KIT : A PLAYLIST – MUSIC FOR THE MOUNTAINS

Okay, so maybe this is cheating a little but surely music is a vital piece of KIT when making your way to the mountains or a weekend getaway? Whenever I’m heading off for a day in Snowdonia, I aways think of the music I’m going to play on the way there. I can remember the songs I played when I found out my first born was on the way and I headed for Crib Goch to get my head round it all. On the way, I sat on The Horns with the phone to my ear as I’d forgotten my headphones, shielding the music from the wind so I could hear it. Ordinarily, I never listen to music once I’m on a walk but I felt that certain songs could help me make some sense of it all on that occasion and it did.

I’ve compiled a playlist of songs that provide a cinematic soundtrack for a trip through the wilderness. Most are instrumentals while others have a link to mountains, nature or Wales itself. You may notice that it ends with a hat-trick of songs by the amazing Yucatan. Aside from them being one of my favourites, for this particular record called ‘Above the mountain’s summit’ they placed a transmitter on Snowdon where you could stream the album on the mountain for a week before its official release. In a sad twist of fate, their drummer, Iwan Hughes, tragically lost his life on Tryfan in January.

Here’s the playlist and please let us know what you think and if you used it.

 

Bendith – Dinas

Bendith - Dinas

Goldmund – The Ballad of Barbara Allen

Goldmund - The Ballad of Barbara Allen

Above the Earth, Below the Sky – If these trees could talk

Above the Earth, Below the Sky - If these trees could talk

Jonsi & Alex – Daniell in the Sea

Jonsi & Alex - Daniell in the Sea

Michael Head and The Red Elastic Band – Cadiz

Michael Head and The Red Elastic Band - Cadiz

Young Mountain – Happiness : We’re all in it Together

Young Mountain - Happiness : We're all in it Together

Alt J – Warm Foothills

Alt J - Warm Foothills

Badly Drawn Boy – Stone on the Water

Badly Drawn Boy - Stone on the Water

Bill Ryder Jones – The Reader (Malbork)

Bill Ryder Jones - The Reader (Malbork)

Bill Ryder Jones – Moel Famau

Bill Ryder Jones - Moel Famau

Bon Iver – Holocene

Bon Iver - Holocene

Build an Ark – Love, Sweet like Sugarcane

Build an Ark - Love, Sweet like Sugarcane

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – Moonlight in Vermont

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Moonlight in Vermont

Galwad y Mynydd – Niwl y Mor

Galwad y Mynydd - Niwl y Mor

Mocky – Birds of a Feather

Mocky - Birds of a Feather

Mountain – Mississippi Queen

Mountain - Mississippi Queen

Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm – Love and Glory

Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm - Love and Glory

Quantic & His Combo Barbaro – The Dreaming Mind, Pt.1

Quantic & His Combo Barbaro - The Dreaming Mind, Pt.1

Richard Hawley – The Ocean

Richard Hawley - The Ocean

Slow Meadow – A Distant Glow

Slow Meadow - A Distant Glow

Super Furry Animals – Mountain People

Super Furry Animals - Mountain People

A Winged Victory for the Sullen – Galerie

A Winged Victory for the Sullen - Galerie

Yucatan – Uwch Gopa’r Mynydd  /  Llyn Tawelwch  / Cwm Llwm

Yucatan - Uwch Gopa'r Mynydd  /  Llyn Tawelwch  / Cwm Llwm

 

Tracklist

Riceboy Sleeps – Happiness

Bendith – Dinas

Goldmund – The Ballad of Barbara Allen

Above the Earth, Below the Sky – If these trees could talk

Jonsi & Alex – Daniell in the Sea

Michael Head and The Red Elastic Band – Cadiz

Young Mountain – Happiness : We’re all in it Together

Alt J – Warm Foothills

Badly Drawn Boy – Stone on the Water

Bill Ryder Jones – The Reader (Malbork)

Bill Ryder Jones – Moel Famau

Bon Iver – Holocene

Build an Ark – Love, Sweet like Sugarcane

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – Moonlight in Vermont

Galwad y Mynydd – Niwl y Mor

Mocky – Birds of a Feather

Mountain – Mississippi Queen

Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm – Love and Glory

Quantic & His Combo Barbaro – The Dreaming Mind, Pt.1

Richard Hawley – The Ocean

Slow Meadow – A Distant Glow

Super Furry Animals – Mountain People

A Winged Victory for the Sullen – Galerie

Yucatan – Uwch Gopa’r Mynydd

Yucatan – Llyn Tawelwch

Yucatan – Cwm Llwm

 

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