It’s Spooky Season! The time to add the word “spooky” to the beginning of your Twitter handle and live every day of the month in anticipation of Halloween. Also, with this season comes a whole new mix of songs to add to your monthly playlists. Here’s a playlist of a couple of songs that have been stuck in my head this season that you should definitely add to your playlists. This playlist is a mix of the old and the new, the popular and the not-so-popular. Either way, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your Twitter induced spook thirst. Happy listening, Huskies!
Disclaimer: These songs are not meant to actually scare you. They just have a certain sound to them that I think perfectly captures the “spirit” of the season.
“The Love You’re Given” by Jack Garratt - This song has been a favorite for a while now and continues to be largely because of the beginning chords of the song. Chords isn’t really a great way to describe it because the sound made in the intro of the song doesn’t even sound human. Think “Doctor Who” theme song meets generic alien sounds and you have something pretty close to the intro.
“JUNKY” by Brockhampton - The crescendo of the unknown instrument in the opening of this song is reminiscent of the spooky violin sound effects in a scary movie just before the climax.
“Sycamore Tree” by Kali Uchis - This song is purely Kali’s isolated vocals. She turns her voice into whatever instrument she needs throughout the entire song and layers the entire thing together to create the hollow sound that “Sycamore Tree” emanates.
“Six Feet Under” by Billie Eilish - Billie Eilish is known for her haunting lyrics and barely-there voice. “Six Feet Under” perfectly captures both of those aspects of her performances.
“Murder Song (acoustic)” by Aurora - Just the title alone places the song into the “spooky” category. But, Aurora’s nearly child-like voice is what really gives this song its haunting tone. She compares the relationship she’s in to a murder in which her lover “holds the gun against [her] head.”
“New Constellations” by Ryn Weaver - While Ryn Weaver’s music is normally energetic and lively, she toned it down multiple notches for this song. However, she regained some of her usual intensity by using a breathy, shaky and trembling pitch. She sings of the stars, planets and constellations and uses them all to describe the fear involved and the dauntlessness it takes to overcome change and discover new roads in life.
“Pendulum” by FKA Twigs - In this song FKA Twigs is referring to a lover who doesn’t feel the same way she does. Throughout the song, she tells that story very emotionally. Her singing mimics the speaking voice of someone who has been crying hard. She sings the verses haltingly, and breathes the chorus, which emerges in a cry of falsettos and instruments.
“Amandine Insensible” by Sevdaliza - If the singer’s breathy, ghostly voice wasn’t enough to scare you, the album cover featuring a decapitated head sets the tone for the rest of the song.
“Poltergeist” by Banks - Other than the name, this Banks song really captures the essence of what it would be like to hear a ghost sing. Her whispered words give the songs an air of tristesse.
“Medicine” by Daughter - All of the singer’s words sound like a continuous echo of multiple voices which layer together to make one voice.
Kanthalina Andreus is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.