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10 Albums That Are Perfect For A Rainy Day!!!

Depeche Mode – Playing The Angel

I’ve never hidden my love for Depeche Mode, the electronic band that not only survived the 80’s but is still incredibly popular and relevant today. Their music is catchy yet dark, throbbing with melancholy and nostalgia. The 2005 album is one of my all-time favorite albums and, much like Terminal Twilight, is an album that I can start on track 1 and leave to play throughout.

Opeth – Damnation

More known for blending the progressive jazz/rock/folk of the 60’s and 70’s with modern black and death metal, Opeth is nonetheless still widely recognized for writing gorgeous mellow tracks. While the band was initially very nervous issuing Damnation, especially only a few months after what many hail as their heaviest album (Deliverance), their fears were unfounded as the fan base not only accepted but in fact embraced the metal-absent release. It’s a rich, organic, warm album that features some stunningly beautiful moments while maintaining an air of sadness.

Katatonia – Night Is The New Day

A truly mesmerizing album, Night Is The New Day is a work of art, one that practically demands the full attention of the listener. I wasn’t as taken with The Great Cold Distance as I had been by Viva Emptiness, so hearing the work on NITND was nothing short of a thrill. This along with with In Absentia are the two albums that feature heaviness that may seem out of place with the rainy day theme. However, in context, it fits entirely.

King Cobb Steelie – Mayday

This group, along with White Willow, are perhaps the least known on this list, which is a near criminal shame. King Cobb Steelie’s Mayday sounds like a mix of Portishead and Depeche Mode, mixing in snappy trip hop-esque beats with electronic landscapes, clever guitar work, enchanting vocals, and more that can only be appreciated with a full listen. But what drew me into this album was the usage of real life ambient sounds, such as rusty doors squealing shut, being used in the background of tracks. The unexpected sounds added in whole new depths to the music, mixing music with the natural world around me.

Akira Yamaoka – Silent Hill 2 OST

I honestly can’t tell you the number of times I’ve listened to this album. Easily in the hundreds, that’s for sure. Yamaoka weaved a glorious soundtrack, one that still haunts and entrances people to this day. He took the near industrial ambience of the original soundtrack and gave it a haunting musical depth that I’d, to that point, never heard nor experienced before. Even today, when the thunder is rumbling and the sky is pouring and streaks of rain slide down my windows like tears, I put this album on and just lay back to enjoy the moment.

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  • Herodias

    For me, a rainy day isn’t complete without some Jay-Jay Johanson.

  • xterminal

    Merzbow, Agni Hotra
    Kiyoshi Mizutani, Scenery of the Border
    Socom, Infrastructure Zero

    …all use samples of rain/storms in some of their pieces, which creates an obvious link. As far as the mournful factor, I go with…

    Raven’s Bane, Sorrow Breeds
    Lycia, Ionia
    Gorecki, Symphony No. 3

    That’s the same Porcupine Tree album my wife used to introduce me to them years ago, and I feel exactly the samw way about it, BTW.

    • xterminal


      • JonathanBarkan

        I bought it because I liked the album artwork. To this day it’s in my Top 10 albums ever. I never get sick of it.

  • Chaybee1

    Tricky Pre-Millenium Tension (yep, over Maxinquaye)
    Portishead – Portishead (only over Dummy becuase it’s darker)
    Massive Attack – Mezzanine
    Boards of Canada – Music has a Right to Children
    Alpha – Come From Heaven
    Dj Shadow – Entroducing
    Miles Davis – Ascenseur Pour L’Echafaud
    Deepchord Present’s Echospace – The Coldest Season
    The Sight Below – Glider (or) It all Falls Apart
    Fantomas – Delerium cordia

    and most recently – Forest Swords – Engravings
    oOoOO – Without your Love
    Andy Stott – Luxury Problems
    Holden – The Inheritors
    Young Echo – Nexus

    • Milk

      Endtroducing is a great moody album.

  • 100% agree with Portishead, I’d also suggest Dj Krush – Jaku, Deftones – Around the Fur, and in case of a hurrcane, Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza – Danza 4

  • Es-meister

    Really great list man. You’ve got good taste in music.
    And thanks for introducing Petter Carlsen. Great stuff!
    For me, a lot of the doomier stufff is great for rainy days. Albums such as
    October Tide – Rain without end
    Ahab – The Giant
    God is an astronaut – All is violent, all is bright
    Sólstafir – Svartir Sandar
    Les Discrets – Ariettes Oublieés..

    • JonathanBarkan

      Oh yeah, Doom is fantastic for those dark, dreary, miserable days. It just fits the mood perfectly.

  • Zombi215

    def agree w/ opeth, must add the crow ost, storm by assemblage 23, and mortician if it’s a thunderstorm

  • Lonmonster

    I don’t know a lot of these albums, but I love all the songs you posted. I’ll have to get my hands on some of these.

    • JonathanBarkan


  • Mr.Mirage

    Geez, I own several of these. Steve Wilson is a prophet of God (or whatever)…

    I was listening to Sunn O))) for a long time on rainy days, but the latest is a series of time-stretched tracks, totally ambient and ultimate shoe-gaze.

  • twisted

    IAM – Bol is an amazing album
    Apoptose – Bannwald, Schattenmaedchen
    Fields of Aplomb – Nekromanteia
    Midnight Syndicate – Carnival Arcane
    Dan Licht – Dexter complete soundtrack and score

  • lovezoid

    Funny, I was listening to Portishead ‘Third’ the other day for the first time in a while with a friend and we were discussing how ageless their music is, aside from a few of the production elements and songs like ‘Machine Gun’, the songs could’ve come out anywhere between the 60s and today.

  • sinjin_samhain

    The Cure – Disintegration

  • Milk

    Genelec & Memphis Reigns – Scorpion Circles
    Cunninlynguists – Southernunderground
    Atmosphere – Lucy Ford

    Just sayin.

    • JonathanBarkan

      I haven’t listened to those. I’ll be sure to check them out!

  • silenthillboy

    Mazzy Star – Among My Swan

    • JonathanBarkan

      Oooh, very nice.

  • Lou

    Damnation was the first I thought of when I saw this article. Great call on In Absentia too.

    I would also offer up the following…

    Lunatic Soul – S/T (side project from Riverside’s vocalist)

    Anathema – We’re Here Because We’re Here

    Pain of Salvation – 12 : 25

    • JonathanBarkan

      Nice ones!

  • Feonix

    Beck – Sea Change. You are welcome.

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