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Alongside the announcement of her brand-new EP and new stargazing single “Hounds”, Maeve chooses 10trax to capture the feeling of driving at night.
Maeve on her selections: “I have picked 10 tracks that capture the essence of driving at night, which had been a major source of inspiration for my new EP. There is a sense of freedom, nostalgia and introspection that comes from being in cars and listening to music. I like to write music to drive to.” Dive in!
“A Real Hero” by Electric Youth, College
Setting the mood with “A Real Hero”, this is the ultimate drive-at-night song - famously featured in the movie ‘Drive’. Dreamy and hypnotic, it reminds me of cityscapes, red brake-lights and rainy drives.
“Welcome To My Island” by Caroline Polachek
This is a song I want to blast in the car (maybe in the back of a taxi) and belt with my friends.
“Twin Peaks Theme - Instrumental” by Angelo Badalamenti
I think this song is the most iconic TV theme song of all time. It exudes an alluring sense of longing and nostalgia that is both mesmerising and unforgettable. The build of the track is perfect - mournful electric guitar and those shimmering strings that crescendo. Timeless.
“Cherry-coloured Funk” by Cocteau Twins
Elizabeth Fraser’s voice is one of my favourites - angelic and otherworldly. This song transports me somewhere else. It makes me want to drive to a place that I’ve never been before and fills me with wanderlust.
“Kids In The Dark” by Bat For Lashes
Homage to 80s love songs - free and nostalgic.
“This Woman’s Work” by Kate Bush
Another one of my favourite voices. My favourite part is at 1:50 when everything goes quiet again and the focus is just on those backing vocals and her voice. Haunting and beautiful.
“A&W” by Lana Del Rey
“The Chair” by Angelo Badalamenti
Another one from my favourites by Badalamenti. The textures, the way the chords move. Mysterious, dark, and romantic.
“A House In Nebraska” by Ethel Cain
I love how this track takes its time to build. There is no rush and the song is almost eight minutes long - I find myself naturally writing longer pieces of music myself. The longing in the lyrics takes me back to the small town where I grew up and reminds me of leaving home.
“Love Theme” by Vangelis
Closing with “Love Theme” by Vangelis is from one of my favourite films of all time and the master of rainy cityscapes, ‘Blade Runner’ (1982). Dystopian and nostalgic, it takes me to a sleazy smokey room in a city.