November 2016 has been a hell of a month, to say the least. I’ve found refuge in music outside the hot mess of classes, politics, and general concern about my life’s purpose. This being the week of Thanksgiving, here is some of the music that’s kept me going. I’m so grateful for everything on this list.
“Hard Work” — Theo Katzman
PSA: if taken seriously, this indie-pop single shows borderline symptoms of “Nice Guy Syndrome”. That being said, it’s sooo catchy, and now I’m antsy for the release of Heartbreak Hits in January 2017. Theo Katzman is also a member of one of my favorite bands, Vulfpeck.
“Them Changes” — Thundercat (feat. Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington)
This future funk song has been stuck in my head more often than not over the last month. It’s a mesmerizing interpretation of heartbreak, with a drum sample from “Footsteps in the Dark” by The Isley Brothers. Everyone who worked on this song is mind-blowingly talented. Do yourself a favor and check them out.
“Forever” — Ben Harper
Ben Harper is heartfelt, thoughtful, and beautifully folksy in this wedding-worthy song. I’ve caught a bad case of the feels. Hopeless romantics, you’ve been warned.
It’s probably cheating to put an entire artist on here, but I love pretty much everything from these guys. They’re insanely funky and severely underrated. This month, I’ve been listening to “Give It What You Can” on repeat. “Hand Clapping Song” and “Cissy Strut” are also staples on any funk playlist. 10/10 would recommend.
“Monday Morning” — Fleetwood Mac
A tribute to those agonizingly ambiguous, passionately complex people in your life. Cherish them.
Have a rad Thanksgiving, y’all.