Monday Music: Songs for potion brewing

Witchy and mystical, these tracks are perfect for full moons and spell-casting

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Monday Music: your weekly themed playlist. Image courtesy of The Peak.

By: Michelle Young, Copy Editor

October — the month of goblins, ghouls, and ghosts. As someone who almost exclusively read fantasy novels as a kid, I like to think of this season as something magical, rather than scary. For those of you who also like to feel suspenseful, I have the perfect blend of magic and mystery to quench your thirst for thrills.

Dreaming” by Bruno Coulais

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From my favourite autumn film, Coraline, this track feels like a long set of nails slowly running through your hair. The slow humming, children’s choir, and toy percussion makes for an eerie blend of enchanted and sinister sounds. Chants in a made-up language also make this piece all the more haunting, which provides an atmospheric beginning to your crisp, fall morning.

Kill The Clown” by Sóley

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This song begins with slow rolling piano chords echoing onto one another. Sóley’s soft voice coos into the piece, fusing with percussion. Vocals rise into a beautiful crescendo for a chilling chorus about unfair clowns. Off the album We Sink, Sóley’s sound is the perfect backdrop for any old Victorian house.

Magban Alvó” by The Moon and The Nightspirit

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Kicking off with a mesmerizing blend of gentle voices and soft strings, “Magban Alvó” quickly turns dramatic with a cacophony of heavy drums. This track captures the feeling of urgently running through a forest barefoot — soil between your toes. The Moon and The Nightspirit fuel all of my faerie fantasies with their nymph-like discography, creating the perfect mystical soundtrack for your otherworldly experiences.

Incertus” by Yuki Kajiura

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Twinkly and magical, “Incertus” is composed by the iconic Yuki Kajiura, known for her fantasy scores. This piece dances the line between dreamy and nightmarish, creating a bewitching song made of light piano and music box style percussion. Setting the scene for witches and magical girls, the track emcompasses all things supernatural.

Sicilienne in G Minor, Op. 78” by Gabriel Fauré

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Made up of piano and violin, this classic piece is elegant and graceful, with a hint of secrecy and darkness. Like a riddle hidden in an old library, it is what’s buried underneath that makes the track enticing. “Sicilienne” sounds pleasant enough — but the minor notes create a sense of underlying sadness that embodies tragedy.