Lifestyle #50 Weekly Spotify Playlist

Weekly Spotify Playlist:

Madelaine’s picks

  1. Local Natives – “Right Across the Line”
  2. Young the Giant – “Mind Over Matter (Reprise)”
  3. Adia Victoria – “I Haven’t Killed Me Yet”

Indie rock band Local Natives are impressive with their cover of “Right Down The Line”. The song was originally performed by Gerry Rafferty and is from the artist’s 1978 album “City to City”. Local Natives retain the original lyrics and catchy melody, but add their own twist by incorporating heavier percussion and electronic elements. Both this version and the original are worth adding to your summer playlist.

Young the Giant is a rock band formed in 2004. “Mind Over Matter (Reprise)” comes from the band’s 2015 album release “Mirrorball / Mind Over Matter (Reprise)”. The best way to describe this song is powerful. Everything mixes perfectly; lead vocalist Sameer Gadhia’s dynamic vocals, a rock ‘n’ roll inspired track and gospel-like background vocals.

“Ain’t Killed Me Yet” is Adia Victoria’s latest release. Victoria’s sound is a mix of alternative, indie, blues rock and southern gothic. It is one of Victoria’s sweetest songs, allowing the listener to really hear the characteristic raspyness of her voice.

Sean’s Picks

  1. Fresh – “Going to Bed”
  2. Totally Cashed – “Sports Drink”
  3. Beabadoobee – “See you soon”

Fresh’s “Going to Bed” is a new release this week from the British indie and pop-punk band. This song highlights a more indie rock side to the band and is an exciting direction as the third single from their upcoming album due out this summer.

Totally Cashed’s “Sport Drink” is a track that highlights just how promising local artists can be. Totally Cashed is an up-and-coming Chicago-based band with a very interesting and adorable twist. The “Trash” lead singer loves both music and bagels, baking dozens to sell at shows in place of traditional tableware. This new song shows a very exciting glimpse of what’s to come from the rapidly growing group.

Beabadoobee’s new single “See you Soon” is one of the singer’s airy, dreamy vocals, with a warm instrumental track that captures much of the beauty of the mid-’90s while blending her own style into the track. with familiar drum machine loops and synths towards the end of the track. All in all a great new indie song from the British singer-songwriter.

Daija’s picks

  1. Gabrielle Aplin – “Ready to Question”
  2. Bon Iver – “Brackett, Wisconsin”
  3. Stephen Sanchez – “Until I Find You”

“Ready to Question,” from Aplin’s debut album “English Rain,” explores the back and forth in your faith and the desire to answer certain questions. This song, like the rest of the album, has an indie-folk sound with deep and powerful guitar and piano instrumentals. Through the powerful instrumentals, you feel how frustrated Aplin is when it comes to faith and how complex it is.

Justin Vernon, the lead singer of Bon Iver, is known for writing about the places that mean the most to him, especially places in Wisconsin since he grew up and resided there. Brackett is where Vernon went to school, so in this song he details how to come to terms with the past and how time is a strange but beautiful concept. “Brackett, WI” features Bon Iver’s usual bass guitar instrumental but it’s not too loud or overpowering; instead, it’s more soothing.

Sanchez is a newer musician, who got his start on TikTok after one of his songs went viral on the platform. “Until I Find You” is about feeling out of place and being insecure in a relationship, but after taking time, realizing that you are meant to be with this person. The song has a 60s slow dance sound to it and I like to compare it to Paul Anka’s “Put Your Head On My Shoulder”.

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