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With winter in full force, the air is colder and coats have been brought out from the closet, along with the fuzziest of blankets.
Now amidst all of this, most people’s energy is going up and down, with the days consumed by clouds and darkness. It’s very easy for someone to let this consume them, as most people spend the winter trying to keep themselves afloat, which can heavily impact what they’re listening to most of the time. Below are our top 5 recommendations for albums to listen to when the temperature dips.

Carrie and Lowell By Sufjan Stevens


Starting at the bottom of the list is “Carrie and Lowell” by Sufjan Stevens. This album takes on a lighter sound that may remind the listener of freshly fallen snow.
This album, released in 2015, uses metaphors and imagery to take the listeners to a million different places. Stevens has the ability to paint a clear picture of the story he is telling and to make someone reminisce on memories that they didn’t make.


Fan favorites off this album are “Death with Dignity,” “Should Have Known Better” and “Fourth of July,” which gained popularity on TikTok in late winter, 2021.

 

 

 

 


Southeastern By Jason Isbell


The album “Southeastern” by Jason Isbell, released in 2013 has taken the fourth spot on the list. This album hangs on the soul like a winter coat on a metal hanger, with haunting lyrics that make the listener sit back and reflect on their own life experiences. One of the most popular songs on the album was “Cover Me Up,” which is also the first song on the album. The song rings in nostalgic tones, and has a warmer tone, distracting from the coldness in the notes throughout the rest of the album.

Photo Credit: Southeastern Records

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hozier by Hozier


Number three on the list would be Hozier’s self titled debut album “Hozier”, released in 2014. This album, along with a lot of Hozier’s other music, has strong allusions to religion. Religion and winter tend to combine, with Christmas at the forefront of every store, movie and commercial theme.
His hit single “Take Me to Church” sparked much controversy due to the LGBTQ+ themes in the song’s music video, depicting two men as the victims of a vicious attack due to their relationship. A fan favorite on the album would be “Cherry Wine – Live.”

Photo Credit: Island Records

The song depicts domestic abuse, despite the lyrics having been misconstrued by many listeners, who may see it as a love song. The song’s lyrics “Her eyes and words are so icy/Oh but she burns/Like rum on the fire/Hot and fast and angry as she can be/I walk my days on a wire.” This references the strong, hurtful words mixed with the anxiety of being in an abusive relationship.

 

 

Stranger in the Alps by Phoebe Bridgers


The second album on the list would have to be “Stranger in the Alps” by Phoebe Bridgers, released in 2018. This album is a fan favorite, no matter what season it is. Phoebe’s lyricism in this album is beyond brilliant with lyrics like, “Do you feel ashamed when you hear my name?” which then fades into a bike bell, and the sound of an on-comming train, with “Anyway don’t be a stranger” sung on top of it, giving the feeling of nostalgia that lingers with the listener.

Fan favorites off this album include “Funeral,” “Scott Street” and “Smoke Signals.” In the song “Funeral,” Bridgers depicts the death of someone, the grief that comes along with it and how grief can have a ripple effect. “Stranger in The Alps” rose in popularity, due to the song “Motion Sickness” being highlighted by fans for its deep cut lyrics such as “I have emotional motion sickness, somebody roll the windows down.”

 

 

 

 

Superache by Conan Gray 

At the number one spot is the album “Superache” by Conan Gray, which was released in 2022. This album takes the listener through several stories, but most of the songs on the album are a reflection on several different themes relating to heartbreak.
Of the 12 tracks on the album, the most popular track is “Family Line,” which shares the story of Conan’s personal life. This album is Conan’s sophomore album, with the first album he released being Kid Krow.

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The whole album draws from Conan’s personal life, this being one of the leading reasons why his fans love him and his music, through his honesty and transparency. The album focuses on the idea of unrequited love and the process of healing from failed relationships.
As winter wraps its frosty embrace around the world, these albums serve as the perfect soundtrack for the snowflakes outside listeners’ windows. Their lyrics act as the perfect cover to shield fans from the cold.

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Josie Siegrist (she/her) is a junior at Hayes High School. This is her first year on staff. She plays guitar and listens to music in her free time. She loves music, reading, being surrounded by friends and family, creative writing and composing music.
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