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Ed Droste X Birchbox Man: The Playlist

Ed Droste spends a lot of his time on tour. His band, Grizzly Bear played a whopping 107 shows around the world in support of 2012’s Shields. But when he does get some downtime in his home of Los Angeles, he enjoys the calm of life near the beach, and the unique privacy of driving alone on the freeway. Both respites give him the headspace to relax and discover new music. We were lucky enough to speak with Ed about some of his favorite songs of late, and, in keeping with Grizzly Bear’s psychedelic and folksy undertones, the list is quite eclectic.

Check out Ed’s picks below, and listen to our Spotify playlist to get the full effect. It’s best enjoyed from a swivel chair—you’ll be head-bopping for 41 solid minutes.

Baths, "Miasma Sky"

“I've had a lot of Baths songs on my radar for a while but it wasn't until I met him recently that I reinvestigated his catalog and was fully blown away. We are all exposed to so much music these days; sometimes you don't delve into things as deep as you should.“

Arcade Fire, "Reflektor"

“It's just an epic disco jam, with a great beat and vocals. It's Arcade Fire…nothing much else to say!”

Disclosure (feat. London Grammar), "Help Me Lose My Mind"

“By far my favorite track off the amazing Disclosure album, that also led me to buy London Grammar's solo work, which is haunting and sad in the most lovely way. “

FKA Twigs, "Papi Pacify"

“This song is a REAL grower. Took me about 10 listens to get hooked and what really did it for me was the insanely sexy and stylized video. ”

Kelela, "Go All Night"

“This song hits deep and is on my friend Solange's new compilation Saint Heron, on her Saint Records label. It's the first single and it's a definite 'put on repeat' song. It reminds me a bit of 90s R&B yet still feels totally contemporary.“

Majical Cloudz, "Childhood's End"

“Probably my most listened to song of the year. Granted it makes me really sad, but in a very cathartic way and I love listening to it while driving around LA at night. The whole album is wonderful and we got the pleasure of getting to perform with them for a few nights.”

Metronomy, "The Bay"

“This is really funny, but I ‘shazammed’ this (using the app on my phone) in my gym's locker room and then bought the album and loved every song! I'd read about the band but the name for some reason made me think they were something completely different than they were.”

Alex Smoke, "Dust"

“Internet browsing made me chance upon this gem. I don't know a lot about this guy, or if he has much else out there, but this song does all the right things for me. There’s a moody melody, it’s got a good beat, and great production.”

Haim, "Days are Gone"

“Three sisters from LA who are already huge! No big discovery here but damn, they write catchy pop songs. I love Fleetwood Mac, and it sounds like they do too.“

Check out Ed in the latest issue of Hello Mr. magazine, and follow him on social media if you want a real treat—he’s a talented photographer and makes quite funny videos on Vine.

Ed Droste on: Instagram | Twitter | Vine

Photo by Daniel Seung Lee

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