Reverb for the gym - highly specific playlist suggestions sought
November 28, 2018 6:30 AM   Subscribe

So when I first started going to the gym, I sought out music that made me feel alienated and mechanical. But now I only want music that is melancholy with certain characteristics. And yet it also has to be, you know, work-out music. Examples inside.

Lately the only things I want to listen to at the gym are various Clientele songs, particularly Falling Asleep (mostly a Siegfried Sassoon poem!) and various Belle and Sebastian songs, particularly My Wandering Days Are Over.

Another example is Where Does The Sadness Come From by the Granite Shore - notice the churning and the fact that all my music recommendations come from The Quietus.

With The Clientele, I like the reverb-y chiming fullness of the tracks. They fill my ears and feel restful even when I'm around other people.

The Belle and Sebastian songs are sort of uptempo without being enthusiastic.

The songs I like have a steady sort of rocking-back-and-forth feel to them which makes them ideal for the rowing machine, for instance, and while they're not as fast as dance music they're not slow. Ideally, I'd like songs that are very steady in tempo or else speed up - no long slow bits in the middle, no matter how lovely.

I recognize that not all work-out music can be Siegfried Sassoon poems, but I also like that there's some complexity to the lyrics.

I expect that someone with a better knowledge of post-punk and nineties indie would probably know a lot of suitable music.

Before I was looking for songs to make me feel cold and distant. Now what I think I want is songs that you could use in some kind of melancholy montage of people hurrying in the rain at night in a city.
posted by Frowner to Media & Arts (13 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
The Bevis Frond: Will to Lose
posted by flabdablet at 6:37 AM on November 28, 2018

Also from Bevis Frond and maintaining a steady pace for nine minutes: Long Journey Into Light. Timbre might be a bit too harsh for you but I've always liked the lyrics.
posted by flabdablet at 6:49 AM on November 28, 2018

One last one. God Speed You to Earth
posted by flabdablet at 7:10 AM on November 28, 2018

Pretty much anything by Woodpidgeon
posted by Middlemarch at 7:54 AM on November 28, 2018

Pounding by Doves was my first thought.
posted by corvine at 8:09 AM on November 28, 2018 [1 favorite]

Teenage Winter by Saint Etienne
posted by rollick at 8:51 AM on November 28, 2018

"...melancholy montage of people hurrying in the rain at night in a city" is amazing. Here are a few that come to mind when I think of that description:

Line of Fire by Junip

Meet Me in the Woods by Lord Huron

Head Home by Midlake

Sleeping Sickness by City and Colour

Everything is Moving So Fast by Great Lake Swimmers
posted by fso at 8:54 AM on November 28, 2018

90s indie that might suit:
Bittersweet Symphony The Verve (with one of the all-time great videos)
Pure Morning Placebo
Stars - Dubstar
Street Spirit - Radiohead
posted by runincircles at 8:58 AM on November 28, 2018

Jesu's 'Silver' EP may be a smidge on the heavier side of melancholic shoegazey, but with a tempo that can fit a variety of workouts. I've tested it myself!
posted by FatherDagon at 9:09 AM on November 28, 2018 [1 favorite]

also, slightly off-piste: Underworld, e.g. Oich Oich
posted by runincircles at 11:19 AM on November 28, 2018

Robyn is perfect for this: Dancing On My Own, Call Your Girlfriend, With Every Heartbeat, Indestructible
posted by loriginedumonde at 2:23 PM on November 28, 2018 [1 favorite]

Yes but Robyn is perfect for literally everything, her new album is AMAZING
posted by juice boo at 11:38 PM on November 28, 2018

Frazey Ford - Done
posted by jillithd at 1:45 PM on November 29, 2018

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