The best indie artists for those winter-weather days

My perfect day consists of baggy sweatpants, an old t-shirt, a good playlist and rain for days. (Also, Northern Lights Black Spruce in the diffuser. If ya know, ya know). If you’re new around here, winter is my absolute favorite season. As a Californian, the closest I get to cold weather is the occasional rain and thunderstorm. As per usual, I’ve been stalking the weather app the past week because rain is in the forecast (a miracle from up above, let me tell ya). I’m happy to report it finally rained the other night, so I’m happy as a clam! (How does someone know if a clam is happy? Who came up with that phrase?). In other words, I’m living my best life right now.

Most people have fun in the sun; I dazzle in the drizzle. (Literally just laughed out loud at that and felt like Snoop Dogg as I typed it. I think I’m tired).

Here are some of my favorite artists for those winter-weather days (plus my rainy day playlist down below because sharing is caring). Happy listening!

1. Bon Iver

Bon Iver is probably on everyone’s winter playlist, but there’s a good reason for that. Justin Vernon’s voice is earthy, emotional and everything I’d ever want for rainy day listening (or any weather, really).

Notables:

Holocene
Re: Stacks
Towers
Michicant
Skinny Love

2. dermot Kennedy

I stumbled upon Irish singer Dermot Kennedy sometime last year and I haven’t stopped listening to him since. No, really. I don’t think I’ve gone a day without listening to his discography — he’s that good! The singer-songwriter’s music is packed with grit and raw emotion (to say the least), and I have a feeling he’s going to be selling out stadiums sooner than you think.

Notables:

After Rain
Glory
All My Friends
For Island Fires and Family
Power Over Me
A closeness

3. novo Amor

Whenever I think of my favorite artists, Novo Amor immediately comes to mind. His voice is incredibly soothing and organic, and the music he creates is so pretty I could cry. I’m not kidding — Novo Amor’s musical catalog feels like a beautiful lullaby. Bonus points: he supports sustainability — just check out his video for “Birthplace.”

Notables:

From Gold
Emigrate
Anchor

4. Novo Amor + Ed Tullett

Beyoncé and Jay-Z? Peanut butter and jelly? Mario and Luigi? No, no, no. Novo Amor and Ed Tullett. Their musical styles intertwine so seamlessly, it’s a match made in heaven. Simply put, they’re one of the best duos of all duos in the history of duos that’ve ever duo-ed. (Say that five times fast). Praying for more of their collaborations in the near future.

Notables:

Silvery
Terraform
Faux
Alps

5. Sleeping At Last

Known by the moniker Sleeping At Last, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ryan O'Neal creates musical masterpieces. His songs are works of art, each one intricately detailed and full of depth. You may or may not hear him grace a “Grey’s Anatomy” episode every now and then, too.

Notables:

Saturn
Sun
I’ll Keep You Safe
Turning Page *cue all the Twilight nostalgia*

6. Ásgeir

Breaking news: Icelandic singer-songwriter Ásgeir is one of the most musically talented human beings I’ve ever heard. Listening to his music feels like a dream that I want to live in forever. P.S. all the songs below are in English, but he has Icelandic versions of them, too! I highly recommend both.

Notables:

Higher
Was There Nothing?
Torrent
I Should Live In Salt - The National cover

7. William Fitzsimmons

Singer-songwriter William Fitzsimmons is soothing acoustic music if I ever did hear it. If he’s not on any of your playlists, he needs to be! His music gives me heavy coffee shop vibes and I am here for it.

Notables:

Beautiful Girl
Goodmorning
Passion Play
Everything Has Changed
I Don’t Feel It Anymore (Song of the Sparrow)

8. noah gundersen

Last but not least, Noah Gundersen’s musical library is one I could spend hours combing through. Lucky for us, the indie-folk musician has released hit after hit the past decade, so I have no doubt you’ll find your Gundersen favorite soon.

Notables:

Wrong Side
Blossom
First Defeat


Find these artists and more on my rainy day playlist below.