I've gone back to not really listening to music, because I hate using headphones and even though Chris is fine with me playing music through speakers when he's not working (he has amazing noise-canceling wireless headphones if it ever bothers him), I felt really awkward doing it at first and now I just...never think about it. It doesn't help that I STILL haven't replaced my creaky ol' computer, so getting Spotify up and running is something of a Herculean effort for it. And while I do have a commute again, I'm back to listening to audiobooks instead of CDs or the radio during it most of the time.
1. Louane – Désolée
Chris, browsing through Spotify and sampling a song: Nope. Bad.
Me, whipping my head around: Wait what was that??
Me 4 bars later: THIS IS MY FAVORITE NEW SONG OF 2021.
Just super great (French) music!
2. Lucy Wainwright Roche – Open Season
Open season on a broken heart
This is the year they take the summer apart
Lovely, soft acoustic song that I like even more than the “Soft Line” I previously recced for her.
3. Beabadoobee – Care
It's been a while since I've talked about it
Maybe it's time to cooperate
I need some help to forget about it
Finally had a song on the (indie) radio catch my ear. Someone online said “early Michelle Branch vibes” and they're kinda right, except there is lyrically very little content after its promising first verse. Artist said it “feels like the song they'd play over the end credits of a 90s movie.” Also fair.
4. Dua Lipa – Levitating
I'm feeling so electric, dance my ass off
The lyrics are dumb as hell, but unfortunately, I have very little music in my life right now and I can't ignore a bop, especially if it's one of the best things among the VERY slim current radio pickings.
5. All Time Low ft. blackbear and Demi Lovato – Monsters (clean version)
Why do the monsters come out at night
Why do we sleep where we want to hide
Why do I come back to you like I don't mind if you ruin my life?*
See above. These lyrics are slightly less dumb, but I still don't pay attention to anything outside the chorus, so it is mostly the bop aspect that got in the list, and even then I went back and forth like eight times. It stayed because I do love that chorus. Honestly, I don't even know if I linked to the correct version, that's how little I recognize the rest, except for knowing that it's much worse without Demi in it.
*The Internet says there was originally a swear in this line, but a) there is a beautiful clean version for radio and b) that version frankly is more coherent.
6. Linkin Park - What I've Done
In this farewell
There's no blood, there's no alibi
'Cause I've drawn regret
From the truth of a thousand lies
I would be more embarrassed about this, except I heard it on the radio while reading Midnight Sun, and now all I can think about is how much I bet Edward Cullen would listen to this while being emo about Bella.
7. Banners – Someone To You
I never had nobody and no road home
I wanna be somebody to someone
This is definitely the best song on the radio right now, solely because every time it plays my brain SCREAMS about how clearly this is a Glee group number, probably one of the inspirational-powerhouse closing ones in the auditorium.
8. 24kGolden ft. Iann Dior– Mood
Why you always in a mood?
F*in' round actin' brand new
I ain't tryna tell you what to do
Okay this is BARELY, barely on the list. This one & Monsters were both candidates for Dishonorable Mention status instead, but this chorus gets stuck in my head even faster and I honestly enjoy this song more as a whole. Unlike that one, I'm starting to recognize the lyrics in the verses, and they're not so bad, honestly. (We play games of love to avoid the depression / We been here before and I won't be your victim is kinda good??)
Well, maybe in April I can reclaim my January level of good taste in music again. I got Vanessa Carlton's latest album for my birthday and I'm about to test it out.