Anya Marina has a lot of amazing songs that can set a mood for writing. The TI cover song "What Ever You Like" is seductive when sung by a woman. "All The Same To Me" and "Move You" are two more great ones.
Matchbook Romance is something I just recently got back into. Almost all of their songs put me in a trance to write. It's rhythmic.
Seether can be hard and melodic depending on the song. I have to admit, I'm not a fan of everything they've done, but there are a few I really enjoy. "The Gift" is a constant song on my playlist.
Rise Against is a band that has a few emotional songs that can drum up a good inner response in the back of my mind. It gets that memories flowing, then the writing begins. I listen to "Savior" a lot.
Sting's later works have a profound effect on me. The soft beats, the sway of the music truly helps me relax when writing. The album Brand New Day is great.
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