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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fall Playlist: 15 Tracks To Obsess

By: Text by Jonathan Forgang, Mixed by William Rauscher aka Night Plane, Artwork "Catatonic" by Caris Reid


Is it really that time again, you ask? Is Thanksgiving seriously right around the corner? Well, folks, it snuck up on us, too, but autumn just wouldn't be all that without our anticipated Fall Playlist. This season's lineup has been in the works for some time, and is composed of all the very best songs that have been inspiring us—and you—for the past few months. Deerhunter, Caribou, Bombay Bicycle Hunter...that's just a taste of all the good stuff we have on the table this fall. It's sort of a banquet of vibes, genres, and sounds. Consider this Fall Playlist your accessory (or maybe, meal!) of the it now.

For over an hour of of continuous autumn listening, download Refinery29's Fall 2010 Playlist [MP3].

Zola Jesus—Stridulum - EP
"Night" [MP3]
It says a lot about Nika Danilova's voice that this song could be a cappella and it would be perfectly lovely. But you'd be missing out on the insane ghostly atmospherics that complement her voice perfectly and change the song into a gripping, slightly creepy experience. Buy this album

Twin Shadow—Forget
"Slow" [MP3]
An absolutely perfect New Wave pop song. It's still really hard to believe that this isn't a lost Smiths song. Buy this album

Deerhunter—Diplo & Lunice mix
"Helicopter" [MP3]
Diplo is really great at remixing indie rock songs into Dirty South bangers without taking away the essence of why we liked the original in the first place. Here's a perfect example, where Diplo draws lines between two completely different types of music, both of which happen to come from Atlanta. Buy this album

James Blake—Cmyk EP
"Cmyk" [MP3]
At first we thought our favorite tennis player was showing off his other talents. Then we just realized it's a brilliant Brit who can take the soulfulness of '90s R&B and inject it into dancefloor-ready dubstep. Buy this album

Solid Space—Space Museum
"Tenth Planet" [MP3]
This appears to be a home recording from 1982 about outer space by people who sound as if they are really passionate about astronomy. Other than the fact that scientists no longer think there are nine planets, this song doesn't really seem that dated at all. Well, maybe a little. But in a good way.

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