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5 Albums to Get You Ready for Fall

By Paola Bakker
Web Content Contributor

It’s finally that time of year most of us have been eagerly waiting for – fall. A cold front hit the Hill Country this week (and by that I mean the high went from 95 to 85 degrees), and now Central Texas doesn’t know how to act. Even if it only lasts for a week, it’s finally starting to feel like fall, and I don’t know about you, but fall weather makes me want to listen to some spooky and cozy tunes. Here are some albums that I believe encapsulate this specific feeling.

1. TURN OFF THE LIGHT by Kim Petras

Start “spooky season” off right with part two of the German pop artist’s Halloween themed album. It’s easy to get lost in the heavy electronica influenced by the dance music of Petras’ native country, paired with her dark and gruesome lyrics.

Standout songs are “There Will Be Blood”, ”Turn Off The Light” and “In The Next Life.” If you’re looking for a spooky album that will make you want to dance like you’re in a Berlin nightclub, TURN OFF THE LIGHT is always the right option.

2. Carrie & Lowell by Sufjan Stevens

What would fall be without Stevens’ heavenly banjo strumming? Stevens has blessed his listeners with numerous albums throughout the years, occasionally changing his style and exploring different sounds, such as in his album The Age of Adz, but he seems to return to his folk origins in Carrie & Lowell. The album beautifully deals with the theme of grief after the death of Stevens’ mother.

This stripped down album feels like a fresh autumn breeze, filled with both melancholy and hopefulness. If you’re looking for a song to hit you straight in the emotional gut, try giving “Death with Dignity”, “The Only Thing” and “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross” a listen.

3. Stranger in the Alps by Phoebe Bridgers

Bridgers’ album feels like a warm fleece blanket wrapping me up into a snuggly burrito… but, like, a sad burrito… in a good way. This album makes me want to sit in the backseat of my mom’s car, like when I was a kid, and stare out at the Texan backroads through a raindrop-covered window.

Bridgers’ delicate vocals layered over the hypnotic guitar perfectly sound the way fall – at least what Texans imagine of fall – feels like. Some tracks that really emphasize this feeling are “Smoke Signals”, “Funeral”, and “Georgia.”

4. Modern Vampires of the City by Vampire Weekend

I had a hard time choosing which Vampire Weekend album would be right for this article, since so many of their songs make me want to pull on a J. Crew white knit sweater, but I decided that MVOTC feels the most authentically fall as a whole.

This album tricks me into thinking that I am back in the northeast, and I can almost feel the cold breeze whip my hair and the crunchy orange leaves under my shoes. “Step” and “Hannah Hunt” feel like an old friend’s embrace and comfort me during this trying time of midterm projects and papers, while “Hudson” gives off a chilling tone that gets me ready for Halloween.

5. The Twilight Saga: New Moon (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Various Artists

Okay, I know I’m going to get made fun of for this, but… are you going to tell me this soundtrack doesn’t scream fall? “Twilight” got a lot of negative attention from film critics and viewers in its prime, but whether you loved or hated the movies, you can’t deny that the soundtrack absolutely slaps. “Roslyn” by Bon Iver and St. Vincent and “Possibility” by Lykke Li are the absolute epitome of a chilly fall evening. Those songs are what drinking a hot cup of chai feels like – beautiful, toasty and warm.

After months of sweltering heat, we’re finally reaching the end of what felt like an endless summer and entering (in my opinion) the best time of year, so don’t waste time, and make sure you revel in every second of it. Watch scary music, eat pumpkin-flavored foods, light a cinnamon apple-scented candle and listen to music that hits you like the crisp autumn air.

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