Sometimes I get this feeling that my life is speeding ahead in the fast lane and all I can do is try to step back and beg to slow it down. My mind will go a mile a minute while my body stands still, leaving me victim to many sleepless nights. The best I know to do is put on some music (some choose TV, I tend to choose music or a good book) and try to lose myself in that narrative rather than my own. I’m in one of those places right now, so here’s my best attempt to slow my roll. Some of the songs are really slow and minimal, others are a little bit upbeat (because too slow and life can find itself getting too heavy). Soundtrack after the jump.
We’re about one month into summer so it’s only right for the Sunset Fam to give you a dose of our favorite songs of the season so far. We’ve compiled a list that’ll make you want to cruise to the beach with your windows down, with no worries in the world. Here’s our top 20 must-have tracks to get you going for the rest of this lovely season.
1. Netherfriends – Uptown Boys
There’s not much I can say other than this jam by Netherfriends is one of the coolest songs I’ve ever heard. If I could only transport back to college and just drive around campus blasting this song with my windows rolled down. Fuck it, though, I’m just going to put my headphones on, play this song on repeat, and strut around living like it’s a summer day every day. It’s easy to dream when you’re always high. - Lydia
2. La Plage – Rendez Vous
3. Sol – Jump In
To be honest, I go back and forth on Sol. Sometimes I think his content is lacking substance. But when it comes to a summer tune, sometimes the last thing you want is heavy content. That’s part of what makes this song so perfect. It’s light, airy, and catchy as ever. music is my baby, she drive me crazy - Lydia
We’re about half way through July, and almost 7 months into 2013. We’ve had a lot good moments, and I’m sure there’s more to come, but it’s time to do one of these lists! Ya know, cause Sunset writers are your favorite writers out there and you treasure our opinions the most. Other music sites are rolling out their “Best of 2013 So Far,” so we decided to hop in on the action and have all of our writers give you their favorite album, EP, mixtape, and song thus far! Please do remember, these are subject to change come the end of 2013. I hope it does change by the end because what’s listed below is some really, really, really, ridiculously good music.
Also, shout out to our guy, Eric, for the sick artwork.
- Lydia: Foxygen – We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
- Arjun: Kanye West – Yeezus
- Jordan: Kanye West – Yeezus
- Andy: Kanye West – Yeezus
- Dusty: Kanye West – Yeezus
- Eric: Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
- Alicia: Disclosure – Settle
- DPrep: Magna Carta…Holy Grail
- Lydia: Bipolar Sunshine – Aesthetics
- Arjun: Bipolar Sunshine – Aesthetics
- Jordan: Bipolar Sunshine – Aesthetics
- Andy: N/A
- Dusty: Sir Sly – Gold
- Eric: Electric Guest – Good America EP
- Alicia: Yuna – Sixth Street EP
- DPrep: Bipolar Sunshine – Aesthetics
- Lydia: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Arjun: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Jordan: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Andy: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Dusty: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Eric: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Alicia: Kilo Kish – K+
- DPrep: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Lydia: Fryars – On Your Own
- Arjun: Drake – Started from the Bottom
- Jordan: Kanye West – I’m In It
- Andy: Justin Timberlake – Pusher Love Girl
- Dusty: Rihanna – Stay (ft. Mikky Ekko)
- Eric: James Blake – Retrograde
- Alicia: Banks – Before I Ever Met You
- DPrep: Vampire Weekend – Hannah Hunt
Listen While You Work 1.0 started with me saying I was trying to keep my head above water at my job. I came out yesterday in a pretty personal post saying that I wasn’t going to live that way anymore. That said, I still spend many hours at work, and it’s always important to have good music to listen to at work. And so comes Episode 2 of Listen While You Work. For the most part, it’s a little more upbeat this time; you gotta keep you head up while ya work, right? This version features music from the following artists:
- Sam Smith
- Sound Remedy
- The National
- Wildlife Control
Since discovering Fryars the other day, I’ve listened to “On Your Own” on repeat for most of my waking moments. Today, Gorilla Vs Bear premiered the music video for “On Your Own,” which is a gut-wrenching display of heartbreak, solitude, and unstoppable tears. It’s what could be expected from such a heartbreaking song, but exceeds expectations in its crisp production by Olivier Grouix and unwavering emotionless expressions from Fryars himself. It’s very likely that you’ll find yourself crying as you watch this video. Or, if you’re really heartless (like I sometimes am), you might chuckle a little bit if you’re in public while watching this. But mainly to protect yourself from judgement of watching people cry in slow-motion. Yes, you are a heartless bastard
Fryars is the the stage name for Benjamin Garrett, a singer from London. I don’t know much more about Fryars other than his name and the links to his sites (website, Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube), but I can tell you one thing: I’m hooked. I don’t typically endorse the use of autotone from legitimate singers, but when it’s done artfully, like Fryars has done here, or like Bon Iver has done in the past, it can be quite beautiful.
Something about the lyrics (hit the jump to read all of the lyrics) of this song are really getting to me. Maybe it’s memories of heart break, or maybe it’s the fact that I live by myself, so I come home to little more than an enclosed space with a cat and some plants, but that chorus is breathtaking. on your own, feeling like you don’t belong. Something tells me we’ve all had moments where we feel completely alone and like we don’t belong. It seems dark and heavy, but it’s so common to so many people. We seek out company like it’s paramount to survival and happiness. But really, aren’t we all alone here?