By Diamond Pedroza
This Valentine’s Day might be different for some of us because of COVID-19. Whether you will be spending the holiday alone or with a special someone, you can listen to music anywhere.
My playlist mixes some upbeat, mellow, and Spanish tunes that, in my opinion, are perfect for Valentine’s Day. Below I included my top five picks, which are followed by a link to my playlist.
- CHINAH – “Real Thing?”
Though CHINAH is a band from Copenhagen, Denmark, they sing in English. Fine Glindvad, the band’s lead singer, lends smooth vocals that mesh well with the synth R&B sounds one can commonly find in CHINAH songs.
The band is known to release experimental catchy tunes. So, when asked if this was a negative thing for CHINAH, Glindvad told i-D magazine that they don’t consider catchiness to be a bad thing and “want to challenge people within the boundaries of pop.”
Recently, CHINAH’s newest single, “Mysterious,” was released. It is an unsurprisingly catchy and elegant tune that pairs well with their song, “Real Thing.” Hopefully, this single and a previous one called, “Promise,” which came out in 2020 is indicative of a new CHINAH album coming soon.
- Patrick Wolf – “The Magic Position”
Patrick Wolf is a talented multi-instrumentalist and singer from London. His songs range from sounding loud and passionate, to quiet and eerie. He continuously challenges himself to diversify his sound with his extensive knowledge of instruments.
“The Magic Position” is my favorite album of his, and it’s also the title of the song I have included in the playlist. Like some of his other work, the album is upbeat, hopeful, and full of love.
Though he has not released new music in many years, Wolf has indicated that he is working on something new. I am looking forward to whatever that may be.
- Melenas – “Si Tú Me Quieres”
Melenas are an all-female garage band from Spain. Their songs are all in Spanish and slightly gritty. If you don’t understand Spanish, their lyrics are simple enough to translate.
Their song, “Si Tú Me Quieres,” is about eagerly waiting for the next time you will see someone you love that might not know you love them. Though listeners don’t know whether or not the person meets up with their loved one, we can assume that they will.
Their newest album, “Dias Raros,” was released in 2020. It is their second full-length album. If you like “Si Tú Me Quieres,” then you might like their song, “Una Voz.”
- Charlotte Day Wilson – “Take Care of You (feat. Syd)”
Syd, a well-known singer and songwriter, is a busy artist. She was originally in Odd Future, a hip hop collective, until she and some of its other members formed a band called, The Internet, an R&B and jazz group.
Since then, she has released two albums with The Internet, a solo album, solo singles, and has been featured on dozens of tracks with other artists, including Charlotte Day Wilson.
Wilson is a Canadian R&B artist, whose vocals pair well with Syd’s. Both musicians teamed up to record the song, “Take Care of You,” and hopefully will team up again in the future.
- Medium Build – “Be Your Boy”
For the entire month of January 2020, I listened to Medium Build’s song, “Be Your Boy.” I don’t know how I came to listen to the song, but I still haven’t gotten tired of it.
Medium Build is a band from Alaska. Their lead singer, Nick Carpenter, is not reliant on perfect production and doesn’t want Medium Build to be like every other lo-fi band.
“Be Your Boy” is quirky, queer and lyrically perfect. Since their last album came out in 2019, perhaps they will release a new album this year.
Featured Image by Diamond Marie Pedroza