Far Away Trains

This mix was inspired by and supposed, in turn, to be inspiration for a short story I wanted to write. I had an idea for a tale about snow and Christmas and trains and loneliness and trying to find warmth, but it never managed to get finished. I think this set of songs captures the intended feel very well, and it is definitely the most quietly evocative mix I have ever made. It might be perfect for what it tries to do, and that’s make you sad, or at least contemplative and it might convince you it’s snowing outside and you need to pull that blanket a little closer around you.

1. Adem – Everything You Need from Homesongs (2004)
2. Kings of Convenience – I Don’t Know What I Can Save You from from Quiet Is the New Loud (2001)
3. Sun Kil Moon – Carry Me Ohio from Ghosts of the Great Highway (2003)
4. Josh Ritter – Come And Find Me from Golden Age Of Radio (2002)
5. Ulrich Schnauss – Passing By from Far Away Trains Passing By (2001)
6. Beth Orton – Sweetest Decline from Central Reservation (1999)
7. Espers – Daughter from Espers (2004)
8. Augie March – The Night Is A Blackbird from Strange Bird (2002)
9. Sufjan Stevens – John Wayne Gacy, Jr from Illinois (2005)
10. Alasdair Fraser & Tony McManus – Roslin Castle/Miss Gordon of Gight from Return to Kintail (1999)
11. Wilco – Hummingbird (Soma Version) from The Wilco Book (2004)
12. John Vanderslice – June July from Cellar Door (2004)
13. Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) from The Hounds of Love (1985)
14. The Arcade Fire – Neighborhood #2 (Laika) from Funeral (2004)
15. Portishead – Sour Times from Dummy (1994)
16. Radiohead – Let Down from OK Computer (1997)
17. Tom Waits – Time from Rain Dogs (1985)

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