I have been having a lot of trouble sleeping lately. I mean it’s not because something is bothering me or that I have a disorder or anything, but I have just been on the worst sleep schedule which prevents me from falling asleep at a normal time. During these late nights lying awake I have grown to fall in love with specific artists that somehow help me fall asleep even when I don’t feel the need to. Below are those specific artists that allow me to fall into the glorious, warm catacomb that is sleep. Sometimes when a song puts one to sleep it’s a bad thing but in the case of these songs, it’s actually quite the opposite.
1. “Slow Decay” – Dashboard Confessional
Dashboard Confessional is a staple in anyone’s rotation when one is trying to relax or maybe forget about a lost love. While “Slow Decay” is by no means the softest Dashboard song it is easily one of my favorites with it’s pounding bass line and very singable chorus, this track is top tier for Chris Carrabba. Somehow I can find solace in the final chorus that sees Carrabba pleading “Take me back where I belong/You swear that it’s safe here/There’s nothing to fear at all/Back where I belong/The pressure releases/If I just let down my guard.”
2. “Hospital” – Lydia
Lydia is a go to band for me whenever I’m in the mood to just chill. Leighton Antelman’s soothing vocal tone is enough to bring even the most wired of people down to a relaxed level. The track that stands out for me is the fourth track off of their stellar 2008 release Illuminate, “Hospital.” Antelman’s vocals shine brilliantly on this track as the verses calmly draw the listener in and then the chilling chorus hits and as Antelman belts “Watch the hospital that’s/Just across the street/From your apartment balcony/I’ll never ever leave there” I always feel myself drifting closer to sleep.
3. “I’ll Get By” – Pianos Become The Teeth
I know it must be a little peculiar to see a band from the screamo genre on this list but Pianos Become The Teeth’s “I’ll Get By” is very deserving for this list. As the band’s most reserved song on their latest LP The Lack Long After, Pianos listlessly tugs along with`soft guitar tones and light drumming backing Kyle Durfey’s desperate shouts. For a band that is known for heavier songs this one is definitely a great change of pace and ultimately lulls me to sleep nearly every night. A truly heartbreaking song, “I’ll Get By” is Durfey at his most vulnerable, more specifically as he shouts “I just wish I would have had/Ears for more than what you said/But I still feel the lack long after” as well as when he softly croons “Cause I could love and drown/In your god damn smile lines” I can’t help but empathize and maybe let out a little of the stress that loads on me during the day allowing me to finally go to sleep.