You know that feeling when October rolls around and your favorite summer songs just don’t feel right anymore? Don’t worry — we’ve got you covered with a new playlist of seasonally-appropriate tunes selected by our staff! From musical horror stories to danceable tracks that will keep your body temperature up even in sweater weather, there’s something for everyone on Levitt’s Fall 2019 playlist. Dive into the music now and read on to learn more about our favorite fall songs!
(Sandy) Alex G — “Taking”
At just over two minutes, “Taking” packages many of enigmatic indie star (Sandy) Alex G’s signature motifs into a concise musical statement. Pitch-shifted vocals wash over an angsty acoustic guitar riff, and an ethereal synth line evolves into a bright, harmonious hook. It’s a great song to throw on while you watch the leaves fall outside.
— Abner Jacobson
Warm Drag — “Sleepover”
LA-based friends Warm Drag, part of the Oh Sees alumni network, have succeeded in writing a haunting horror story disguised as love song, based on the creepy true tale of a badly decomposing human body once found in member Paul Quattrone’s NYC apartment. Don’t sleep on this, if you can sleep at all.
— Anna Barie
Alec Benjamin — “If I Killed Someone For You”
Singer-songwriter Alec Benjamin tells a great story with a surprising plot twist in this poppy track from his 2018 album Narrated For You.
— Ana Cuellar Aguilar
Moon Boots and Steven Klavier — “Tied Up”
Because I love anything that makes me dance!
— Heidi Snyder
Lana Del Rey – “Mariners Apartment Complex”
On this downtempo ballad from Lana Del Rey’s new album, the songstress softly sings riddles over a pillowy medley of guitar, piano and strings. It’s a song that you can get lost in — perfect for a long walk on an autumn day.
Crosby, Stills & Nash — “Helplessly Hoping”
This song off Crosby, Stills & Nash’s 1969 debut album feels well-suited for a listen on a brisk fall day. I love its simplicity—with only sparse guitar picking, beautiful three-part harmony and alliterative wordplay, they’ve created a warm, rich and timeless track.
— Nicole McGaffey
The Lumineers — “Life in the City”
Honestly any song from their new album is perfect for fall!
Gedeon Luke and The People — “Live Free”
This funky and inspiring song has been on my regular rotation for a few years, and always puts me in a good mood.
— Sharon Yazowski
Rodrgio y Gabriela — “Viking Man”
I can’t get enough of this song! It has the best energizing tempo for a busy day.
— Victoria Bridenstine
Swae Lee Ft. Drake
Living in Southern California can sometimes feel like every season is summer, and this song reminds me of sunset bonfires at the beach. This is the perfect song for the transition from summer to fall, even if the weather hasn’t quite caught up yet.
— Arianne Ousley