IT’S TIME, PEOPLE. Also, I realized all of these songs are pretty depressing. Enjoy.
- “Tropic of Cancer” – Panda Bear. This is a really beautiful song just for the ears alone. It’s also a song I couldn’t imagine doing drugs to, except maybe heroin, but I’m in no rush to do heroin. The lyrics are a bit cryptic but I can relate them to my own mental illness, as I’m sure many other mentally ill people can if they choose to interpret them this way, particularly: “When they said he’s ill / Laughed it off as if it’s no big deal / What a joke”.
- “In The Woods Somewhere” – Hozier. Yes, this guy does have other songs besides “Take Me To Church”. I actually like to listen to this as I’m falling asleep sometimes, but it does have a very ominous sound and message behind it. I absolutely love how the scream he hears in the woods turns out to be a fox, since that is very real. The foxes around here sound like fucking demon banshees. This is one of those rare songs that has no chorus and tells a coherent story, and damn, it’s nice.
- “Love Buzz” – Anika. I’m normally not a fan of covers, even though Nirvana covered this song anyway (and I love that one as well), but this is great. I was surprised to find that the vocals are female, not female. This has a weird, almost eerie sound, maybe a bit droll to some but I think it’s fantastic.
- “Stye Eye” – Dirty Beaches. I can’t rave about Dirty Beaches enough. If I did drugs, he’d be my band. I want to be snorting coke in my leather jacket in a grimy bathroom with Dirty Beaches pounding in the background. I recommend all his music highly. If you can handle intense, lo-fi sounds and inaudible lyrics, give him a shot. This is a song I would also murder someone to. It sounds like a death chant.
- “Speed Roadster” – David Lynch. We all know what a fucking genius this man is, but I didn’t discover his music until recently, and goddamn, I love it all. I would describe it as “dismal poetry”, in the best sense of the words. This almost sounds like a teenage revenge song or something. It’s great. I love the line “Maybe you’re happy / I hope you’re not.”
- “Stones’ Gone Up” – David Lynch. I’m sorry. I’m repeating an artist. Honestly, I’ve been listening to primarily David Lynch for the past two weeks, so I recommend any of his songs. This one has a faster beat than most of his other work but still has dark, ambiguous lyrics. I assume this song is about a girl dying and some weird dream, so it’s basically like Twin Peaks. Listen to it.
- “God Knows I Tried” – Lana Del Rey. My best friend and I are both big Lana Del Rey fans and with each album she released, we pick a song that would be “our song” (one for her, one for me). This is “my” song. It sounds very raw and heartfelt and aching in that sense, like a plea. It’s definitely one of my top favorites off of her newest album.
- “Del Rio” – St. Vincent. I think this is a bonus track on her self-titled album. This is one of my favorites of hers to sing along to, mostly because it’s one of the few I actually can and not sound like a dying whale. Well, at least I hope not. It has some pizzaz to it, a little bit of friendly fury. It’s written about/in reference to one of Annie’s actual best friends and I can only imagine what an honor that must be for him.
- “Blood on the Leaves” – Kanye West. I have a love/hate relationship with this song. I’m not sure if Nina Simone’s original vocals from her song “Strange Fruit (Blood on the Leaves)” are used on this track, but someone sings those lyrics in the background regardless. This is another song with fury and aggression, but in the more true sense of those words. I think the lyrics are well-done, honestly. I’m sort of ashamed of how much of a Kanye West fan I am when it comes to his music because we all know he’s a douchebag in actuality.