I would like to make this particular topic one that I swing back to monthly. I’m going to go through my “Recently Played” playlist on Apple Music and post what I’ve found. What genre or artist I listen to completely depends on my mood and the weather outside. I remember when Blonde by Frank Ocean dropped last year, and I listened to it on repeat for weeks. I would switch between Blonde and Endless, and it made me feel like I could conquer anything. Now, when I listen to either of those albums, it takes me back to that place. Here’s what I’m listening to right now.
I’ve been a fan of Angus and Julia Stone ever since I can remember. Of course, the first song I listened to and fell in love with was Big Jet Plane, which I ironically heard in a commercial and tried so hard to track it down. Snow is ethereal. I’ve been listening to this while doing homework or just taking a quick drive to pick up dinner. My favorite songs are Chateau and Sleep Alone.
This song has been in my regular rotation for months now. Hiatus Kaiyote is a band that mixes funk, fusion, and jazz in one, and tops it off with a stellar lead singer. I listen to this song any time I want to smile, and it succeeds every. time.
Kelcey Ayer is one of the lead singers of my favorite band, Local Natives. When I found out that he was releasing a solo album a few months ago, I was ecstatic. I saw Local Natives live this past summer and it was the best show I’ve ever been to. This album has Kelcey’s sweet vocals paired with a piano and some electronic synths, and that’s about it. It’s raw, honest, and heartfelt. Perfect for rainy days. My favorite songs are Hawaiian License Plates. and Everything.
Their cover of King Krule’s 2013 track might be four years old, but it is still so relevant. The fact that this is from their live iTunes Session makes it even better. The 2:30 mark and on is my favorite part of the song. (And when you get a chance, listen to King Krule’s original)
I don’t really understand what she’s saying, but I pretend I do and have the dumbest smile on my face when I’m singing this in the car. This song, and my other favorite “Money,” make me dance around my living room.
Oooh, so funky. Thundercat isn’t for everyone, but man oh man is he talented. I also saw him live a few weeks ago and was blown away. His set was also two hours long, which is the longest set I’ve ever seen one band play. This album will make you bop your head, move your body, and reevaluate everything you thought you liked about music. The entire album is so great, but my favorite songs are Them Changes, Friend Zone, Tokyo, and Drunk.
I don’t do drugs, but this album does a great job at replicating her journey through experimenting with them. It’s also very different from her previous albums, and I’m here for it. I’ve had this album on repeat for the last few days and it hasn’t gotten old yet. I also had some friends in the car this weekend and played the song Sativa, and it was a huge hit. My favorite songs are While We’re Young, New Balance, and Sing to Me.