October 2019 Playlist - Unnerving Songs

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October being the spooky month, Devin and I teamed up to curate a list of unnerving and unsettling songs to spice up your month. We added a little something for everyone other than the classic songs that accompany this season, you won’t find any Monster Mash here. Whether or not you love or hate the unnerving and unsettling, we hope you enjoy these strange and spooky melodies.

Son Lux - "Dream State (Dark Day) [feat. WILLS]

Favorite Lyrics:

Will we survive in this, our new wilderness?

We have nothing on our feet

We had to run from it

What makes it unnerving: From the very beginning of the song, the sound immediately calls you to attention. The soft singing against the very abrupt base creates a very unsettling overall sound. 

Eurielle - City of The Dead

Favorite Lyrics: 

I feel like I'm running, but getting nowhere

Fear is suffocating me

I can't breath

I feel like I'm drowning, I'm sinking deeper

What makes it unnerving: The song has an ethereal vibe which leads into the almost angelic lyrics. This followed by the chanting creates a very intense, panicky feeling. It gives you a sense that something is coming and it can’t be stopped. 

Karmina - All The King's Horses

Favorite Lyrics: 

There is a reason I'm still standing

I never knew if I'd be landing

And I will run fast, outlast

Everyone that said no...

What makes it unnerving: While this song does have an uplifting ending, the beginning of the song is the reason it’s been added to this list. The despair and fear is palpable. 

Son Lux - Flickers 

Favorite Lyrics: 

I can see the flickers

Over me the lanterns raised

Lift me up, lift me over it

What makes in unnerving: This song has a strange mix of suspense and creepiness. The whispered lyrics behind the loud music with the added laughter creates an unsettling aura. 

Hozier - In The Woods Somewhere

Favorite Lyrics: 

I clutched my life and wished it kept

My dearest love

I'm not done yet

How many years

I know I'll bear

I found something

In the woods somewhere

What makes in unnerving: The story in this song creates a vivid picture of fear and uncertainty. It’s perfectly accompanied by the slow and sorrowful guitar. 

Loreena McKennitt - The Highway Man

Favorite Lyrics: 

Over the cobbles he clattered and clashed in the dark inn-yard.

He tapped with his whip on the shutters, but all was locked and barred.   

He whistled a tune to the window, and who should be waiting there  

What makes it unnerving: The tragic ending of this well-known poem is pretty self-explanatory. 

Bruhuhville - Black Heart 

What makes it unnerving: This melody leaves you with a sad feeling of loneliness and despair. 

Once Upon a December - Ethereal Remix

What makes it unnerving: A remix of a more well-known song, this version leaves you with goosebumps. The strange echo of the piano sounds as though it’s filtering in from another world.

Etihad Airways Boarding Music

What makes it unnerving: It gives the feeling of being alone in the air, it's just you in an airplane. You’re gliding so lightly and peacefully, but you’re in immediate danger.