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Music in the sauna revisited

Do people who enjoy sauna also share an interest in similar music?

This concept was re-pondered between sauna rounds during a recent Happy Hour sauna whilst streaming:

  • Bonobo.  British ambient.  Female vocal and instrumental inter twinings.
  • Tinariwan:  Sahara Desert Blues emanating with a trance from the hot sands of northern Mali.
  • Fela Kuti:  a sauna classic.  Sisu sonically brought forth through Fela’s power and his 23 member Egypt 80 band members.

There’s Argentina’s Juana Molina and Federico Aubele, who collaborated with Saunatimes mainstay Thievery Corporation.

There’s a nod to Scandinavia with Junip and some lighter doses of Bjork and Sigur Ros.

There’s Brazilian Gilberto Gil who stands on his own, surrounded by the friggin’ awesome Milton Nascimento and Jorge Ben.

There’s always room for reggae, most notably Lee “Scratch” Perry, dub lps. from King Tubby, Sly & Robbie, Agustus Pablo and artists influenced by this genre like Gorillaz, The Orb, and Daniel Lanois who produced seminal albums by Peter Gabriel, Willie Nelson,U2, Dylan, Peter Gabriel, and others.

There’s Americana like Bon Iver, Band of Horses and My Morning Jacket’s acoustic sets, plus The War on Drugs and spin off Kurt Vile.

And on a cold rainy sauna day in Ireland, Luka Bloom, Waterboys, and Van Morrison, are chill out partners between rounds in the garden all misty wet with rain.

And there’s more.

Just as how we can customize our hot room temperatures and chill out times, with our own sauna we can customize our sauna music.  Sweet tides.

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Music in the sauna revisited”

  1. I don’t care what the Finns say, I too love “sonic sisu” in the sauna! Some really fabulous recommendations here. I’ve test driven Bonobo and Tinariwan in my sauna… definitely second those recommendations. Can’t wait to check out the others on this list!

  2. MOZART Yup, the bad boy himself. Mostly the piano concerti. Never the vocal works. All the elegance of an elegant math proof and none of the false flourish of the romantics. Sink into it as the loyly sinks into you.

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