This is Turquoise

TurquoiseIf you want to skip straight to the playlist, here’s the link! Turquoise is bittersweet, nostalgic and a little angsty.

Since this is the first post of this kind, I’m going to get distracted on Twitter for 45 minutes before explaining what I’m doing here. Clearly this lockdown is messing with my concentration. Anyway, I have these colour-coded playlists that fit different moods. I stole this idea from my friend Ray a couple years back and I haven’t regretted it for a second. Sometimes it’s hard to explain feelings, so colours help me distinguish and name them.

Let’s get into these potatoes. Since this is the first playlist feature, I’ll do a little explanation before I head into it. Every month I’ll make a little post with one of my mood ring-esque playlists and do a bit of a feature on what makes a song fit that mood. Every year should bring a new evolution of these playlists as their feeling become even more distinct, but for now I’ll stick with my original nine.

This is turquoise. You’ve already read my short explanation and I felt like now was the best time to bring a little nostalgia into the world. Mainly because I’m feeling a little nostalgic for two weeks ago, before my holiday in Peru became indefinite.

There’s a few cornerstone tracks that I want to highlight specifically. Let’s start with All Time Low’s Last Young Renegade. You may have seen it in my yearly playlists and there’s a good reason. This track makes me feel a certain way even to this day. I just can’t explain it any other way than turquoise. It’s simple to play and easy to sing along, yet it speaks to my personal memories so deeply.

The second cornerstone is Nowadays by Valleyheart. Out of all the tracks on this list, it’s probably the one that you haven’t heard of. This track is somber and sad, longing for happier days and a lack of depression. That’s a feeling I can relate to a lot more than I’d like to admit, which is why this track was one I had to highlight.

Let’s talk about Broadside’s Come & Go. Out of all of the tracks, this one cuts the deepest and represents the darkest corners of this playlist. Relationships can be messy and it’s especially hard to see someone moving on without you. I won’t spoil the whole song, but I’ve cried while listening to this song and I rarely cry while listening to music.

Some of you might know how much I love Movement’s Daylily. While it’s also a song about depression, it’s about wanting a brighter future for someone you love very dearly. Pink cloud days are a metaphor for good days, so how much better is a pink cloud summer for someone you love.

Finally, I want to talk about Castlefield’s Escape. I like to think of this song as photographs of memories and the author’s response to them in the moment. It conveys a feeling much deeper than the photographs themselves would convey. I don’t know maybe I’m just soft.

If you haven’t figured it out, these segments are just an excuse for me to talk about my favourite songs. If you missed the link at the top of the page, here it is again. Let me know what you think and stay safe everyone.

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