spring break! summer break! forever break!
When I started working on this playlist, my goal was to create something that sounded basically like a liminal space, those sort of transitional, designed to be exactly the same locations that dot the American Midwest. It’s a playlist that’s supposed to, like a lot of what I make, embrace the concept of ambient music, in the sense that you should be able to listen to it if you want, or have it blend seamlessly into the background
When I showed it to Matthew he said “this makes me feel like I have been waiting forever to not get somewhere” and “like I’m on hold with my health care provider” and “like I’m in the menu of a mid-2000s, Mii-focused Nintendo game” and “like I died in a Walgreens”. I’m calling that a win.
A more subjective, sensory one. The sound of the reprieve from the heat, the melancholy of the impending cold, and the post-irony of renting a car and driving upstate to pick apples and hope that you see the changing colors of the trees but will probably not manage to time correctly.
A blend of garage, blues, and indie rock, folk, with a lil bit of pop and hip-hop that I maintain sound inseparable from trying to remember where you stored your sweaters that were unthinkable just a few days ago.
Did you know that Apple Music has a playlist called “Vibes”. Just “Vibes”. What kind of vibes? What are neutral, pure vibes? This is to say that it is perhaps debatable what music is appropriate for apple picking, but this has not stopped Apple from determining what music is appropriate for VIBES.
update: This playlist is supposed to start with Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie (’68 Version)”, which over the years has endlessly gone on and off of Spotify. Sammie and I have real mixed feelings on using Spotify for Trash Garbage! How feasible is a project like Trash Garbage in 2021’s internet not using the most centralized platform available? What compromises must we make to play in this space?