Updated by The Wild Honey Pie on December 21, 2020
Whether you find peace in the tender vocals of Sufjan Stevens and Bon Iver or the lush instrumentals of Explosions in the Sky and BadBadNotGood, you can take a deep breath with our new playlist, Sound Mind. Curated lovingly with the help of our friends at Pacifica, this playlist is full of reverb-soaked guitars that linger over the gentle hums of synthesizers, taking time to appreciate the space between each note, encouraging you to close your eyes and take a step back. These songs don’t use flashing lights and other histrionic production techniques to demand your attention, but rather simply demand that you pay attention lest their quiet beauty get lost in the sea of noise on a busy day.
Mindfulness and meditation don’t always have to be such solitary practices, though. Beyond designing routines, tracking your mood and helping to set personal goals, Pacifica emphasizes the importance of a strong support community. Tracks from The Wild Reeds and boygenius (the supergroup formed by friends and indie prodigies Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus) feature intricate three-part harmonies and showcase a powerful form of songwriting relying on each member’s strengths and differences. Take solace in the words of someone who has been through it all before, like the eponymous Mary from a standout track by Yellow Ostrich — “Mary says it’s okay / She can see the future / Everything turns around.”