Do I dip my toes in or jump in cannonball style? It’s a question I thought a lot about when making decisions in August. It can be difficult to find a balance between playing it cool and taking risks, but it’s OK. Each month is for learning more about my actions and reactions, and figuring how to continue to evolve into the person I hope to be.
This month was dominated by a ton of shows, a few music festivals, a lot of late nights, a wedding, mixed signals, and a lot of deep breaths to keep me going. Although physically and mentally exhausting, I can’t deny that August was fun and memorable.
Between friends’ gigs, another Warped Tour, Echo Park Rising and FYF Fest, I was on a music high. As for recorded music, one of my favorite releases was the “Cry Baby” LP by Melanie Martinez. I absolutely adore its dark playfulness and the storyline. I’ve also been jamming to New Beat Fund’s new album “Sponge Fingerz”, feeling dreamy while listening to Purity Ring, and crying on the inside because Frank Ocean still hasn’t put out a new album and also dropped out of FYF. Shout out to Yeezy for taking Frank’s place and performing a set that had me wildin’ out.
I’ve been searching for more local independent artists from LA to listen to as well. Echo Park Rising and my friends in bands, such as Kid Cadaver and Attic Empire, have reminded me that the local scene in LA is alive, hustling and thriving.
Now let’s get to the music that was the soundtrack for my August. You can listen to the playlist on Spotify, or click the individual links below. Happy listening, y’all.
“Carousel” – Melanie Martinez
“bodyache” – Purity Ring
“It’s Cool” – New Beat Fund
“Kiss Me Again” – The Drums
“Keep Well” – Kid Cadaver
“Undone” – the bird and the bee
“Suitcase” – The New Electric Sound
“Make It Real” – BABE
“Bear Hands” – Private Island
“Breathe, Desperately” – From Indian Lakes
“Before The World Was Big” – Girlpool
“Celibate Celebrity” – New Beat Fund
“Super Rich Kids” – Frank Ocean feat. Earl Sweatshirt
“Cry Baby” – Melanie Martinez
“Ideal World” – Girlpool
“heartsigh” – Purity Ring
“begin again” – Purity Ring
Which songs have you been pressing play for? Let’s chat in the comments.