This whole summer has felt like its own weird universe. It’s been a transition time, between the worlds of high school and college, that hasn’t felt entirely real or certain. Luckily, there has been some incredible new music to get lost in as I’ve tried to navigate this time and this enormous spectrum of emotion that comes with preparing to leave almost everything I know behind. This playlist features those.
Lorde’s Melodrama is certainly the most notable of these releases. Her first album, Pure Heroine, contributed greatly to my high school experience, so I was eagerly awaiting a new album to cling to. Melodrama is rich and enchanting; it’s a clear universe built by pop songs that capture emotion in the purest, most magnificent and terrifying forms. “The Louvre” feels distinctly like falling in love, while “Supercut” brings back the sharp image of heartbreak and regret. “Liability” captures the loneliness of feeling like you’re too much for the people you love. Each song is incredible, and the album flows together seamlessly.
Arcade Fire’s Everything Now has been easy and pleasant listening with its disco influences and tame social commentary. Thirteen-year-old Grace Vanderwaal released the lovely, dancey single “Moonlight.” Lana Del Rey’s new album is my favorite since her first! Hug of Thunder is Broken Social Scene’s latest release, and it’s wonderful all the way through. There’s also awesome new music from Grizzly Bear, Haim, Sylvan Esso, alt-J (who I just saw in concert!), and more.
Listen to the playlist for a sample of these new releases, then dive into the albums when you have time.
Art by Darcy!