Lifestyle Weekly Spotify Playlist #64 – Northern Star

Weekly Spotify Playlist:

Daija’s picks

  1. Sabrina Carpenter – “emails that I cannot send”
  2. Taylor Swift – “Lavender Haze”
  3. American Football, Hayley Williams – “Uncomfortably Numb (feat. Hayley Williams)”

“emails i can’t send” is from Sabrina Carpenter’s 2022 album of the same name. With the song being the album’s opening track, Carpenter really comes in with a punch as she details her experience discovering that his father cheated on his mother. In “The Emails I Can’t Send,” Carpenter explains to her dad what she thinks he’s cheating on her when she sings”were you lying to me and the family? / There is no “we” in us when I lack confidence. The simple piano ballad and Carpenter’s raw vocals really help the song’s message shine through – Iinfidelity can affect the whole family, not just the individuals involved.

“Lavender Haze” is the opening track from Taylor Swift’s recent album “Midnights.” Right off the bat, the pulsating, electric beat is what drives the song forward. This is the type of song you would want to hear when partying with friends and having a good time. Swift describes the honeymoon phase in a relationship, how it’s full of fun and passion, and the desire to stay in that “Lavender Haze” forever.

“Uncomfortably Numb” was released in 2019 on American Football’s “American Football (LP3)” album. The song opens with Mike Kinsella, the lead singer, describing how he blamed his father for being an alcoholic; but now, as an adult and a father himself, he realizes there is no one to blame but alcohol. Kinsella and Paramore lead singer Hayley Williams continue the rest of the song, harmonizing, reflecting on their youth and describing how confusing and difficult life can be when you’re an adult.

Caleb’s Picks

  1. Gabbie Hanna – “Monster”
  2. Machine Gun Kelly – “Bloody Valentine”
  3. Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “INDUSTRY BABY”

Broken hearts and broken dreams, that’s what tears are made of. Released as a single in 2018, “Monster” explores the powerful emotions of losing friends and being alone. In the song, Gabbie Hanna laments not being able to keep the people in her life. “What if I was the monster that was always there?” Hanna sings. This line describes what I felt at the worst times of my life. In an interview with GeniusHanna described herself as feeling like any kind of relationship is just being left alone and bullied. She said she was finally able to move past this feeling, but it was difficult. I definitely associate myself with this feeling.

“Bloody Valentine” was released in 2020 as part of Machine Gun Kelly’s “Tickets To My Downfall” album. The song has a pop-punk beat and sound that I really enjoy. The lyrics of the song are very powerful as Kelly talks about being disappointed in love. It’s very poignant, and the lyrics “let’s play pretend / And treat this night like it’s happening again” make me think of sad times and how sometimes no one will find love. Despite the sad lyrics, the rhythms of “bloody valentine” provide a more uplifting feel.

Finally, I chose “INDUSTRY BABY” by Lil Nas X, featuring Jack Harlow, which was released in 2021 as part of Lil Nas X’s “MONTERO” album. This song has strong pop beats that flow really well . Lines like “You were never really for me anyway” and “When I get back to the top I wanna hear you say” are things I can relate to. The lyrics deal with the issues of fame, success, and the toughness of the entertainment and music industry. Lil Nas X sings about not dispelling rumors and turning haters into people willing to buy his products. I really vibe with the song and I think it’s great to get pumped up. I also love to hear a singer talk openly about being gay in his music. Lil Nas X makes no apologies for his sexuality and refuses to be anything other than his authentic self, and that’s a message I can relate to.

Sarah’s Choices

  1. Sufjan Stevens – “Flusive Peripherals (Doveman Remix)”
  2. Pink Floyd – “Comfortably Numb”
  3. The Weeknd, Gesaffelstein – “I Was Never There”

Sufjan Stevens released the song “Futile Devices” on his 2010 album “The Age of Adz”. Stevens’ song was later remixed in 2017 for the movie “Call Me by Your Name.” The song takes a sweet approach to what it feels like to be in love. Stevens describes being hypnotized by someone, describing their face and hands when performing acts such as crocheting or playing guitar. The song ends with the lyrics “And words are futile devices” to clarify that even though Stevens is describing how he feels in love with this person, words are not enough and he is physically unable to tell them this. “Futile Devices (Doveman Remix)” is short but sweet, with melodic instrumentals that carry the meaning of the song to the same extent as the lyrics.

Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” is the nineteenth track from their 1979 album “The Wall.” David Gilmour and Roger Waters sing about what it feels like to be in a state between consciousness and unconsciousness when taking drugs. The guitar solo and background bass mimic what it’s like to get further away from reality. Waters sings the lyrics “I hear you’re feeling down / Well I can ease your pain” to indicate that he’s been injected with a drug to ease the pain and loneliness he’s feeling. He walks away from this pain and moves towards a state of peace.

The Weeknd, also known as Abel Tesfaye, sings about his past breakups in “I Was Never There.” The song, featuring Gesaffelstein, is the fourth track from Abel’s 2018 album “My Dear Melancholy.” Abel sings about a breakup and how he begins to consider suicide, saying “it won’t matter”. The song could be about Bella Hadid or Selena Gomez, whom he dated and broke up with in 2016 and 2017, respectively. It is well known that Abel references both Hadid and Gomez in many of his songs. The deck “You’d rather something toxic / So I poison myself again, again / Until I feel nothing” involves Abel using drugs to cope with his breakup in the hopes that his depression disappear. The song is a cross between R&B and techno that will have listeners’ heads bobbing to its majestic tempo.

Nick’s Picks

  1. boygenius – “Stay Down”
  2. Katie Gregson-MacLeod – “complex”
  3. Clairo – “Blouse”

boygenius’ “Stay Down” is an ode to modern grief. The trio, consisting of Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus, is a group full of stars. The members are master songwriters, especially when it comes to sad songs. Bridgers is known for her songs about her issues with her father, Baker for her songs about the complex nature of her relationship with religion, and Dacus for her songs about her mental illnesses. This track is from their only release together, their 2018 EP. The only vocals on the track are Baker’s. His soft voice gives off a downcast and saddened sound. The lyrics, “I better learn to lean on the punch / So it don’t hurt as bad when they go” sits in the listener’s ear as Baker almost whispers it. This quiet beginning turns into final lines where she repeatedly shouts into the abyss “So I stay down” over and over again.

Katie Gregson-MacLeod erupted after going viral ICT Tac with its 2022 single “complex”. The song details a complex relationship that declines over its four-minute runtime. Gregson-MacLeod is known for her chorus of the song which begins “I wear his boxers, I’m a good wife.” These lines are not the ones that stand out the most. The two lines that hit the listener the most in the gut are “I need him like water” and “It’s complex / It’s a complex”. This last line breaks down two meanings of the word complex. This relationship could be a complex and difficult relationship to understand, or it could be a mental fixation that causes the writer to repeat his traumas. Either way, the song is certainly complex.

Clairo is known for her catchy and fun pop songs. When she released her album “Sling” in 2021, it shook up the music scene. The perfect encapsulation of Clairo’s turn is the song “Blouse.” Centered around smooth acoustic guitar with string accents, Clairo’s songwriting and vocal prowess stand out much more than ever on this song. Here, Clairo realizes she can make the chorus rise above the rest of the song. It focuses on the lyrics “If touch could make them hear, then touch me now.” But, the beginning is where one of the biggest lines is written. Clairo asks, “Why do I tell you how I feel / When you’re just staring at the blouse?” Heartbreaking and basic, this line is all any listener needs to hear to understand exactly what is going on in the relationship.