4 Essential Songs to Hear Before the Year Ends

by Valerie Buvat de Virginy

White Ferrari

Frank Ocean’s long awaited album, Blonde, quickly made its way up to the number 1 spot on the Billboard 200, with one constant theme; his obsession with cars. Ocean narrates a fantasy in this track, driving with his love in nothing other than a white Ferrari. This song is essential in the message of the whole album to never stop moving forward against any internal battles and melancholic nostalgia.

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The young Minnesota raised group of lads, Hippo Campus, rose to fame with their subliminal angsty hit, “Suicide Saturday” in 2015. Known for their mysterious northwestern soweto and playful guitar riffs, “Boyish” adds an element of youth not yet ventured by Hippo Campus. Lead singer Jake Luppen resembles a sort of alternative James Dean persona with his impressive range that he hits in this song. The heavy use of brass instruments and quick tempo makes this track the perfect teaser for their upcoming album, Landmark, set to release on February 24, 2017. This is one album you do not want to miss, folks.

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Season 2 Episode 3

On their latest album titled How To Be A Human Being, British group Glass Animals, are back again with their futuristic sound in “Season 2 Episode 3” (no, that’s not a reference to your Netflix binges of Stranger Things). This song personifies the lazy couch potato we all know and somehow turns it into a pretty groovy tune. This entire album is meant to be blasted on a cold, Friday night, but “Season 2 Episode 3” will send you into a trance like state. You won’t be able to turn this song off. Trust me, I’ve tried.

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A Change of Heart

 The 1975 shook the music world early this year with their sophomore album, I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It. “A Change of Heart” is sort of response track to one of their most well known songs, “Robbers.” With the lyric, “You used to have a face straight out of a magazine. Now you just look like anyone.” frontman Matty Healy is implying how he and his partner have fallen out of love. The pair are passed the “ignorance is bliss” phase of a relationship and are now beginning to see the many flaws of one another, losing their compatibility. This electric and low tempo song is an emotional investment. Not only will this brilliant song will lead you to experience a very personal cathartic moment, but potentially cause you to have a change of heart of your own.

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