Wednesday playlist: for the dreamers

Wednesday Playlist: For the Dreamers

This one’s for the dreamers. This one’s for the lovers, the lovelorn, and the lonely. This one’s for anyone dreaming of sunshine on a wintry March day. It’s for the unrequited crushes, the happy flights of fancy, and the lazy mid-spring days. But enough preamble, let’s get into the music.


1. “Argentina (Parts I, II, III)” by Tokyo Police Club – No one wants to listen to a 9-minute pop song on a playlist, so why start off with this? Because although it’s an overused description, “infectious” is really the only way to describe this three-part medley. With a sound that harkens back to 90s rock and lyrics for the lovelorn, this epic is a smooth-sailing joy.

2. “Blue Moon” by Beck – It has been six years since Beck last released a record, and the singer-songwriter seems to have mellowed out in that time. Pulling back, the melancholy “Blue Moon” is a weary call for companionship.

3. “Alexandra” by Hamilton Leithauser – Bursting forth with confident charm, Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen marks his solo debut with this exuberant love song: “I don’t think back / I don’t need to / but I’m always / thinking of you.” I particularly love Rostam Batmanglij’s (of Vampire Weekend) bright flashes on keys here. (Note: the scantily clad ladies featured in this video may not be safe for work.)

4. “Until We Get There” by Lucius – I love how this little diddy evokes the sounds of spring. A slow-waking, self-assured tune.

5. “Sonsick” by San Fermin – This one is guaranteed to have you singing along by the second time through. It actually guest features vocals from the previous band, Lucius, with Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig belting out this explosive, catchy chorus.

6. “The Moon Song” by Karen O & Ezra Koenig – Anyone who watched the Oscars this year, or better yet, watched Spike Jonze’s Her will be familiar with this song, which commemorates our favourite human/computer romance, sung by Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s and featuring the playlist’s second Vampire Weekend cameo in Ezra Koenig.

7. “A New Life” by Jim James – I love how this song changes over time. At its start, the quiet, pensive voice of My Morning Jacket’s Jim James sounds almost mournful: “I’m really being sincere / I want a new life…” but it changes completely when he adds, “…with you.” And then the rhythm section crescendos up, building until it has no choice but to add a joyful sax solo at the climax.

8. “New York Morning” by Elbow – Alright, enough slow stuff, let’s pick up the pace a bit. This one starts slow, but it chugs along when the drums kick in. The piano plucks out a baseline that rises into a soaring chorus, with strings and a great baritone to boot.

9. “Young Fathers” by Typhoon – I like ending on a high note, and Typhoon doesn’t hold anything back on “Young Fathers,” a song about Millennial angst, coming to terms with a broken world, accidental pregnancies, and closes with a shouted coda: a defiant call to overcome regret.

Flickr photo (cc) by Charlotte90T