YES! Music Picks: What We've Been Listening to This Winter

Musical inspiration while putting out this issue.

Dance of Shakti

Dim the lights, burn some incense, close your eyes, and let Prem Joshua's mesmerizing lyrics and haunting sitar invoke deep meditation or enlightening yoga practice. A modern take on mystical ancient Indian song that transcends the boundaries of electronic and world music, Shakti is grounded in deep rhythms and entrancing mantras sending you into relaxation or lively dance.

—Christine St. Pierre

Be Still, Neverland, Egypt

Chivalrous Pacific Northwest singer/songwriter Zach Fleury revives qualities of folk that have long been laid to rest. Charming vocals are accompanied by lively acoustic guitar work and some serious strings, with an on-the-road aesthetic that transforms any object, even a knee, into an instrument. The lyrics carry messages of progress, love, and memory, and are presented as a fusion of country, folk, and bluegrass.­