At the crossroads of cozy and spooky, October is a is a month full of confusing wardrobe patterns and revisiting old Father John Misty albums. Even though it probably won’t get actually cold until December here in Chapel Hill, here’s a playlist to get you in the cozy mood. (Disclaimer: Sweater Weather is not going to be on here)
1. To Stay - Great Dane
More on the alternative/EDM side for this list, I thought this was a great one to start off with. I’m a huge fan of techno, and this one gives off wintery/fall vibes to me. Great Dane’s website is really cool, which you can check out here, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t just buy 3 of their stickers.
2. Flame - Sundara Karma
Even though this one came out last year, I always revisit Sundara Karma when it gets cold outside. Maybe that’s a “me” thing, but their electric guitar and unique voices always pull me back in when I need music to listen to. Side note: I felt more and more like the main characters of their music video during this midterm season.
3. Chateau Lobby #4(In C for Two Virgins) - Father John Misty
I skipped out on Father John Misty’s one time at a music festival, and have been regretting it now that I listen to him a lot. His songs, especially his I Love You, Honeybear album, are perfect for driving with the windows down when its first turning to Fall. Think: Harry Potter scene when him and Hermione are dancing in the tent to Nick Cave. Minus Nick Cave.
4. Warm On a Cold Night - Honne & Someone That Loves You - Honne
I had to put both of these on here, because frankly, I cannot stop listening to either. I just recently saw Honne at Cat’s Cradle, and was so ecstatic I had bought tickets 6 months prior. It was such an intimate show, but I’m confident that it would have been just as good if I was on the lawn hundreds of feet away. You can’t really say that about many bands these days, especially with only a few band members, so I’m really hoping they keep making music.
5. 22 (Over Soon) - Bon Iver
Okay. Not even going to lie, I miiiiiiiight have cried the first time I listened to this song… Even though his new album is fucking fantastic, this song made me think of graduating college and the bittersweetness of the temporarity (is that a word) of our lives right now.
6. Mad - Solange and Lil Wayne
This. Song. First of all, didn’t know Solange could sing, second of all, Lil Wayne’s parts are ~hype~ as hell. Her whole new album, A Seat at the Table, is very relaxing and has a lot of great artists featured on it, so I definitely recommend giving it a spin.
7. Without You - Oh Wonder
On the more slower side, this one is great for crawling into bed or waking up to. It’s super easy to listen to, and is great for the purgatorial switch from summer to winter.
9. You’re the One - Kaytranada
I love, love, love this music video. You would never expect the 60’s retro scenes from just listening to the song, and it’s so well done. Kaytranada, I feel, is on the rise, and they remind me of Anderson Paak a lot of the time.
10. Keep on Calling - Nilufer Yanya & Small Crimes
Nilufer Yanya, based in London, is one of my favorite artists to listen to walking to class these past few days. Her voice is oddly contagious, and her lyrics are incredibly accurate and well-written.
11. Vincent - Car Seat Headrest
Car Seat Headrest’s persona, to me, is like the male counterpart to Courtney Barnett. Their electric guitar and stream-of-consciousness lyrics are so similar and likable. Listen to this one if you’re a fan of the Strokes, because they’re voices are almost identical.