February 25, 2012 11:35 AM Subscribe
What is this very pleasant sensation I feel when hearing certain specific songs, and what are some more songs/artists that might produce it?
posted by jbickers to media & arts (23 answers total) 48 users marked this as a favorite
I noticed this first when we went to see "We Bought a Zoo." The score is by Jonsi, and I noticed that anytime the music would begin, a physical sensation of ... happiness came over me. Like, involuntarily smiling, and a kind of faint wash of pleasure over my brain and body.
I've since noticed that Jonsi's solo work does this to me, as does recent Sigur Ros (not so much the older darker stuff). The new Bon Iver also does this, particularly the song "Holocene."
What's going on here? Is it something to do with the chord progressions, the beat, the key, the instrumentation? And what are some more songs that might trigger the same reaction?