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An Autumn Playlist

An Autumn Playlist

    Fall is absolutely my favorite season, and I know that’s an opinion I share with many others. A playlist to encompass the entirety of fall is a task far beyond me. There are too many autumnal themes to smash into one list – bonfires, apple cider, falling leaves, crisp air, sweaters, etc. My goal here is to share some songs that can accompany varying elements of fall, though they don’t all fit together with one coherent feeling.

  • “Tiny Vessels,” by Death Cab For Cutie on Transatlanticism (2003): I’ve essentially been listening to the entirety of Transatlanticism on repeat since the first fully sub-70 degree-day this year. I’m featuring “Tiny Vessels” on the playlist because it specifically mentions “dark grey clouds.” Overall the soft piano and acoustic guitar of the verses blend well with the subdued nature of fall’s overcast skies.

  • “Infatuation,” by Liu Bei on Infatuation/Atlas World EP (2014): This London-based group uses smooth, haunting vocals, slow synthy accompaniment and forlorn lyrics that flow seamlessly with a foggy day.

  • “Hedwig’s Theme,” from the Harry Potter films: “Hedwig’s Theme” is autumnal, spooky and ominous. It goes with everything about October and reminds you to re-read all of the Harry Potter books.

  • “Smile Like You Mean It,” by The Killers on Hot Fuss (2004): This song calls a person to reminisce, and fall brings on nostalgia. The chords seem to slide together metallically here, and combined with the hazy blue cover art, this song feels cold. “Smile Like You Mean It” is the soundtrack to late fall when there is frost on the ground, snow is yet to come.

  • “Michigan,” by Milk Carton Kids on Prologue (2011): This album was released in July, but “Michigan” belongs to grey, rainy days. This song is about heartbreak and its mournful indie folk tones are incongruous with any other season.

  • “House of Gold,” by Twenty One Pilots on Vessel (2013): Whether it is the repeated use of the word “gold,” the upbeat ukulele or the overall warm-fuzzy message, I think this song is a nice background for late afternoon sunlight filtering through autumn leaves.

  • “West Coast,” by MISSIO (Cover of Lana Del Rey, 2016): MISSIO’s fuller voice and darker tones bring “West Coast” a deeper, more brooding vibe that feels like a clear, cold, late-October night.

  • “Ophelia,” by The Lumineers on Cleopatra (2016): “Ophelia” features a light, staccato piano in its chorus, and the sound fits with the overall fall theme of reveling in every new wonder as the seasons change. This song is about falling in love so it can go perfectly with any cliché fall activity.

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