November: Strings of the Season

Woman sitting on Sunset Cliffs San Diego
Photo courtesy of Katie Morris.

The melancholy and mellow season of fall officially made its way to San Diego. Although the crisper air seemingly prompted our mothers into decorating for Christmas early, we now have the perfect excuse to dust off the single sweater we brought to college.

Nothing pairs better with a foamy latté and fuzzy socks than good music, so here’s a quick getaway from beachy tunes, and something to tide you over until playing Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” is on repeat.

Welcoming listeners with the romantic chords of Canadian band Harmonium, this fall playlist is formulated for the souls stuck in the past. The folk trio alongside Al Green’s rich voice encapsulates the sounds of the ‘70s through the combination of soul and metaphysical lyrics.

In addition, the hazy chords of Taylor Swift’s “august” and Real Estate’s “The Bend” smooth out the heavier sounds of Aussie rock bands The Church and Crowded House.

My top pick from this playlist is “Nancy From Now On” by Father John Misty. It is impossible not to dance to the funky piano chords and background vocals of this song. This is a strange one, but trust me, that is what makes it so good.

“Harmonium” — Harmonium

“The Fall” — Rhye

“Tired of Being Alone” — Al Green

“Peaches” — In The Valley Below

“Everything Looks Beautiful” — Lucie Silvas

“White Winter Hymnal” — Fleet Foxes

“Better Be Home Soon” — Crowded House

“Sweet Disposition” — The Temper Trap

“Motorcycle Drive By” — Third Eye Blind

“Figure 8” — Peach Pit

“The Bend” — Real Estate

“Under the Milky Way” — The Church

“Nancy From Now On” — Father John Misty

“august” — Taylor Swift

“All These Things That I’ve Done” — The Killers

Written By: Katie Morris