Luminous: a Playlist

By Olivia Bradbury, Illustration by Emma Meyler

If you listen closely, it is almost inevitable the voices behind these songs start to entrance you. With definitively strong yet mellow tones, they are almost chilling and feel like they are giving off a kind of luminous, otherworldly aura.

These are some of my all-time favourite singers, like, EVER. Maybe they are actually sirens of The Modern Age. Who knows? Florence, from Florence + the Machine, has mythological and symbols of the elements running through her discography ‘oh poor Atlas / the world’s beast of a burden’. Fleetwood Mac’s Rhiannon is about a Welsh Witch – Rhiannon is Celtic Goddess translated to be the Divine Queen. FKA Twigs’ choreography has her moving in a celestial manner and her Transcendental video is exactly as the title suggests. Grimes has mastered an astral theme in Visions’ sound that couldn’t be replicated by anyone other than @actuallygrimes herself. Kate Bush’s name has probably never, ever, been in a sentence without some otherworldly phrase put it alongside it. Kate Bush is even cited as the Original Goddess (O.G.) of Music with the hype surrounding her return last year. The Scandinavian Lykke Li and MØ find a similar harmonic, melancholic tone filled with both hope, explicitly symbolised as light, and despair symbolised as darkness  ‘And that’s what late night/City lights are there for/So let’s go get lost’, ‘Don’t burn my hope/don’t the moonlight leave’. 90 Mile Beach solely demonstrates the power of Ellie Roswell’s haunting voice over the climatic outbreak of the instrumental. With her band’s name, Wolf Alice, deriving from the short story by Angela Carter about the coming of age and breaking free from the daze the character, Wolf Alice, had been kept creating a parallel between the fairy tale and the band/song.


1. What the Water Gave Me – Florence + the Machine

2. Colour of Moonlight (Antiochus) – Grimes

3. Two Weeks – FKA twigs

4. Rhiannon – Fleetwood Mac

5. Cloudbusting – Kate Bush

6. Silver Line – Lykke Li

7. Gone and Found – MØ

8. 90 Mile Beach – Wolf Alice

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