Labor Day is the last hurrah of the season, the unofficial end to summer. Good riddance, I say. Bring on fall! Now that's my time of year. The crispness of the air, the smell of the earth, the fullness of the colors… I can barely wait. Fall is when I feel most alive, and it's why I love Labor Day. Labor Day signifies that hoodies, hot chocolate, hayrides, and other things that don't necessarily have to start with "h" are just around the corner.
I've created a playlist with richly layered songs to celebrate what will be here soon.
I swear I could get high off the scent of burning wood. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Or maybe that's the whiskey-spiked apple cider. Then again, it could just be the effect of listening to warm, rootsy indie rock bands. What smoked cedar is to smell, Frightened Rabbit is to sound.
For me, the crispness of the air translates into crispness of thought, and fall becomes my most productive time of year. Even if things aren't the same for you, you should still listen to this song because it'll make you move your body. And moving your body, perhaps even more than autumn weather, will give your brainpower a boost.
If I ever go on a hot air balloon ride, I'm going to bring my iPod and portable speakers so I can play this floaty track the entire time. The first time I heard Pick a Piper, I thought to myself, "Hey, this music kind of sounds like Caribou." Which makes sense, since Pick a Piper is the project of Brad Weber, Caribou's percussionist.
Though you would never guess it upon your first listen, the back story to this song is actually pretty sad. It's about a girl who's trying to come to terms with the death of her close friend. In a way, I suppose that's what fall is about too. Wedged between life and death, the essence of the season lies within its transient beauty.
This festive soundscape comes galloping in with a heavy drum beat, but shortly thereafter, it relies evermore on shimmering guitar crescendos and bouncy vocal harmonies. In the middle of the song, there's a conversational breakdown. The lyrics are simply divine. It's hard to pick, but I think my favorite line is, "I wear a coat of feelings and they are loud." This is one of the best descriptions of love I've ever read from one of the best love songs I've ever heard.
Pay attention to his name. Dan Croll is going to blow up. I can't really describe this song, because there are no words for perfection. Listen to it and you'll know what I mean.