Olivia Gulino, Contributing Writer
May is just around the corner and, with it, the onslaught of term papers, final projects, theses and final exams. But, in spite of these academic hurdles, it’s still spring, and the reminders of good times in the past and the hope of good times in the future abound even in the air itself. Perhaps the end of your semester looks like smooth sailing, or perhaps (more likely) your blood pressure spiked reading the list above. Either way, take a minute to relax with some fun tracks.
1. “Supernova” — Ray LaMontagne: One of the singles off of his new album, which will be released in the coming months, this track returns to the soft groove of decades past but is modernized by LaMontagne’s soulful flare.
2. “Rather Be” — Clean Bandit (feat. Jess Glynne): This song, with its playful tones, has skyrocketed in popularity in recent weeks in the U.K., and I can foresee a similar reaction once it hits the States.
3. “Whole Wide World” — Bahamas: I absolutely love Bahamas’ cover of Wreckless Eric’s hit. It’s simple without being overly so, and Afie Jurvanen’s vocals really give the track an enticing texture.
4. “Always Spring” — I’m From Barcelona: Something about this song embodies spring, and it’s not just the title. When you listen to it, you can just imagine yourself strolling along the mall with bluebonnets popping up all around you.
5. “Vespucci” — Paul Spring: This past week, Spring (pun not intended but still enjoyed) released a new EP Borderline, and it’s top to bottom fabulous, this song included. Although the EP is a shift from Spring’s earlier work, the mature and full sounds he weaves in these tracks are nothing short of exceptional.
6. “Zimbabwe” — New Navy: “We need a holiday” is right and, while Zimbabwe may not be on your travel itinerary for the summer, this song puts summer within reach.
Hang in there, UD. The end is in sight.