTHING TO ME” — Lee Hazlewood
Warm, western strings swell on the 70-something songwriter’s final album.
15. “CRYING OVER” — Patty Griffin
Still on the fireside tip, look for this on her forthcoming album Children Running Through.
16. “MEDICINE” — Rara Avis
World music meets hip-hop on this dubby entry from Rara Avis.
All previously recommended “In Heavy Rotation” tracks can be found here.