Week 240: “Blafeldur” by amiina

Picking out a winter coat is a tricky business.

It’s tricky because you can’t test a winter coat in-store the way you can with other items like, just say, shoes. Doing a quick perimeter walk around the store in a potential pair of shoes usually gives you a pretty good idea of whether or not they’ll be comfortable. But with a coat, you can’t exactly ask the manager to put the temperature down to -12 degrees and pelt you with snow just to make sure you’ve made the right choice. There’s a certain leap of faith involved.

But once you’ve found the perfect winter coat, there’s nothing like it. Get it right and you’ll feel like you’re bringing the warmth of your living room with you wherever you go.

This song, by Icelandic group amiina, is the musical equivalent of a winter coat. In fact, it’s one of the coziest, fluffiest, most down-filled songs I’ve ever had the pleasure of wearing.

What makes this a beautiful song:

1. Amiina started out as a string quartet, and it really comes across in the way they use the horns.

2. The way the volume rises and falls gives the impression that the song is breathing.

3. It doesn’t exactly end by fading out…it kind of peters out, as if everyone ran out of breath at the same time.

Recommended listening activity:

Layering up.

Buy it here.