I've been listening to some pretty chill music this month. To take a break from curating topic-based playlists, today I'm simply sharing what I've been listening to in June. I hope this also diversifies the music I share with you, so you can get a better idea of new songs that deserve a listen.
LONG TIME COMING - TOMI
This was the last song on the soundtrack for the most recent episode of The Bold Type. Not so funny story, I spent five long minutes hunting for the track after the episode ended.
Google's usually pretty easy if I feed her a few lyrics, but that day she wasn't buying into any of my lines. With some more resourceful wording, I won in the end.
Long Time Coming in 8 words: This is a feel good song, undeniably so.
STEP - VAMPIRE WEEKEND
Step in 4 words: Can I cry now?
Seriously, this song makes me so emotional, I have no idea why. I'm not even sure what the lyrics are saying. I think I'm entering a late-onset Vampire Weekend phase, because I've been enjoying their music a lot more than I usually do.
Listening to Step makes me want to elope, and then play it on a loop during the drive to my home-based honeymoon.
SEEING ALL RED - SHAKEY GRAVES
Every time I start one of his songs, my mind tells me that I'm not the Shakey Graves type, but who is it trying to kid? Surely not me. I love folk, and I live for this bop.
It makes me want to dance with my entire soul on show, then sell myself to the nearest bartender. Don't ask me why - god only knows.
Seeing All Red in 8 words: ...though you can hurt me if you please.
VIBRATION (EXT VERSION) - ALEX WILEY
Vibration in 4 words: Please, I dare you.
Vibration is confidence embodied. The song is so full, and the bass is enough to pull me all the way out of my mind. Embrace the culture, feel the jam, and become your baddest self.
CR-V - CUCO
CR-V is too fun to leave off of your summer playlist. I'll take this time to argue that Cuco is the band of Summer '18. Their songs have been on most of my playlists this month, primarily because their music is fun and perfect for obnoxious dance moves that inspire jealousy in the most experienced of contortionists.
CR-V in 8 words: Tongue's out, she jamming. Head bops, she dancing.
LOVER IS A DAY - CUCO
Lover Is a Day in 4 words: Just hold my hand.
Lover Is a Day embodies warm summer nights. The lyrics tell a story about some kind of broken relationship or star-crossed love, but my mind tells me this song is for new lovers who can't figure out how to get the right kind of space. Who needs space anyway?
Fun fact: this song is almost 8 minutes long. I've always thought it was too short, so that just goes to show I have zero concept of temporality.
THE RECIPE - KAI STRAW
Hey, hey, hey, heeyyy! Shake your shoulders, let loose, and shimmy out your last bits of energy. You have no excuse not to dance while this song plays, I won't allow it (unless you have a doctor's note).
Funner fact: I have a Marshall speaker that lets me fine tune the bass in a song, and let's just say this tune is real fun with the bass boosted.
The Recipe in 8 words: Blast the bass, and get on your feet!
LAURA - TV GIRL
Laura in 4 words: My sister is dancing.
My sister doesn't dance to most of my songs. She's determined to maintain the image that she hates my music, but I know the truth. Most of the songs on this playlist make her move a little, but right now she's legitimately dancing as she preps her avatar to enter some violent world in Fortnite. That's how you know it's real.
I've loved this song for a while now, so I can't believe this is the first time it's appeared on one of these playlists. Maybe my monthly lists are getting too primped for their own good.
FLUORIDATED WATER - EZRA BELL
In my mind, when the drums hit, I'm slapping the bar at some summer wedding, singing along to the music as I await my next drink. The band's playing in the background, and I've been watching the saxophonist because his music is magical; since when do bands have sax players anyway?
Fluoridated Water in 8 words: Well, you've convinced me to get another glass.
WAIT FOR THE MOMENT - VULFPECK
Wait for the Moment in 4 words: ...the sweetest sounds here.
I had a marketing gig a few months ago, helping the university's radio station plan for their upcoming music festival. During one of our brainstorm sessions, one of the DJ's recommended Vulfpeck.
I went home, checked them out, and from that night on regretted not joining WHRW my Freshman year. Not that I have any interest in being a DJ, but I am 100% sure being a part of that club would have benefitted my musically inclined brain.
Suffice to say, Vulfpeck is a new staple in most of my playlists. There's something in their sound that you don't hear often nowadays. Of course the depth still exists, but I've definitely been searching in the wrong places.
Hope you enjoy this playlist! Click the image below to give it a listen.