Listen, you don’t need some pretentious glob about spring being intrinsically linked to change and growth from me. Still, staring at my vaccine card and counting the days in between shots one and two, this spring certainly has a mood to it. Enjoy these seven funky tracks from a few of my recent favorites.
Lake Street Dive, ‘Hypotheticals’
Fans of Lake Street Dive might still be rocking their Side Pony, the band’s fifth album. Here, with a song from their new album “Obviously,” frontwoman Rachel Price’s powerful voice paired with a total bop of a sound have me daydreaming.
Overcoats (ft. Tennis), ‘The Hardest Part’
Hana and JJ of Overcoats have been harmonizing like total pros for a while and their latest work with nostalgia-triggering Tennis is a great example of all three at their best.
Arlo Parks, ‘Hope’
Arlo Parks might normally use her smooth, airy sound to sing about relationships and heartbreak, but here she uplifts us with words of togetherness. The therapy session starts here with Dr. Arlo Parks.
London Grammar, ‘America’
Hannah Reid’s siren song about chasing your dreams in America is raw and emotional. It’s also a bit sardonic. Fitting to look forward — but also back — with furrowed brows.
Laura Mvula, ‘Safe Passage’
We might be crying that Netflix’s “Glow” was cancelled, but find solace in the ’80s goodness of Safe Passage.
Cassandra Jenkins, ‘Hard Drive’
Complicated from the jump, “Hard Drive” might be the song you listen to 10 times and find something new each time. Arlo Parks started our therapy session, but this track is the homework.
Elder Island, ‘Sacred’
I told you up front that all of this hope isn’t for me. Sacred is an upbeat, bass-infused ode to internal pollution. Wear a mask, I miss the bar.