With the ongoing and ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic, it’s a crazy world out there right now, so it’s never been more important to band together. Self-isolation and social distancing are two of the most effective tools we have as a society to help fight COVID-19, but they’re also very difficult to undertake and they have very real, long-lasting consequences on the music and arts industries — some of which we aren’t even aware of yet. Our artists and our industry are already feeling the ripple effect, and things are only going to get worse before they get better.
Because of this, it’s up to us to use what we’ve got at our disposal to best represent and amplify our community and continue to tell artists’ stories. Purple Sneakers has always fiercely represented Australian music and our team are some of the best writers in the country, so we’re going to use our platform to continue doing what we do best: connect our community with the artists we love, and support artists by promoting their incredible music.
Music To Isolate To is an ongoing artist-curated playlist series by Purple Sneakers. We’ve asked some of our favourite artists ever to provide us with the ten songs they’re listening to while in isolation, and provide some commentary for their selections. We’ll be running these for the foreseeable future every Monday and Thursday, and you can follow the Spotify playlist which will be updated on these days right HERE. The idea is to not only promote artists who are curating the playlists, but to also promote those songs that mean a lot to them whether they be longtime classics or fresh new releases.
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The next artist in our Music To Isolate To series is THE JUNGLE GIANTS. With the release of the band's latest single, 'Sending Me Ur Loving', they entered a new era not just as one of the country's biggest bands, but one of the most promising acts around the world. Following on from the juggernaut that was their 2019 single, 'Heavy Hearted', and their career-defining (so far) 2017 record, Quiet Ferocity, they shifted their focus into most electronic/dance focused indie pop, and in doing so hit their stride as a formidable act creating music no one else is making right now. Throw in a jam-packed touring schedule that has taken them all over the globe in recent years, a vast and adoring fan base and chief songwriter Sam Hales showing no signs of slowing down when it comes to crafting electronic-infused indie pop bops and you've got yourself a winning combination and the makings of something truly great.
Taking over the reigns is guitarist CESIRA AITKEN. From pals like Confidence Man and Cub Sport to some classic tunes like a Jagwar Ma gem, this one is all about getting you feeling gooooood. Take a listen below!
Confidence Man - Does It Make You Feel Good
Still in love with this song after smashing it most mornings on a workout playlist. Shifts me right into a good mood and its also just really nice to hear your friends voices sometimes. Especially right now.
Pond - Moth Wings
My favourite Pond song ever. Takes me back to Falls 2013 surrounded by new friends who are my nearest and dearest now. Getting all sentimental being locked inside but I can’t help it.
Canyons - Apples and Pears
One to wind you down into the evening. Such a cheeky tune… That fuzzy guitar into the verse!? HOT.
Canyons - Will I See You Again
Sam played this to me only a month ago on the tour bus in the midst of a little party while we were driving to the next city. It’s such a gorgeous track. Reminds me of The Go-Betweens in the best way possible. It just has that sound of a song that’s been around forever. Also plays into the isolation theme a bit doesn’t it?
Cub Sport - Confessions
I absolutely obsessed with this song. A new sound for the Cubbies crew… That drum sound is especially awesome. I get goosebumps everytime Tim hits that big “! 2 3 4” count. So good.
Julia Jacklin - Don’t Know How To Keep Loving You
A song to show to someone who hasn’t heard it before. Such a stunner.
Brightness - Oblivion
Always find myself coming back to this song. It’s so pumping and moody. Pump you up or chill you out or make you cry. It just hits you.
Twin Rivers - Big Scary
I’d happily pop this entire record on this quarantine playlist. Red wine and play it start to finish.
Jagwar Ma - Uncertainty
Genesis Owusu - Good Times
One for the isolation gang out there who needs to lift the mood. Important to play this loud also.
Introduction by EMMA JONES