The sun has risen anew, and 2018 has now dawned upon us. It’s a fresh chance to start all over if 2017 was a disaster for you. Or it can be a time to expand yourself with the momentum of last year. Depending on how you perceive the penultimate year of the 2010s, it never ceases to give a versatile edge to whatever mood you find yourself in. So we’ve concocted a playlist that will put you on the solid path right from the first month of the year.
Blood Orange – I Know
From his album Freetown Sound, Blood Orange (Devonte Hynes in real life) is a charmer with the way he structures his songs and musical direction. I Know is an easy-going track that can help ease listeners from the clutter and confusion of life. With those graceful piano keys, Dev’s gentle vocals, and that ballet class music video, this is one that is perfect for meditating the stress away. And if his teasers on Instagram last October are anything to go by, this could be a great year for listeners of Blood Orange.
Courtney Barnett/Kurt Vile – Over Everything
Straight off their collaborative work Lotta Sea Lice, these two rock darlings from Melbourne and Philadelphia sure know how to soundtrack a languid Saturday at home for those with time to spare and a vivid imagination. If you’re not convinced, then the strumming guitar chords and the flowing beauty of nature in the video will more than take care of it. It’s a uniquely creative way of telling someone, “I’m not there where you are, but I know exactly how you feel.”
Radiohead – Daydreaming
No doubt there will be some who are simply relieved 2017 has ended, and that another year has begun. Most likely it was a horrible time for them, despite going into the year with high hopes. Which is why Daydreaming, a compelling elegy about singer Thom Yorke for his wife, is an important reminder of remembrance and acceptance that must be found before appreciating the best of life and moving on to happiness.
Joe Jackson – You Can’t Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want)
Fitting indeed for those finding themselves lost over what they want to be this 2018. You wouldn’t know it when you listen to this upbeat and slippery tune, but there’s a peppering of advice to be found all over this about the pitfalls and choices of life. If you can find another song just as clever and honest as this one, we’d like to hear it.
Bad Suns – Disappear Here
To those at a loss over a romance, or trying to look for reasons to keep pushing, this is our song for you. It’s not easy to remain committed and work towards eventual agreement, but this song shows what exactly goes on when that point is reached. Thanks to the driving force of the rhythms; the haunting question around the chorus; and Christo Bowman’s pleas for understanding, this makes a seminal track to mark your 2018 with.