Melbourne based singer-songwriter Tanya Batt aka BATTS released a stunning debut EP, 62 Moons in November. Named after the 62 moons of Saturn, a preoccupation with space underlies the entire record – from its title to the NASA recording of Saturn’s rings which opens the recording. To celebrate its release, BATTS has put together a beautifully considered and informative playlist of tracks that are the perfect soundtrack to each of the planets. Take a sonic journey through the universe below and be sure to wrap your ears around 62 Moons if you haven’t already.
The Beatles – Here Comes The Sun
What would we do without our beautiful star, even though one day she will become so large she will swell into a “Red Giant” and more than likely swallow us on Earth, we have to be grateful for the life she provides us currently.
Michael Jackson – Speed Demon
It’s the fastest planet in our solar system. It orbits the sun every 88 days and travels at about 180,000 km/h per hour. Aptly named after the Messenger to the Roman Gods.
Destinys Child – Independent Women
Because Venus is named after the Roman God of Love & Beauty and is the only planet named after a woman. However, Venus is the hottest planet which still harbours many active volcanos and reaches heat of 465 Degrees Celsius which is hot enough to melt lead. So you know, Venus is pretty badass and is the only planet to rotate on it’s axis which is different from every other planet in our system.
Radiohead – Fake Plastic Trees
Man we are so lucky to live on Earth, what a beautiful and incredible planet this is. How amazing that it harbours life, that billions of years ago bacteria was formed in the oceans beginning the madness that is evolution and here we are today. Thanks Earth, you’re amazing and so is this song.
David Bowie – Life On Mars
I clearly chose this for the name but if there is life on Mars it’s because Bowie lives there. It’s not exactly a habitable planet (not for humans anyway), even though we are obsessed with colonising it. It is however the most habitable planet within our solar system after Earth and apparently 4 billion years ago it was a hell of a lot more habitable. It’s standard temperature is -60 Degrees Celsius, it has the largest dust storms, the largest mountain and the largest volcanoes in the solar system too.
BATTS – We’re Done
I obviously chose my own song for Saturn. Mainly because this song actually has the sounds of Saturn’s Rings on it so I felt fitting. Saturn is my favourite planet for many reasons. It has 62 Moons which is pretty badass and has the largest set of rings within our solar system. It’s so beautiful and I’m so in awe of it as a planet.
The Doors – Riders On The Storm
I chose this song because Jupiter is incredibly famous for “The Great Red Spot” which is a hurricane that has lasted for around 300 years. It is the largest planet in our solar system and is fittingly named after the King Of Gods in Roman Mythology and is more than twice as massive as all other planets in our solar system combined. It’s also one of the most beautiful planets visually within our solar system I’d say.
Foreigner – Cold As Ice
Uranus is the coldest planet in our solar system. It is an “Ice Giant” and was the first planet that humans discovered. It was discovered in 1781 by William Herschel and is the only planet to be named after a Greek God rather than a Roman God.
Bon Iver – Wash
Neptune is the farthest planet from the Sun and was the first planet to be discovered using mathematical equations before it was seen through a telescope. It is named after the Roman God Of Sea which is why I chose this song for it. It’s also such a beautiful blue planet which I thought worked really well for this song. Only one mission has ever been sent to Neptune and that was Voyager 2 in 1989.
Canary – Be Yourself
I wanted to include Pluto because I feel so sorry for this lil “Dwarf Planet” being downgraded. I figured I’d pair it with Canary’s song ‘Be Yourself’ because Pluto you do you! Just keep being yourself because you’re beautiful!