Ah the monsoon, a season of contradictions. Some love the rain from a distance, some like immersing themselves in it, some would never step outside when it pours, while some feel absolutely at home when the clouds they burst. All weather deserves its personalized soundtrack. Here’s one to tide you through these stunning monsoons. Dive in…

Mogwai – Cody

One of those songs that lull you into either deep slumber or deep melancholy – there’s no middle ground.

Bon Iver – Holocene

If there’s one word to sum up Bon Iver’s music, it is atmospheric. This is the perfect song to walk in the rain to.

The Cinematic Orchestra – To Build A Home

The opening chords to this song could turn the most unfeeling into a blubbering mess.

Nils Frahm – Peter (Clark remix)

Sad music doesn’t have a monopoly on rainy weather, and don’t let anyone tell you that. Watch sheets of rain rearrange themselves from the sky, always strangely in tune with this enigmatic, dragging beat.

Ben Woods – Fond Of You

Ben Woods creates magic with this tune, which is perfect for playing on loop on hazy mornings, when sunlight seems like a distant dream.

The Bees – Winter Rose (Nicolas Jaar Remix)

Jaar has set up the perfect scene with this. A window shielding you from the fury of surprise afternoon showers, a cup of hot rose tea, and complete solitude.

The Flaming Lips – Turning Violent

The violence in this song lies in the stunning soundscape it lays out; slow, tense, building up, to mellow, comfortable noise. Mirroring Mother Nature with her all-encompassing occupying space, this tune is the perfect song to ease into a rainy morning.

Thom Yorke – And It Rained All Night

*Gasp* dare we go for the obvious? Yorke, being one of the kings of sonic descriptions, nails the grimy, alienating feeling we get waking up to the roads already flooding over. He sings – ‘it’s relentless, invisible, indefatigable, indisputable, undeniable’. Has the rain ever been more accurately described?

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Shayontoni Ghosh

Shayontoni Ghosh is a fancy name, and has been attributed to a non-fancy individual. She likes long walks accompanied by her stellar taste in music, and doesn’t believe in modesty. Other interests include dogs, mountains and extended stretches of comfortable silences. Buy her beer.

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