Weekly Playlists: May Week Three

Summer is here- finally! With it comes a new set of tunes to jam out to during your sunny commute. The sun rises early these days, and your daily playlist should be fresh and new as well. Here are five new tracks to add to your commute playlist.

 

“Jesus Christ” by Brand New

An all-time favorite, this track is a great throwback for long, cool summer nights. While the lyrics his hard, the production is so calm and tranquil. Brand New is beyond talented and this is certainly one of their best tracks.

 

“Jackie” by Cold Fronts

Much more upbeat than my previous picks, this is from a band that I am relatively new to. It’s certainly a summer track, one to mindlessly enjoy and jam out to.

 

“I Would Do Anything For You” by Foster The People

An oldie but a goodie- Foster The People truly outdid themselves when it cam eto their debut studio album. This track is a slower and certainly worth a few listens. It’s gentle and a breath of fresh air from the mild techno that the band favors.

 

“Historic Cemetery” by The Front Bottoms

The Front Bottoms is iconic and I have found myself drifting back to this song often. The lyrics and production are great, as usual. It’s another memorable track from a great band.

 

“Alligator Bop” by A Great Big Pile Of Leaves

A Great Big Pile Of Leaves is my current summer favorite. The style is laid back but is an edge of summer bonfire with smores and a few beers. They’re fun, but still something to just hang out and listen to.

 

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Album Picks: Blush

Mooseblood satisfies the pop-punk lover in all of us. Their lyrics are incredible and the vocals will keep you coming back for more. My personal favorite album, “Blush,” was released relatively recently in 2016. These tracks remind me why I fell in love with them in the first place. Here are my top picks from Mooseblood’s “Blush.”

“Glow”
The lyrics are my favorite part of this track. It holds a ton of emotion and is a relatable set of lines while also remaining totally clever and standing apart from tracks that tackle the same subject matter.

“Shimmer”
A slow track, “Shimmer” is another set of lines that are emotional and relatable. Unfortunately, this is a track that you need to be in a mood for. While incredible, it’s a heavy song.

“Knuckles”
One of my all-time favorite for the band, “Knuckles” is the classic pop-punk vibes that Mooseblood is always striving for.

“Sulk”
This track has a bit of a different vibe. Instead of a classic view of pop-punk style, “Sulk” has a different production line. It’s a fresh new take on a classic style that Mooseblood has developed.

“Sway”
The combination of the production with the lyrics make this one of my favorite tracks that Mooseblood has ever released. The final minute and a half of this track pulls your heartstrings, using this same style tactic.

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Album Picks: ZABA

Glass Animals has been an artist that I’ve been listening to since early high school. Recently, in light of midterms and term papers, I’ve rekindled my love for this deliciously odd band. “ZABA” is the band’s first album, released in 2014, and certainly sets the pace for the rest of their tracks. Here are my top picks from Glass Animals’ “ZABA.”

“Pools”
A very safari vibe track, “Pools” is one of my recent loves. I didn’t appreciate it nearly as much as I do now when I was a young high schooler. The lyrics are as psychedelic as you would expect, but the production gives it a heavier weight.

“Wyrd”
My favorite track from this album, “Wyrd” has a very specific heaviness in the production. A very late night foreign club vibe, this is a song that reminds me of my recent study abroad trip. Each vocal and each beat takes me back to a Greek beach with a Corona.

“Cocoa Hooves”
I keep thinking of very fluid words to describe this album, but “Cocoa Hooves” has a sharper tone. The downbeats are harsher and the lyrics are a bit more aggressive. It’s a change of pace that the album certainly benefitted from.

“Toes”
This track certainly embodies the “gooey” vibe that this album is based on. A psychedelic experience, “Toes” has a very quiet, smooth tone.

“Hazey”
A more “Mulan” and Asian vibe, “Hazey” has a very distinct sound that the rest of the album doesn’t have. The lyrics are incredibly thoughtful, as well. While the band has very specific lyric choices, “Hazey” has more weight to it.

“Gooey”
This track has a name that describes the entirety of the album and style that Glass Animals has established. “Gooey” has all of the elements that makes this album one of my favorites: a psychedelic lyric choice, great vocals, and thoughtful production.

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Album Picks: Joanne

Lady Gaga’s “Joanne” is an iconic leap for this classic artist. I grew up with Gaga, and there is something so incredible about watching an artist grow while you do. “Joanne” is arguably her best release, with a style that feels truly natural for her and easy to love. Here are my top picks from Lady Gaga’s “Joanne.”

“Diamond Heart”

A very pressing tempo with lyrics to sing along to, “Diamond Heart” was my first love from “Joanne.” Gaga certainly turned out a great track with “Diamond Heart,” one with a ton of emotion and thoughtful lyrics.

“Joanne”

Heartfelt and the star track of the album, “Joanne” is an incredible, slow tune that deserves a place among her most popular.

“Dancin’ In Circles”

Another one of my first loves, “Dancin’ In Circles” is another very upbeat, dance tune. Something to sing along to in the car.

“Million Reasons”

One of my favorite songs ever from Lady Gaga, this track was her most popular from this album. It’s incredible lyric writing paired with thoughtful piano production.

“Hey Girl” (feat. Florence Welch)

A duet with Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine, it’s a combination that I didn’t realize that I needed in my life until now. It’s a great track, especially when you’re in for a chill night with a glass of wine.

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Album Picks: M A N I A

Fall Out Boy recently added their newest installment: “M A N I A.” An experimental time for the band, this album plays with jazzy, swing production and heavy synths and dubstep-esque production. This is experimentation done right- here are my picks from “M A N I A.”

“The Last Of The Real Ones”

The most popular album from the band’s newest release, “The Last Of The Real Ones” is certainly reminiscent of track such as “The Phoenix” and “Centuries”- with heavy beats and a quick tempo. This is an outlier of the album, though, in the best way possible. It’s a throwback to the early days of Fall Out Boy, the time when we fell in love with them in the first place.

“Heaven’s Gate”

“Heaven’s Gate” is one of the most obvious instances of a new swing style that the band is experimenting with. It’s a song to sway with a beer to, which is exciting as the weather begins to warm up.

“Sunshine Riptide (feat. Burna Boy)”

My personal favorite from this album, “Sunshine Riptide” is a blend of this new experimental style and their classic one. A party song, no doubt, it’s also great for a jam session during your next drive.

“Bishops Knife Trick”

A laid back track that contrasts the rest of the album, “Bishops Knife Trick” throw it back to “American Beauty/American Psycho,” arguably the best album that the band has ever released. Lyric heavy with thoughtful production, this is another of the best tracks on the album.

“Young and Menace”

“Young and Menace” is incredibly production heavy. With dubstep-esque synths and bass and minimal vocals, it’s certainly out of the comfort zone for the band; but, it paid off well. It’s a perfect blend of a very heavy style and is presented incredibly tastefully, my largest complaint for any electronic heavy track.

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