Moody Guitar Rock

It’s been awhile since I’ve written a post about music that no one is going to read. I’ve been thinking about this one for awhile and am finally mustering up enough energy to write it. This time I’m talking about some recent(ish) songs featuring moody guitar rock. I love the sort of gloomy sounds being created in these songs.

Lo Moon was my new band obsession at the end of 2017. I love every song they have available on Spotify (all 4 of them). I can’t wait until their full album comes out on February 23. I’m still super bummed that I missed the Live Lunch concert they did at WTMD towards the end of last year. I was fully planning on taking a long lunch and going up for it, but then I had to be manager in charge for literally those few hours so I couldn’t leave the building. Hopefully they make it back to Baltimore for a full on concert some time soon.


The War on Drugs put out one of my favorite albums of 2017. They are nothing but good for moody guitar rock. I mean in some respects a lot of their songs sound very similar, but I’m here for that sound so I don’t care.

I’m fudging a bit with the last one because while Nathanial Rateliff and the Night Sweats are guitar rock you can’t generally consider them very moody. I feel like the first single off their forthcoming new album takes a turn from the completely jaunty sounds of their first album to something slightly moodier in its undertones. I’m really liking it.

2017 Playlist

In 2016 I made a song a day playlist of songs from any time that happened to strike me on any particular day. I didn’t always remember to do it, I had a hard time figuring out a new song for each day, and only wound up with 363 songs so I missed a few days. I decided that was less enjoyable than I hoped it would be and I’d probably wind up with a lot of the same songs if I did it again, so I went with a different strategy for 2017.

This year I made a playlist of songs released in 2017 that I particularly liked. I didn’t always remember to add to it on a regular basis so there was a bit of me rushing to add songs I liked towards the end of the year. I did like this approach though. I relistened to the playlist the other day and it seemed like a nice encapsulation of the year in song to me. Granted there are a number of pop songs on it that I added early-ish in the year that I am extremely tired of at this point, but a little further removed it will be fun to see what songs I was listening to in 2017. I’m going to try and do this again for 2018 too just hopefully a little bit more regularly throughout the year.