12 songs, 48 min, 9 min reading time.
Autumn is my favourite season. Don’t get me wrong, I love the summer, but there’s something about the cooler days and changing colours that I enjoy every year. This is the soundtrack to my autumn, with a few tracks from autumns past thrown in for good measure.
1) “Cinnamon Girl” – Lana Del Rey
It’s always special when one of your favourite artists releases a new album, and Lana Del Rey’s ‘Norman Fucking Rockwell!’ certainly didn’t disappoint. “Cinnamon Girl” is classic Lana with some more experimental elements; the way her voice intertwines with the instrumental in the post chorus is a particular highlight.
Album: “Norman Fucking Rockwell!” (2019)
Label: Lana Del Rey
2) “Bags” – Clairo
I only heard of Clairo when she was featured on a track with SG Lewis last year and I’ve kept half an eye on her releases since then. “Bags” is my favourite from her recently-released debut album; it’s moody and a bit sad and makes me feel all nostalgic.
Album: “Immunity” (2019)
3) “Buzzcut Season” – Lorde
This was my favourite song when I started university in September 2013 and always brings back that feeling of big change happening. Seeing Lorde perform this song at Glastonbury after I’d graduated was emotional to say the least!
Album: “Pure Heroine” (2013)
Label: Universal Music
4) “Did it to Myself” – Orla Gartland
I just love how this song starts off with simple percussion and vocals and builds into this big sound with so many layers. I particularly love the melody of the pre-chorus.
Single: “Did It To Myself” (2019)
Label: Orla Gartland
5) “Round & Round” – Geowulf
There’s not a huge amount to say about this one, but it’s a great representation of Geowulf’s sound. They’re perfect for when you just want something mellow and easy to listen to.
Single: “Round and Round” (2019)
6) “Hand Solo” – Marika Hackman
I’ve only discovered Marika Hackman over the last few months but she has quickly become one of my favourite artists. Recent album ‘Any Human Friend’ has added some variety to her discography and ‘Hand Solo’ perfectly demonstrates what she can do with a more uptempo sound.
Album: “Any Human Friend” (2019)
Label: Universal Music Operations
7) “So Good” – Warpaint
This is one of my absolute favourite songs of all time and has been since it came out in Autumn 2016. A departure from the slower, moodier sound that Warpaint are known for, yet in keeping with their signature style, this song has so many layers that you can probably hear something new on every listen.
Album: “Heads Up” (2016)
Label: Rough Trade Records
8) “Planet Hunter” – Wolf Alice
In September 2017 I moved up to Manchester (and lasted about eight months) and this song reminds me of wandering around the unfamiliar city feeling like I’d started a new chapter.
Album: “Visions Of A Life” (2017)
Label: Dirty Hit
9) “Violence” – Grimes
This is exactly the sound that I want from Grimes. Of course I have no idea what she’s singing about, but that’s half the fun.
Single: “Violence” (2019)
10) “Turn Off The Light” – Kim Petras
What’s an autumn playlist without a nod to Halloween? Kim Petras has just released an extended version of her spooky mixtape from last year; it’s pop, camp and creepy – just what I love about Halloween.
Album: “TURN OFF THE LIGHT” (2019)
11) “White Mercedes” – Charli XCX
Charli XCX’s recently-released third album is a little disappointing but, unexpectedly, the highlights for me are the solo tracks which are mostly more straightforward pop songs and demonstrate Charli’s amazing talent for writing commercial pop music.
Album: “Charli” (2019)
Label: Asylum Records
12) “Superstar” – MARINA
The original version of this track (a banger) came out while I was in Sri Lanka earlier this year, and the memory of the trip is ingrained in the song for me. This new acoustic version is a nice, slightly more mellow version, perfect for this time of year.
EP: “Love + Fear (Acoustic)” (2019)
Label: Atlantic Records UK