I might do more journals like this, recommending stuff. Feel free to recommend me stuff too!
This time, let me tell you about Anaïs Mitchell's wonderful album, Hadestown!
A "folk opera", the album tells the classic Greek lovestory of Orpheus and Eurydice, but set in a dystopian modern world.
I recommend you listen to it in order, especially since it's all one story. The songs all have different moods and structures, fitting the different parts of the story
A lot of singers join Anaïs as voices for the characters. I really like the rough, tired voice of Hades, sung by Greg Brown, and the innocent voice of Eurydice, sung by Mitchell herself.
I first heard of Anaïs Mitchell on the Night Vale podcast, this song was the weather in an episode:
On another note, I've always used Windows Media Player as my player/library, but now I'm trying out MusicBee
. It seems really good and customizable!