Oh High Violet by The National. This is the go-to album for this mini series about the rituals of the Autumn/Winter cusp season. I didn’t even have to think about it.
Every year, on the first cold, rainy, dreary day we have, this is the album that I play. It’s dark, beautiful, lonely, comforting and mysterious. As the days are shorter and nights start earlier, this is the perfect album to curl up to.
I had the opportunity to see The National in 2011, and ironically, they were unbelievably loud and thunderous. It was such a contrast to the mellowness of their studio recordings. I highly recommend seeing them if the opportunity presents itself. I’m not sure I’ve ever witnessed such an unexpected dichotomy in a band, but it’s fantastic.
If you haven’t dared do it yet, go make yourself a Hot Toddy and put this album on your stereo. You can buy it here.