Happy New Year! No better time to re-envision your life than "today".
NEW SOUL - YAEL NAIM
New Soul has a rhythm that makes me think of tip-toeing through flower fields at the end of autumn. There's a sort of curiosity lingering in the lyrics that makes me wish I was young. Even so, I recognize traces of who I am now, after being shaped by time and experience, that make me appreciate the lessons I've learned along the way. Listen to this song for a shot of optimism in this strange, strange world.
MY DEAR ACQUAINTANCE - REGINA SPEKTOR
This is one of those slow sappy serenades that you can't escape during the new year. There's something mystical about classical sounding songs - as if they become more powerful before the start of a new year. I have a theory (more like a thought) that this is how they survive over time, renewing themselves through the magic of new beginnings.
CLAY - GRACE VANDERWAAL
I stanned Grace Vanderwaal so hard after seeing her rehearsal tapes. She is a precious young soul and I appreciate her craft. Clay is one of my favorites on Vanderwaal's EP: Perfectly Imperfect. It's about shaping yourself rather than allowing others to shape you. I find it interesting that although I'm no longer in high school, the same feelings linger throughout adulthood. Instead of fighting against the judgement of other people, I fight myself. My battle to stay strong against the weight of the world, becomes increasingly difficult as I struggle to be free from my own unrealistic expectations + self-doubt. So I appreciate Grace's message, for the reassurance it brings, no matter how simple her words may seem.
NEW YEAR'S EVE - MØ
New Year's Eve is great. The sound is almost smoky and interestingly thin, like the point, when traveling through fog, that you reach before the air is truly clear. Straddling clarity and containment. This may mean nothing to you, but it's exactly how this song makes me feel - like I'm close but not quite, to the superficial release granted by a new year.
SHAKE IT OUT - FLORENCE + THE MACHINE
Florence + The Machine takes me back to high school. For me, this song is almost married to the idea of friendship, freedom, and Arizona. Even if that wasn't necessarily the reality of my experience, memories have a funny way of warping into a more idealized version of reality.
FIRST DAY OF MY LIFE - BRIGHT EYES
First Day of My Life is one of those songs I knew without knowing. Do you have any songs like that? You hear them all the time and you know just about all the words, but if someone asked you the title you would be absolutely stumped. Rediscovering this song is definitely one of the best things to happen to me in the process of creating this playlist.
APOCALYPSE - CIGARETTES AFTER SEX
Apocalypse is a new find, but just about everything by Cigarettes After Sex is magic. This song is lyrical bliss. Gonzalez's voice so soft, it sounds fantastically whipped. This isn't necessarily suited for the New Year, but I'll admit the song's title automatically qualified it for my list. You can't hate me, because it is a beautiful song.
FLOAT ON - MODEST MOUSE
Float On is another song that makes me reminisce. Whenever I hear this song, I have memories of cramming into the lounge and playing Guitar Hero: World Tour all Saturday because there was nothing else to do. Then getting tired of playing the same song, and realizing there were so many other things I could have been doing. I definitely appreciate Float On more now, than I did back then. It's a pretty fun song if you think about it.
ABSOLUTELY - RA RA RIOT
What better way to ring in the new year than with this perky tune. Absolutely sets a tone I want to follow me through the entirety of 2018. Living out loud, unapologetically being, and letting everything in. Click the image below to listen to the playlist!