Musically, I've always had a bit of a penchant for the downtempo and morose. In college, I had a radio show called "Pump Up the Valium" where I played a healthy dose of bands like Portishead, Low and Air. A few years later, I resurrected the show late nights on WLUW and dove even further into the realm of dark and obscure electronic music. That show was called "Halcyon Nights" (inspired by the Orbital song, "Halcyon On and On") and my plan was always to relaunch it here on Radio Free Chicago. Inspiration to finally record some new material struck this past weekend while seeking refuge from all the snow and ice, but when I was done I realized I didn't really want to use the Halcyon name anymore.
Besides the fact the show was no longer relegated to the wee hours of the night, I decided I wanted to start with a clean slate and tweak the format of the show a bit. Overall, the mood is the same, but I thought it would be a good idea to insert some more daytime-friendly vocal tracks into the mix as well. So here's the end result of the first new session, featuring tracks from electronic staples like Massive Attack, UNKLE, Royksopp as well as suave pop stylings from the likes stylings of Dean & Britta, Peter Bjorn & John and Jeff Buckley:
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