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The humid air that has pervaded Manila for many years has finally been embraced by a slight chill. A breeze so calming that it calls for the unveiling of those snug and fluffy sweaters, consciously stored in the back of our summer-filled closets. The only thing missing in the creation of that foreign, cozy environment are the notes and melodies that fill your ears with comfort. Here are 22 songs that you can add to your “sweater weather” playlist:
Inspired by Bon Iver, Vance Joy decided to put a hold on his law career in order to pursue music. We’re glad he did as he was able to release Riptide a folk-pop song in his EP, God Love You When You’re Dancing. With an evident guitar presence throughout the entire song, it’s a tune that will surely put you in a calm and relaxed mood.
Towards the end of 2013, Let Her Go became number 1 in 16 countries around Europe. Soon after, the song gained international status, currently obtaining 187 million views on Youtube. With piano and guitar infused melodies, this sweet song was written for everyone to enjoy, no matter the taste in music.
This piano ballad tugs at the heartstrings with its meaningful lyrics and powerful melodies. Simply to listen to this song with your eyes closed will surely bring a warmth much needed in this weather. Originally sung by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera, this cover of Say Something is lighter, only with the xylophone to accompany the vocals.
Making it’s debut on the popular cw television show, Reign, this alternative song is perfect for studying or a chilly afternoon.
Whether it’s to help you concentrate in a crowded room, help you doze off on a long plane ride or to simply enjoy, By Your Side is a song for ears that yearn for relaxation. Released in 2010, this song was also featured in the television show Reign.
“With their choirboy vocals and panoramic pop/rock sound,” (quote from Shazam) the Temper Trap is no stranger to the music industry and is no fluke either. The Sea is Calling is a song from their self-titled album, The Temper Trap, an album along with their 2nd album Conditions, that was made to help you get through a long night of studying.
Featured in the First Time Soundtrack, which is an album worth listening to, Vampire’s Kiss is one of those songs you play while feeling invincible at 2 in the morning. It’s like poetry bottled up in 4 minutes and 27 seconds. “Siri guru devay nameh:” I call on the primal wisdom.
With the voice of an angel, or rather a choir of angels, 17-year-old Birdy sings a beautiful cover of the Fleet Foxes’ White Winter Hymnal. It’s the perfect accompaniment to drinking hot chocolate, marshmallows, and cuddling up in winter sweaters.
True to it’s name, the song Beach by indie-pop quartet San Cisco is a song that is perfect for both long drives to the beach or a lazy day at home.
Factory by Band of Horses epitomizes the term “chill music”. Truly, with its steady tempo and soulful lyrics, the song immediately calms the mind into a state of bliss. Band of Horses delivers with this beautiful song a wave of tranquility only an indie song could bring.
Belle and Sebastian. What more needs to be said? Mornington Crescent is just one of the most chill songs out there, perfect to listen to with the steady chill forming outside your window. The song’s slow tempo gives off an aura of peacefulness as it plays, perfect for sweater weather.
Although he’s known for his bad-boy antics, John Mayer has an angelic voice that you can listen to for days. Not only does this song reflect Mayer’s abilities as both a vocalist, composer and a guitarist but it takes listeners to another world, only to be brought back by the end of the song.
Sufjan (pronounced Soof-yawn) Stevens is responsible for bringing about this soft, guitar melody that will surely melt anyone’s heart. Sufjan’s meaningful lyrics, coupled with the guitar, will warm you up in this cold weather.
Despite it’s release 8 years ago, this is a song that will never get old. With vocals and instrumentals that are timeless, people will often find themselves unconsciously listening to this song on repeat. This song not only causes you to reminisce but completes a hot chocolate on a cold rainy day.
A bonus track from Ed Sheeran’s award winning album +, Autumn Leaves is a sentimental song about the inevitability of life. The gentle instrumental of this song will seep deep into your heart, as Ed Sheeran’s songs always do.
Lana Del Ray’s god-given voice is prominent in this song. From the beats to the lyrics, this song is absolutely perfect for chilly weather. LSS will truly hit you hard with this song, which has become the anthem for both bonding with friends and simply sitting in your bed with your sweater on.
One of Coldplay’s softer songs from the album Mylo Xyloto, Us Against The World is not your ordinary love song. The blending of Chris Martin’s voice and the gentle plucking of guitar will definitely bring in a wave of emotional tides.
Known for his duet with pop artist Rihanna entitled “Stay,” singer/songwriter Mikky Ekko made a name for himself with the release of this alternative song entitled Kids in 2013. Whether it’s to muster up the energy to finish work late at night or to ponder upon your life dramatically while stuck in Manila traffic, Mikky Ekko’s upbeat melody and genuine lyrics will surely get to you.
The Neighbourhood is a band that mixes “atmospheric indie rock, electronic, and hip-hop beats with a melodic R&B-inflected vocals.” (quote from Shazam) Although this song contains a more instrumental presence than the other songs, Jesse Rutherford vocals emit a tranquil feeling, ideal for a lazy day watching movies and drinking hot chocolate.
This charming song by indie pop band Lucius will slowly drift whoever is listening to it into their happy place. The song starts off with percussion that will your heart beat along with it, ascending into an upbeat, luscious symphony that will cause you to constantly bear down upon the repeat button.
Released on 2012 in their EP entitled Young North, this acoustic guitar infused song is one that will simply comfort you after a long, work-filled day.
Picture this: it’s 16 degrees outside. You’re sitting in your bed with your most comfortable sweater on, with a nice, hot cup of tea. This song plays and you just enter a state of absolute bliss as the this dreamy, pop song washes you over.