Even if you’re running a “cool” café in town, the loudest and hippest music may be a deal breaker if your customers are trying to chat with each other. However, background music that’s not generic, boring or whiny can be quite hard to come by.
ICYMI: I wrote a piece a few weeks back on all the pros of playing tunes in your café – read it here.
Here are five albums to tune in at your café:
Most traditional singer/songwriters will make you want to punch someone in the face after a few hours of heartbreak and loss. American indie-folk duo The Weepies consists of the married couple Deb Talan and Steve Tannen, and their melancholic melodies, beautiful harmonies and cotton-smooth production makes their music almost impossible not to like. The Weepies recently released their fifth studio album Sirens, but personally, I hold Hideaway from 2008 as their strongest to date.
British producer Simon Green managed to capture electronic music in a truly timeless manner on his fifth album The North Borders on classic record label Ninja Tune. With vocal guest appearances from Grey Reverend, Erykah Badu, Szjerdene and Cornelia, the album stands out from many other generic electronica releases. I think that if you like The XX, Four Tet and Burial you’ll most probably like Bonobo as well.
What started out as a side-project for a couple of established and wildly talented Swedish musicians and producers, is now a popular entity of its own. With a quite unique blend of seventies prog, ambitious pop compositions and straight-forward Swedish indie, Sky City has been a huge success. You might recognize Went To War, the beautiful single which was released already in 2013.
Some days, Icelandic duo Kiasmos and their self-titled full-legth debut album is all I can get work done to. Their atmospheric, string-infused, deep house enhances focus and creativity, while having the potential to bring emotions and memories to the table − if you let it.
Scarlett’s Tom Waits cover album was widely famous around this time, but I personally argue that Break Up together with indie artist Pete Yorn is much more fun to listen to. Despite its theme, the album is full of clever pop melodies and a refreshing energy that comes from not overthinking music too damn much.