On a sunny Friday like today we’re half tempted to duck out of work early to enjoy the sunshine from the beach. The weather is beautiful– yes– but every artist knows there’s also beauty in the breakdown. We’re celebrating the darker, somber side of life and those photogs, painters, drawers, musicians and dancers who work diligently to capture the depths of human emotion. Go forth, brave artists, with these melancholy tracks as your guide, and paint a haunting picture in your mind while you create. We’ll see you on the other side of the weekend.

Brian Eno – The Big Ship

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Skeletons

Ray LaMontagne – Can I Stay

Radiohead – How To Disappear Completely

Devotchka – How It Ends

Beck – Lost Cause

Amy Winehouse – Back To Black

Rilo Kiley – The Good That Won’t Come Out

The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition

Radiohead – Fake Plastic Trees

The Rolling Stones – Wild Horses

Damien Rice – Cheers Darlin’

Azure Ray – Sleep

Michael Andrews – Mad World