Music Monday: Prairie Underground’s Barometer

EcoSalon’s weekly playlist.

Fashion and music are inextricably linked. For some designers, it’s the backbone for a typical workday, the white noise that spurs creativity. Sustainable fashion label Prairie Underground channels the musically obscure from their Seattle perch where, as co-designer Davora Lindner says, music is oft times an “emotional barometer” for how life is going.

If this playlist is any indication of how design comrades Camilla Eckersley and Davora Lindner are feeling, we can’t wait to see what designs take center stage.

Listen to their playlist, appropriately called Barometer here and scroll down a little further to check out our interview with them.

Track List:
  1. Kindred – Burial
  2. Time to Find Me (AFX Fast Mix) – Seefeel remix by Aphex Twin
  3. Moon in my Mind – Frankie Rose
  4. Supervitesse (Robin Guthrie remix) – Mahogany
  5. Leave me Alone – Destroyer
  6. Genesis – Grimes
  7. Amanaemonesia – Chairlift
  8. Harborview Hospital – Mark Lanegan Band
  9. Dark Parts – Perfume Genius
  10. Welcome – Harmonia and Eno ’76

Describe this playlist

Camilla listens to a lot of NPR. If you want to know her playlist turn the dial to your local NPR station. She also enjoys 90.3 KEXP which is often playing in the warehouse. It’s how we first heard several songs on this list.

This playlist is a combination of my favorite tracks from new releases in 2012 and older music I’ve listened to as a result. I wish I could have included a track from Theesatisfaction‘s new album that is being released March 29th. Several Prairie staff members are fans and NPR is streaming their new release.

What role does music play in your personal life? Your work life?

Seattle is still a music city and people talk about it with passion. A high percentage of our population is conversant in obscure musicians and genres. After eight years here I’m still being educated by those around me.

In our climate it’s another version of discussing the weather. Those conversations can be viewed as an emotional barometer.  Staff share what they’re listening to and frequently attend shows together. My playlist isn’t at all reflective of our eclectic musical taste. We’re planning a staff trip to see Heart at Puyallup Fair and we’ve named several garments after Stevie Nicks songs. We always listen to music at work and sometimes neglect to turn it down when answering the phone. It’s an integral part of our work environment and keeps us motivated and connected.

Why do you think so many of us draw inspiration from music?

Musical affinities are way to signify who you are.

How does music play into the Prairie ethos?

We work to create our own environment. Playing music is a simple way to achieve that goal.

If you could spend one day with an artist on this playlist who would it be and why?

Brian Eno must have some great stories.

Image: Lilia Ramirez

Amy DuFault

Amy DuFault is a conscious lifestyle writer, consultant and fashion instigator. She resides in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.