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i'm not UPSET or anything but this sort of stuff really gives me the horn so please post away.
brett anderson plays these on the piano in his solo shows -- beautiful stuff
heartbreaking music, but leaves you feeling uplifted.
this thread. Utterly beautiful.
yeah, it's probably too obvious.
...one of the saddest, and best songs of all time.
Ben Folds 5 - Brick
Or anything by Max Richter
has a couple of seriously sad piano reworkings of old gil Scott-Heron tracks. "Home is where the hatred is" especially is just heartbreaking...
Although pretty might apply to his work, more than sad, up to your interpretation and mood.
James Blackshaw is amazing
Seems to have every corner of sadness and beauty imagineable hidden in it. All to the tune of 'As time Goes By' - wonderful.
Astonishing live version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tPymxhwaEE
"It don't do nothin' but rest us assured, and substantiate the rumours that you've heard." < that man knows.
Poses by Rufus Wainwright
The bit when he goes 'I love you can't you see'. Fucking. Heartbreaking.
You beat me to it, as I was coming on to say this. Everything about this song is heartbreaking and beautiful.
Thanks for telling me about it - it's fucking exceptional. Can't normally get into Waits but this is wonderful...
'Closing Time' - it's his pretty sounding / accessible one
Don't Go To Pieces
But srsly: Luscious Life by Patrick Watson is pure bittersweet sadness.
'Drifters' and 'The Great Escape' are both definitely worth mentioning too.
Aphex Twin - Avril 14th
the Brianjonestown Massacre's 'We are the Niggers of the World'.
Was taken by surprise the first time I heard it.
Father I See - Liam Singer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkbf1-cVUuY In fact his entire Wintermusik applies here.
Peter Broderick, lots of his stuff, but especially the album Docile on which you find this song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18p7nnKrZ4w&feature=related
Hauschka does some nice melancholy, sad music as well on his prepared piano. Check out this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7sB7isi64A the animation is as stunning as the music
Could be the most beautiful piece of music ever made.
"Lick My Love Pump" by Spinal Tap. It's in D minor, which is the saddest of all keys.
Great track from this Irish new wave band I used to dig back in the early 80s... I wonder whatever happened to those guys.
perhaps one of my favourite pieces of music ever written
Nanou 2 is real sad.
Sadness is definitely this bands thing. For piano tunes check out My Father from Filigree and Shadow.
Actually, The Jeweller is sadder I reckon.
Erik Satie- Gymnopedie No 1
Debussy- Claire de Lune
Philip Glass- Opening
Arvo Part- Spiegel Im Spiegel
And there's some great stuff by Goldmund, Eluvium and Max Richter. This is all leaving towards the classical side of maudlin piano. Elsewhere you can find nuggets of melancholy like this...
Tom Waits - Alice
by Suede is a very nice (and sad) piano tune, I always thought!
by nick cave, or "people aint no good"
pretty much all of the boatman's call really
the This Mortal Coil version is approximately 0.8 times as good
It doesn't work.
She's such a sweetheart...
Objectively a great pick though, yes.
the first song that comes to mind when you say 'sad song on piano'
having be awestruck with the live version before in rainbows
Saw him in Coventry last week; very delicate, and a very nice person too. 'Wintersong #1' is beautiful.
Favourite sad piano songs:
Antony and the Johnsons - Hope There's Someone
Joni Mitchell - The Last Time I Saw Richard
Prince - Sometimes It Snows In April
Special mention to Peter Broderick's 'Floating/Sinking' from his album "Float" - technically not a song per se, but it's must-hear stuff.
Definitely Crowdsurf Off a Cliff.
Asleep In the Back - Elbow
Perfect - The Lightning Seeds
Sweet Song - Blur
Strange & Beautiful - Aqualung
on Sweet Song
Grandaddy - Underneath The Weeping Willow
I Feel Like Going Home
Also I love this thread and I'm going to rummage through everything posted at some point.
I'm crying just thinking about it
but it's one of the most beautiful things you've all never ever heard
The Sea Nymphs - Shaping The River
an accidental memory by eluvium
copia by eluvium (especially prelude for time feelers, radio ballet, reciting the airships)
basically, listen to eluvium
Indoor Swimming At The Space Station - absolutely towers over the rest of the record
I think solo piano music can often be up to the listener's interpretation. Personally I find Clair de Lune quite sad, but I imagine others find it quite elegant or reflective. Up above someone mentions Prelude for Time Feelers by Eluvium (one of my favourite songs), but I always see that as more stirring, maybe even uplifting - primarily because of the brass that come into the mix towards the end. Anyway, some suggestions:
Horizon Variations by Max Richter floats in and out and can't fail to leave a mark.
My Neighbourhood and Parhelia by Goldmund, too. Though I think they've better taken in the overall context of Corduroy Road.
Radiohead - Pyramid Song. Though I suppose that's too well known to be worth mentioning.
and the album found songs by olafgur arnalds which is free here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0feFedDW_iQ&feature=related (1 min)
Just one of many, but for all her eccentricities, bombast, and attitude, she writes some of the saddest songs I know.
Truce - The Dresden Dolls
Siren Song - Bat for Lashes (Live versions especially)
The Water - Feist
Does Not Suffice - Joanna Newsom (the echoed 'comedown' at end of the song is especially affecting)
Famous Blue Raincoat - Tori Amos
The usual suspects I was thinking of have been said... Mistress (and Shadows) by Red House Painters, Tom Waits' Martha etc.
I'll second the above about Amanda Palmer, although 'Delilah' by The Dresden Dolls is my persona favourite.
Cat Power - Colors and the Kids is my favourite CP song.
Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - ~The Ship Song.
And 'Konstantine' by Something Corparate is still one of the greatest songs ever written by anyone, once you look past Something Corporate's position in the grand scheme of popular music.
Mainly because 'sad piano songs' are my favourites.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bj8RFOp7iVQ - Frida Hyvonen's version of Jesus Was a Crossmaker (the original of which makes me sob anyway) is heartbreaking.
Simple but beautiful piano and what a voice - his best song.
I think it's probably the most poignant song ever written.
Wilco - We're Just Friends
Joanna Newsom - Does Not Suffice
..is pretty destroying, probably my favourite solo piano piece ever.
Bat for lashes
by The Delgados
'Wed' by David Lang. Just beautiful, full stop.
By Nico Muhly
Water From The Same Source
When We're Born/The Long Count/The Bull Run (I don't think this has a fixed title)
by Aaron Dessner/The Long Count
Very beautiful indeed. Currently trying to learn it, getting there v. slowly :)
Aus (especially his last record)
this recent album is really, really good
forgot how affecting it was. really sad and gorgeous.
Akira Rabelais is good too. His 2001 (i think) lp Eisoptrophobia has loads of odd versions of old piano tracks, including some amazing Satie ones. These were also covered by Isan and their version is pretty cool too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V83W5KjoLpM
Truly tear jerking stuff, one of my favourite Dan tunes.
You need to get the album Learning by Perfume Genius.
can't believe no one's put Daniel Powter - BAD DAY.
by Smashing Pumpkins. I always thought it was super sad. Also still feel like it's a strange way to open that album, although it does lead quite well into Tonight Tonight.
I think his best tunes are the stripped back "sad" ones.
Not all piano tunes but well worth checking out.
Fake Empire by The National
Both are classics, I don't like either band much overall though.
And add Joni Mitchell's 'River' to the pile too.
Also check out Tori Amos' instrumental piano song 'All The Girls Hate Her'. Beautiful stuff.
but couldn't think of anything possibly sadder than Does Not Suffice by Joanna Newsom
Just rediscovered this lovely song (had the I Am Not Afraid Of You... album for ages but never really got into it). Could do with chopping the long outro though I think.
might be his saddest ever song which is really going it some. :(
check this out for super depressed listen times :)
unless im goin mental or summat.
or you can't view it?
It's not a collaborative playlist.. they have a track record of getting ruined on DiS :)
I set it up all right, whats going on
http://open.spotify.com/user/yesiamaduck/playlist/7JL01zaQ83cUSZLaruUE7A I know this happens sometimes with spotify
ya never know, could work :)
It streams here: http://rchrd.com/mfom/wp/2010/12/03/247/#more-145
At The Drive-In - Hourglass
suprised this hasn't ben mentioned but what-the-fuck-ever.
It's probably the most miserable piece of music ever, encompassing loss, pain, and tragedy. I love it.
rufus w - the maker makes - my vote for the most sad of all time - dejected, weary, heartbreaking acceptance
hard-fi - beautiful imagery, lyrical, under-rated band.
esmith - waltz no.1 - almost not even there its so slight. a future memory of a revenent Smith
lou reed - perfect day - junkie waste of life - 'You make me feel like someone else, someone good"
Anthony and the johnsons - The Lake - isolation forever.
Easyworld - "'Til The Day"