Friday Playlist: Crystalline

Otherworldly hymns for this winter’s night.

These songs span all kinds of genres and types—folk, dance, rock, electronic, acoustic, etc.—but what they have in common is a haunting, ethereal quality that’s perfect for a cold winter night.

Collage by Kimberly

Illustration by Minna


  • jenaimarley January 26th, 2013 12:31 AM

    TOTALLY UNRELATED but I saw Tavi on the Colert Report (so good) but can he totally go through with his request to write a piece for Rookie???

    • jenaimarley January 26th, 2013 1:10 AM


    • Tavi January 26th, 2013 1:32 AM

      I hope he does!!

      • purrr February 1st, 2013 5:03 AM

        But wasn’t his pitch REALLY sketch in terms of policing female outfits? If he does it as a total joke (suggesting we all wear Amish dresses), that’s cool, but on the show it sounded like he actually wants to be one of the FASHION POLICE.

        • Tavi February 1st, 2013 5:08 AM

          I didn’t think so — he seemed to be poking fun at his own dad-ness, the way parents are like “YOU’RE NOT LEAVING THE HOUSE IN THAT YOUNG LADY,” but maybe that wasn’t clear in the version of the interview that aired.

  • purrr January 26th, 2013 12:35 AM

    This is am amazing playlist for drawing *__*

  • Madness January 26th, 2013 1:24 AM

    cool alice coltrane

  • cloudinthesky January 26th, 2013 5:41 AM

    Yay cocteau twins <3
    Rookie, I love all of your playlists!

  • Pearl January 26th, 2013 7:54 AM

    Any playlist with Bjork is in it is absolutely perfect. <3

    • Ben January 27th, 2013 12:39 AM

      yes! she is my idol! this playlist is amazing!

  • Mintvirgin January 26th, 2013 8:09 AM

    I am forever in love with clear tender and heaven music with interesting, liquid and infantile vocals. when I listen to this songs, I fell in my deep thoughts and emotions, like Alice fell in Wonderland. the only word I can say: wow. my breathing became cold and passionate.

  • JoanaNielsen January 26th, 2013 9:27 AM

    By far the best playlist I’ve heard on Rookie.

  • tubuliflorous January 26th, 2013 10:27 AM

    Great playlist to listen to while reading (✿◕ ‿ ◕)

  • mudblood62442 January 26th, 2013 10:50 AM

    Been playing this music all day and it has magically been the perfect accompaniment to all of my activities; studying anatomy, playing pool and making crowns with my bestie and working out our Wiccan names. <3

  • asylum January 26th, 2013 11:02 AM

    Love it <3

  • secondtolastunicorn January 26th, 2013 11:22 AM


  • blackrabbit January 26th, 2013 2:37 PM

    Wow! I can’t believe CocoRosie is on this, I LOVE THEM. I love love love Bianca she’s so beautiful & talented & her artwork is so amazing.

  • Cactus Woman January 26th, 2013 9:46 PM

    “I am the Shadout Mapes…the housekeeper.”

    I though she was sooo creepy when I watched the Dune movie. I’m glad that a song named after her is equally eerie-sounding.

  • Narnia January 26th, 2013 11:13 PM

    Grimes is the epitome of a perfect creature. Also, Kria is beautiful, although I feel she has a voice that takes getting used to, to enjoy its etheral, breathy quality.

  • JillianYvette January 27th, 2013 1:50 AM

    CocoRosie is so fab.

  • manicpixieriotgrrl January 27th, 2013 3:28 AM

    Best playlist yet. ilu rookie.

  • KIA January 27th, 2013 1:00 PM

    it’s perfect for my freezing airconditioned room in rainy tropical climate too :9

  • mayaautumn January 27th, 2013 3:36 PM

    deffo the best playlist. some cracking toonz ;D

  • sophie January 27th, 2013 10:45 PM

    this is just what i needed! only song this is missing is crystallized by melody’s echo chamber. if you haven’t heard it you should give it a listen

  • fung-eyed January 28th, 2013 11:24 AM

    luv it el! have u heard of karen beth? she is the most eerie, depressing and lovely. definately my favorite forgotten songstress from the sixties. recommend the album ‘joys of life’

    • Eleanor January 29th, 2013 8:34 AM

      that was such a lovely song to listen to just after waking up!! thank you <3

  • Taylor WM January 28th, 2013 1:55 PM

    i was sold when i saw grimes ;) great playlist!

  • milky-moon January 28th, 2013 5:06 PM

    this isn’t the milk eyed mender recording of en gallop… what is it?

    • Anaheed January 28th, 2013 6:04 PM

      It’s a live version from 2004.

      • milky-moon January 28th, 2013 7:52 PM

        thank you! another beautiful version of my favorite joanna newsom song

  • sockmyshoe January 28th, 2013 5:14 PM

    Every song on this playlist had me squealing, inwardly, in a sort of frozen, wintery way. And my (grown-up)friends, who I’m steadily converting to Rookie. Thank you for pulling me out of my 90′s-boyband-on-repeat rut!