10 Songs To Conclude Your Summer

I swear I don’t only listen to summery tunes year-round. I have a very well-rounded music taste and library.
Given that the summer is about to end and some of us are getting ready to go back to school, it’s only appropriate to drag out those warm summer nights on the beach. Sure, you can sit in your basement underneath a large blanket, freezing yourself out with an air conditioner set at 65 degrees, but you can do that it your dorm room in the middle of autumn. When will be the next time you can sit on a beach around a bonfire with your best friends until the fiery sky goes dark?
Do not say next year because it is impossible to get a group chat plan together that quickly.
For all your beach pyromaniac needs, I have curated a playlist to play at a volume of your choice to soundtrack your final late summer evenings. Crashing waves, brisk breezes and crickets be damned—the indie world is far more suited to be the background sound for crackling logs and laughter.

“A Fax From The Beach” by Classixx, off of their album, Hanging Gardens

I suppose the modern day “fax from the beach” would be a Snapchat that goes out to the hundreds of friends on your list.
“A Fax From The Beach” features a drum track that sounds like the two-piece group from Los Angeles, California, picked up a couple of shells and rocks from said beach and recorded the sounds made when you hit them. It is a track that contains no lyrics, meaning that you can easily get lost in the dreamy synth that dictates the piece. The synth swells up and down in in the 5:39 (!) minute track, effortlessly imitating the rise and fall of the ocean tide.

“Krumme Lanke” by Ducktails, off of their record, St. Catherine

Quite frankly, in my own opinion, this track isn’t long enough. Featuring yet another dreamy synthesizer, Ducktails easily blends the electronic with the natural (acoustic guitar and horn.) This synthesizer, while taking you to another planet entirely, is wistful, evoking a certain sadness. Somehow, however, this sadness is combatted by the flute that enters at the middle of the track. The rise and fall of the flute’s scale inspires a hope for the end of the inexplicable sadness. Combined, the instruments lull you into a drowsy bliss where, somehow, you’re smiling at the end of the song.
For those who are wondering, Krumme Lanke is a lake located in Berlin, Germany.

“Agoraphobia” by Deerhunter, off of their album, Microcastle

All right, I have ended the no-lyrics nonsense. You now have something to sing along to. You’re welcome.
The song repeats “Cover me,” “comfort me” and “comfort me” almost incessantly. It’s done in such a way, however, that you become blissfully lost in Bradford Cox’s voice. Critical to the understanding of this song, agoraphobia is the fear of places and situations that could cause panic. It is only natural that the song calls for comfort and “four walls of concrete.”
The track does not deviate from its repetitive drum and guitar line. It is methodic, metronomic and calm—mirroring the sterile calm the speaker is desperately looking for in his or her environment.

“Drag” by Day Wave

I have an hour commute by train and I can attest that is song is good enough to listen to on repeat for that entire hour.
The song is a response to what seems to be an accusatory jab by a frustrated lover. The repeated use of the phrase “You say” and “I know” indicates that the other party is offended and insulted by whatever actions the speaker has done as of late. It seems as if the insulted lover is mumbling underneath his or her breath, attempting to reflect while maintaining his or her honor, afraid to lash back momentarily, until the chorus which explodes into a crooning, yet controlled, response.
The opening guitar is reminiscent of that lo-fi, California sound featured in the previous playlist. This riff, however, is not all sunshine and fuzz. It is a far more exposed, saddened line. Even when the bridge hits with bright notes coming from the guitar, it still evokes feelings of melancholy. With echoing vocals that every indie artist seems to be using these days, there’s no reason for “Drag” to not be the song that you conclude your summer with.

“Komorebi” by Craft Spells, off of their record, Nausea

As you sit back with your crew on the beach, pay close attention to this song. The synth is unique in that it seems to dance with whatever breeze is running through your hair. Paired with the lyrics, “Take the time to know / how alone you are / in this world,” for some reason, now your chest hurts and your eyes sting.
Underneath the vast expanse of the stars with “Komorebi” running through your ears, you might undergo some sort of sensory overload. This is good. FEEL YOUR FEELINGS.

“Days” by The Drums, off of their album, Portamento

The Drums are your quintessential summer band to shoegaze to. Get off of you’re a*s and dance in the sand.
“Days” features lyrics sung by the ever-broody Jonny Pierce. His voice in the opening lyric is gravely, indicating that perhaps the speaker is still broken up about the split, but this is not the case. Pierce repeats that “Days go by / and I never needed you,” proving that yes, the speaker is far over whatever tragic break-up occurred and wants everyone and the ex-lover, to know it. There is an odd sensation of a sadness that somehow uplifts the listener.
You might be wondering how you could possibly dance to a track so sad? Trust me, staring at your feet submerged in the sand with your hair in front of your face is not happy dancing. But, you’re with your friends! Revel in your collective The Drums-inspired sadness. Maybe even cry together.

“Ruby” by Spirit Maces, off of their record, Torpor

Okay, if you haven’t stopped crying. Please stop that and listen to “Ruby” by Spirit Maces.
“Ruby” opens up with a very dominant rhythm guitar that will have you dancing in no time. Oddly enough, however, it fades into the grasp of the synthesizer by the chorus and you almost forget that there ever was a guitar in the first place.
The chorus is nearly unintelligible except for a select set of words. Spirit Maces moves away from the grumbling and mumbling featured in prior lyrics and lets his voice go into a full-out crooning explosion, providing the listener with the emotional relief he or she had been searching for.
[protected-iframe id=”f253e4291c661ef89723c6db8cbf3341-860993-90636152″ info=”https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=2015033798/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/track=3293330329/transparent=true/” width=”300″ height=”150″]

“Shadow” by Wild Nothing, off of their album, Nocturne

One of the particular reasons I love “Shadow” by Wild Nothing is because of how exposed their lyrics are. They hold nothing back—they try to hide nothing from the listener. What Wild Nothing puts on the table is for everyone to see and feel.
The opening guitar line is haunting—you’ll hear it not only hours after listening to the piece, but throughout the song. It holds the song together when everything, in the sense of the story, is falling apart. Jack Tatum’s voice is breathless, as if the speaker has said every word he or she knows to try and fix the situation.
Paired with strings that echo the guitar (and sad stringed instruments make everyone cry), “Shadow” is a song that’ll have you shaking in your sandals, overwrought with a heartbreak that is not your own.

“This Weather, A Swimmer” by Princeton, off of their single, “Clamoring For Your Heart” / “This Weather, A Swimmer” 

Given that summer evenings tend to get rudely cold, let the opening guitar of “This Weather, A Swimmer” attempt to warm you up. Jesse Kivel’s voice holds all the memories of good times past, present and future. There is no sadness to this track, only warm, happy memories.
Lose yourself (not in the Eminem sense) to the running strings and elaborate orchestrations. It’s okay—I know rocking out to a cello is definitely something you weren’t prepared for today.
I felt you all deserved a nice, happy song because I hit you with eight straight tracks of pure emotional frustration and torment.

“Suicide Saturday” by Hippo Campus, off of their EP, Bashful Creatures

For such a depressing song title, this song is oddly upbeat (yet another song for you to furrow your brow and stare at your computer in emotional confusion.)
Jake Luppen’s voice is crisp and clean. Paired with instrumentals that are equally so, you are presented with a track that is perfected down to the tiniest detail. There is nothing out of place, resulting in a song that is pure listening bliss. Precise guitar runs and round bass guitars can only equate a happy listening experience. By the end of the track, not only will you be scrambling for the repeat button (not because it is the end of the playlist and who the hell wants to listen to cicadas), but because the song has immense replay value.
You’ll want the song to continue on forever like you wish the summer would, but, alas—all good things must come to an end.
Listen to the playlist via Spotify below.
[spotify id=”spotify:user:122980118:playlist:5g5A9VQ5eqdi8GN7Qfg0WQ” width=”300″ height=”380″ /]
[Lead image via]

7 Things That Happened When I Gave Up All Social Media For A Weekend
7 Things That Happened When I Gave Up All Social Media For A Weekend
  • 10614935101348454