I see the New Year as a chance to start over — to reflect and evaluate on the year just passed and let go of the things that no longer resonate. In truth, every minute of each day begs that opportunity but it just feels more significant at the start of the year when calendars are still marked clean, and everyone around you has resolutions they want to keep too (safety in numbers!).
One of my biggest realisations over the last year is how important it is to start the day well. If you start your morning by being good to your mind, body and spirit, chances are the rest of your day will flow well, or you'll at least be equipped to roll with the punches. Keeping this in mind, my playlist is themed around embracing the sunrise and having a positive start, with a little wistfulness for the dreams snuffed out from the night before.
I kept to newer tracks in keeping with the step into 2016 but Awake by Tycho, released in 2014 has that lush atmospheric quality I associate with a beautiful sunrise, similarly with Be Svendsen's The Bar Tender and Bicep's Just. I interspersed these journey-like long instrumental songs with pensive yet feel good vocal tracks, paying no respect to genre because it's all good music to me. Tops is a band I just discovered and their dreamy number, Hollow Sounds of The Morning Chimes begged to be the first song. The Sun Rising by Haelos and Mabel's Know Me Better remind me of the trip hop I grew up with and listened to as the sun rose after clubbing all night. The last track, Interbloom by RÜFÜS DU SOL just came out and it's a journey in itself at 9.38 minutes, like a morning that takes you into twilight.