Airs to immerse you in the autumn spirit
Do you have the impression that autumn has passed too quickly? Still need to get into the spirit of the season? Check out these 15 songs that are perfect for changing the leaves, rainy days, pumpkin lattes, and apple pies.
1. “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young
With soft banjo-guitar chords and a harmonica solo, Young returns to his folk roots in this homage to the fall lunar cycle. “Harvest Moon” gives the impression of driving in a street lined with maple trees with the windows down.
2. “Autumn City Leaves” by Iron & Wine
“Autumn Town Leaves” is dripping sweet with lyrics like “Some want love and some want gold / I just wanna see you in the morning.” Iron & Wine’s alternative indie flair hits the mark in this stripped-down yet affectionate song perfect for late-night listening.
3. Clairo’s “Amoeba”
Clairo’s celestial vocal harmonies shine through in this song from his latest album, “Sling”. Between funky electric guitar and cohesive reverb, “Amoeba” is a song anyone can groove on.
4. “Stormy weather” by Etta James
Only Etta James could make rainy days and gloomy moods so beautiful. The sentimental love song was originally written in 1933 by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler, but James’ interpretation is self-contained given his emotional tone and contralto vocal timbre.
5. “Apple pie” by Lizzy McAlpine
Looking for the perfect song to listen to in the kitchen this fall? Turn on the McAlpine Ballad for warm vibes and charming lyrics such as “… you feel like / City life, apple pie baked right / Home is wherever you are tonight.”
6. “Crimson & Clover” by Tommy James & The Shondells
This 1968 classic from the psychedelic rock artist will help you achieve your lead character one guitar riff at a time by painting the image of crimson leaves to match the trees outside.
7. “Boyish” by Japanese breakfast
“Boyish” is the perfect soundtrack to glamorously cry on a night by candlelight. It feels like a flashback and is steeped in nostalgia, great for late night ruminations. “What do you want from me?” Michelle Zauner sings. “If you don’t like how I look, then go.”
8. “Where are you leading” by Carole King
The theme song to the beloved Y2K comedy-drama “Girlmore Girls,” King’s serious ballad will have you wanting to wear a Lorelai-style knit or corduroy jacket. Relax with a pumpkin and spice latte and devour the series.
9. “The Years of the Dog” by Maggie Rogers
The video for “Dog Years” perfectly sums up the mood of the song: a rainy walk among the autumn leaves. Rogers harmoniously blends folk and pop, adding chimes, rattlesnake tail shakes, and other unconventional sounds to make the song sonically complex.
10. “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman
Chapman’s famous song from 1988 uses a calming rhythmic acoustic guitar with a bouncing downbeat to evoke images of escape. Listening makes you want to take your love by the hand and disappear in a whirlwind of autumn leaves.
11. “Fancy Shoes” by The Walters
The third song from their “Songs for Dads” album, “Fancy Shoes” has a clean acoustic quality, similar to songs from the Lumineers album “Cleopatra”. Perfect for any fall night out, this song feels like tossing in high heels and dancing barefoot in the kitchen.
12. “Boomer” by Bartees Strange
Amid all the seasonal depressing on this playlist, “Boomer” feels like the cathartic exit from a sunny day in the middle of fall. The indie rock anthem hints at the vocal styles of Alabama Shakes, with a high-pitched staccato and electric guitar for days.
13. “It’s Fall” by Nat King Cole
The 1941 Jazz Ensemble was written by Henry Nemo and features a soft piano with Cole’s soft voice repeating the phrase “La-di-da, di-da-di-dum, ’tis Autumn”. A gentle tempo makes the song soothing and perfect for chilling out on fall mornings.
14. “White Winter Hymnal” by Fleet Foxes
The sonic build-up of music in “White Winter Hymnal” will give you all the serotonin you need when the weather gets colder and winter is knocking on our doorstep. Its rhythmic electric bass and tambourine create the perfect seasonal spirit for late fall.
15. “Halloween” by Phoebe Bridgers
“Halloween” is haunting – in the best possible way. Bridgers (whose signature skeleton suit screams creepy all alone) contrasts ethereal vocals and dark lyrics to evoke a bittersweet aura.
Maia Spoto and Ilana Arougheti contributed reporting.
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