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FEATURE: Sweater Weather: An Autumn Playlist

October 9, 2017 11:00 am

Written by Roisin Corbett

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The days are getting shorter, and it’s getting colder. That can only mean one thing: autumn is well and truly here. Within this playlist, I’ve curated my essential five songs for this autumn season.


1. Sweater Weather – The Neighbourhood

This song is the inspiration for this playlist as a whole. Ever since its release, I have always felt that it encapsulated the essence of autumn. The chilled mid-tempo beat and the autumnal subject matter blend together to create as close to a cosy autumnal atmosphere as I have ever come across. There is something particularly fitting about listening to indie music during the autumn months, and so it is with this theme in mind that I have curated the rest of this playlist.


2. Soothing – Laura Marling

This track by Laura Marling really captures the calm yet transitional aspect of the autumn months that I find so captivating. The song begins very simply, yet it builds to include instances of almost frantic strings. The track seems to be the closest I can find to the phenomenon of autumn’s flurries of falling leaves. The fact that the song draws so heavily on its bass notes also sets it apart, as it evokes the slightly ‘darker’ element of autumn in comparison to the summer months.



3. Howlin’ For You – The Black Keys

This track is perhaps a rather obvious choice, but after all, autumn is the season of Halloween. This track exemplifies the slightly creepy vibe of the season, and is guaranteed to be played at most, if not all, Halloween parties. The track fits in with the rest of this playlist due to its reliance on statement guitar riffs, which for some inexplicable reason seem to fit well with the autumn mood.


4. Did You Hear The Rain? – George Ezra

This track has a rather melancholy air, which typifies the feeling of wistfulness that comes with the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. Yet again, Ezra relies upon guitar riffs: the statement feature of this track. However, despite the fairly melancholy lyrics, the song is imbued with a sense of warmth through Ezra’s rich vocals, evoking the sense of being inside and listening to the rain fall outside.



5. It Will Come Back – Hozier

Like the other tracks on this playlist, this one by Hozier features the same swooping guitars that have nowadays come to exemplify the autumn months. The track is at once eerie and rather melancholic, which certainly captures the mood of the later autumn months. The track climaxes by building to a bass-heavy crescendo, which could perhaps represent the descent into winter.



I feel that all these songs encapsulate the eerie, transitional aspect of the autumn months, and will prove to be an excellent soundtrack for the coming months.


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