Sam Sergeant – “The Long Way Round”

Much of this upstart's music favors texture and darker tones, but this lighter exploration is a welcome dose of warmth for winter.    

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Emiliana Torrini – “Serenade”

Considering the total population of the place, Iceland generates an astonishing variety of musicians. They boast a proud punk tradition, some bizarre in-between groups, neoclassical composers...and Emiliana Torrini. This sweet little song almost feels like a lullaby, but the lyrics' sobriety will probably make you think twice about calling it sappy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giMPPilet8Y