Playlist: City Tracks

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Travelling the world and listening to your favourite music has great similarities. True globetrotters who like a city just stay there as long as they want or at least keep on coming back on a regular basis. It’s the same with your favourite music. If you love a song, you just keep hitting the repeat button. That’s a guarantee for annoyed seatmates… and a fulfilled life.

 

Bon Iver – Perth
Every song on Bon Iver’s second album takes its title from a city or a town. Perth is an homage to the late Perth-born actor Heath Ledger, who died in early 2008 when frontman Justin Vernon worked on the first songs for the album.

 

George Ezra ­– Budapest
On his month-long train journey through Europe, Hungary’s capital was the only place Ezra planned to visit but didn’t make it to. Still too hung over from the night before he decided to skip the train and instead write this jaunty song.

 

©Robert Blackham

©Robert Blackham

 

Bastille – Pompeii
The ancient Roman town that was buried by a volcanic eruption, leaving ash-covered bodies frozen in place served as inspiration to frontman Dan Smith, who at that time felt his life to be in stasis.

 

Phoenix – Rome
The song’s full meaning hasn’t really been explained, but the obscure lyrics of Rome seem to liken a collapsing relationship to a collapsed empire. Rome is also known to be guitarist Laurent Brancowitz favourite holiday destination. Either way, it’s a great song.

 

©Glassnote Record

©Glassnote Record

 

Jay Z & Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind
How to celebrate „the city that never sleeps“? This bombastic hip-hop epic with an insanely hooky chorus from Keys and rap verses from multi-talented rapper Jay-Z is for sure not the worst way to do it.

 

The Editors – Munich
Its lyrical ambiguity doesn’t really give out a clue as to why the British indie rock band chose Munich as the title of the song, but who cares as long as the music is so damn good.

 

©Rahi Rezvani

©Rahi Rezvani

 

30 Seconds to Mars – City of Angels
City of Angels was inspired by lead vocalist Jared Leto’s experience of trying to pursue his creative ambitions in Los Angeles: „It’s about coming to a place to do something different and something special.“

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