In these last few weeks of school, as Mother Nature ponders over what season she wants it to be, I’ve found myself listening to my music too loudly (because the songs are so good) and incorporating some big throwbacks into my Spotify playlists. With no rhyme or reason as we approach the end of this year, and my last spring semester, here are some songs definitely worth playing while you walk to your classes during the home stretch.
1. Houndmouth – “Sedona”
With a voice almost reminiscent of Ben Gibbard, little piano accents fluttering throughout the song and a gruff aggression present throughout, this song actually makes me feel like I’m in Sedona with a rock-n’-roll, nature-y vibe.
2. Roxy Music – “Mother of Pearl”
So I don’t know why there’s a 1 and a half minute intro to this song on Spotify, but trust that when you get to the weird, smooth rock around the second minute, it’s entirely worth it. The lyrics are clever and honest, definitely more melancholy that the instrumentation gives off. The steady climb and constant progression will keep you on a musical ride, and you’ll never quite know what to expect next.
3. Sufjan Stevens – “A Little Lost”
I was lucky enough to see Sufjan Stevens last weekend in Indiana, which was honestly one of the best concerts I’ve ever seen. However, I’ve had a hard time listening to any of the songs he performed, as they were simply too good live to compete with a recording. Luckily, he left this song untouched, leaving me with something still to enjoy.
4. LCD Soundsystem – “All My Friends”
“I wouldn’t trade one stupid decision for another five years of life.” As the year is approaching the end, I’ve started dealing with the sad fact that my college career and the college careers of many of my friends are quickly coming to an end. This song makes me feel nostalgic and the semester isn’t even over yet.
5. Shakey Graves – “Dearly Departed”
For a brief stretch when we couldn’t remember the name, me and my sister referred to this song as the “WooOoo Song” (within good reason if you listen to the hook). The percussion and vocals combine to create a fun, folk-rock tune that will have you constantly singing along.
6. Twenty One Pilots – “The Run And Go”
Not only do I feel like this song was written to be used in a television show, but also, it is the perfect walking song. With a completely unique bridge, catchy hook and twisty ending, it’s an unconventional love song that has me laughing at the story more than anything.
7. The Smiths – “Ask”
With a new vigor for English rock, The Smiths have recently been on radar more than before. With upbeat guitar riffs and fresh vocals, this song makes me feel like we’re blessed with warm weather every time I hear it — which is an added bonus as I just cannot wait for summer to get here.
8. Lord Huron – “Cursed”
When I reviewed the new Lord Huron album, Strange Trails, my main gripe was the lack of departure from their freshman debut, Lonesome Dreams. While this song is one of the main perpetrators, it’s becoming harder and harder for me to care. It’s infectiously good and, even if it’s not entirely new or original, it’s infinitely enjoyable and catchy.
9. Phantogram – “Celebrating Nothing”
I don’t usually listen to Phantogram, and after streaming “Celebrating Nothing” about a billion times, I’m not sure why. It’s ethereal and intense with pulsating rhythms to accompany intimidating lyrics. It’s a new sound unlike a lot of other current music and I can’t wait to explore more.
10. Horse Feathers – “Helen”
This song reminds me sparingly of The Early November with vocals akin to Sun Kil Moon. Regardless, softly happy music perfectly fits in with the new season. All I want to do is go hammocking on the quad and listen to this song while other people play with cute dogs. A girl can dream, okay? That isn’t really asking for a lot.