February: The month of love, remembering that you’re ~still~ single, clearance section chocolate and so much more. When you’re in need of new music to listen to while eating an entire box of chocolate (yeah, we saw that) we’re here to help with our February Staff Playlist.
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Blindsided – Bon Iver
Addie Whelan – Editor In Chief
Last week, I got to attend the Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago 10 Year Anniversary show in Milwaukee. One of the most important albums to me growing up, FEFA was a really huge force in shaping my music taste into what it is now. “Blindsided” is a slow and moving piece, with the clear emotional background that explains the true feeling of blindsided by something happening in your life that you might not expect.
Altar – Sir Sly
Gina Scarpino – Photo Editor
Lately, I’ve really been vibing with Sir Sly’s newest album Don’t You Worry, Honey. “Altar” is easily my favorite song on the album, and truthfully, I haven’t stopped listening to it since I saw the band live last summer. It’s such a punchy song that takes you through the heartache from a break-up, ending with great gospel choir part in the last minute of the song. Something about the beat gets me so hyped and just makes me want to scream at an ex-boyfriend that I don’t have.
Sunsets For Somebody Else – Jack Johnson
Kristen Humphries – Content Assistant
Living in a seemingly endless winter season exhausts me. I try to combat these feelings by listening to soft, relaxing songs reminiscent of warmer days. This song off Jack Johnson’s newest album is exactly what I need to close my eyes and feel the sunshine and sea breeze on my skin.
Cherry Wine (Live) – Hozier
Delaney DeAngelis – Deputy Editor and Online Content Manager
To be honest, the only song by Hozier I listened to previously was “Take Me To Church.” One night I was listening to music on Spotify and kept clicking on “related artists” and ended up listening to Hozier, and now I’m hooked. I especially love the live version of “Cherry Wine,” there’s something so calming about it.
Wild Love – James Bay
Madeline Shiffer – Contributing Writer
James Bay is BACK and honestly? He truly might be better than ever. This song hits all the classic elements of his debut album, The Chaos and the Calm, but gives listeners something fresh and exciting to look forward to. And his belt on that last chorus break? YES PLEASE.
Higher – Carly Rae Jepsen
Blake Charles – Contributing Photographer and Writer
To put it simply, “Higher” is pop perfection. Released on an album of B-sides originally intended for Carly Rae Jepsen’s criminally underrated 2015 album E•MO•TION, “Higher” is one of the 8 rejected songs that managed to get a proper release, and thank goodness it did. From the heavy, rapid fire percussion and synths, to the choir of backing vocals, this song is practically begging to be blasted in the car with all the windows down. It makes me wonder, if this song was once rejected, what other slices of pop brilliance has Carly hidden away?
Top to Toe – Fenne Lily
Bailey Flores – Contributing Photographer and Writer
This acoustic song is perfect to listen to on those cold rainy days. I came across this song while at Starbucks and then found it on spotify and fell in love with it.
Caroline (I Can’t Explain) – The Kents
Valerie McIntyre – Contributing Photographer & Writer
I just started listening to The Kents and so far this is my favorite track. This band was recommended by the staff members of BTS and it’s fair to say they have good taste in new music.
Come Through – The Regrettes
Alyssa Buzzello – Contributing Photographer and Writer
This song, off of The Regrettes’ new EP, has been stuck in my head since it came out. It’s a little bit edgy but also so upbeat! The Regrettes are on so many festival lineups this summer, so don’t sleep on them.
JOYFUL – X Ambassadors
Lauren Klonowski – Contributing Writer
I’ve always like the music X Ambassadors has released, but this song blew me away. The stripped back, raw nature to the vocals and the oldies-influenced tracking behind it just makes it so great. You can hear so many influences in it and it has such an anthemic feel all in the span of 4 minutes.
Amsterdam – Nothing But Thieves
Abby Fox – Contributing Writer
This is by far my favorite song from Broken Machine. I love how it starts slow and builds up to the loud, anthemic chorus. It always makes me want to dance around, and Conor Mason’s vocals are so incredible.
Karma- Grayson DeWolfe
Sam Aneed – Contributing Photographer and Writer
I was scrolling through facebook when I came across this song and I have been hooked since. Grayson DeWolfe has such a powerful vocal range not just in this song but in his entire album. The reason this song stuck out to me so much is because it is so relatable and I love music I can relate too. In a sense its telling the person who cheated on you that you’re good without them, you’re better off! I jam to this song hard in the car, its so fantastic.
Porkies – Don Broco
Chelsea Gresh – Contributing Photographer + Writer
I have been waiting for a new Don Broco since I heard their first single, “Pretty”, when it first came out. The day the new album came out, this song stood out to me. It hits SO hard. I feel such a rush of energy as soon as the chorus hits. This is a song I know I’ll be obsessing over for the next few months.