What I Listened To - February 2020

Here are my fave songs at the moment. Take notes. 
If you know anything about me, you know music is pretty much my everything. Music allows me to escape from the busy day-to-day activities of life. Music allows me to place myself into a story that is not my own. If I had to go a day without listening to music I would probably collapse in on myself like a dying star. 
Without further ado, here are 10 of my favorite songs at the moment, in no particular order. Add them to your playlists immediately. 

1. If We Were Vampires - Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

This is a newly discovered song of mine. This song is your classic ~rainy day sad love song~, a genre in which I spend a lot of time. Classic enneagram type 4, am I right? I love the soft guitar part and Jason Isbell’s rough and raw voice. My favorite line is “if we were vampires and death was a joke we’d go out on the sidewalk and smoke”. That line just makes me smile.

2. Learning How to Love - Colony House

Who doesn't love a feel-good jam? Listening to anything by Colony House makes me feel like I am going for a drive with the windows down, but this one is especially freeing. I saw Colony House live in concert Sunday, and it was amazing. I love how diverse this band is and how they can totally elicit an emotional response in one song and rock out in another.

3. Song of the White Wolf - Sonya Belousova and Giona Ostinelli

My inner fangirl is coming out for this one. I definitely screamed when Spotify finally released the full soundtrack on Spotify. If you have seen Netflix's The Witcher, you understand how great this song is. This song plays in the background of the last scene of Season 1 at a moment where storylines collide. Iconic. 10/10.

4. Open Your Eyes - STRFKR

To be honest, I kinda forgot about the band STRFKR but heard this song recently when it played on one of my daily mix Spotify playlists. The song just sounds like a sunny day spent by the beach in California, which sounds pretty good to me.

5. Meet Me in the Woods - Lord Huron 

I heard this song driving back from work the other day, and realized it sounds pretty much identical to "The Night We Met", from the same album. "Meet Me in the Woods" is placed in the middle of the album, with another nearly identical track opening the album ("Love Like Ghosts"), and "The Night We Met" closing out the album. What a GENIUS way to organize an album and tell a story through music.

6. Wait - M83

This is a classic. If you have not heard this song, GO LISTEN. I remember hearing this song in junior high school and just falling in love with it. Every time I hear it I remember sitting on the trampoline in the muggy Arkansas summer with my friends. It's a very nostalgic song for me, and I just recently started listening to it again this past week. It is a great song for whatever life season you are going through.

7. Donna - The Lumineers

My love for The Lumineers is pretty strong, and it is fair to say I have been listening to this album on repeat since it dropped. Yet another moody song on this list, this song has been a good background to a cloudy winter month. The vocals portray so much emotion and I just love the composition of this piece. The music video is beautiful as well.

8. Salt and the Sea - The Lumineers

I found out yesterday that I am one of The Lumineers top 1% fans on Spotify, so I obviously had to include another one of my favorite songs on the new III album. The heavy and haunting piano line is what gets me the most. This is the last song in the story of the Sparks family, a fictional family based on real-life experiences of a family struggling with devastating addiction and mental health issues. I interpret this song as a conclusion piece that illustrates those who love you will always come back and stand by your side, in smooth seas and rough seas.

9. Goodbye - Billie Eilish

This song is old news by this point, but WOW it's a good one. I love this whole album and I love the way it features more upbeat high energy songs with slower emotional pieces. This song is personally one of my favorites because it is a medley of all the other songs on the album. I feel this technique is rarely used by musical artists to conclude their albums, and it shows an insane songwriting ability.

10. Cough Syrup - Young the Giant

This song came on today when I was walking to class and I could not resist singing along. This band is amazing and this song is probably one of their most well known. The lyrics are poetic and I just want to dance when this song comes on.
- Caroline Wetsell, University of Arkansas

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