7 Songs for the End of Winter

Written by Lindsay Mensch

It warmed up this weekend, but the rest of the week is looking pretty bleak. The inconsistent weather leaves me searching for a way to lift my spirits to make it through another cold, tiring week. Music is always a great way to relax, reflect, and relate, and it seems like a go-to for people dealing with stress (hello, college students!).

As the end of winter slowly approaches, here are some great tunes to get you through it.

  1. PigPen Theatre Company – “Sister”

A few days ago, I was listening to this on the bus at night, and it was a serene experience. “Sister” has such an introspective vibe to it. This ballad is a fantastic track from this independent New York band.

2. Radiohead – “There There”

Anyone who knows me would expect to find a Radiohead song here! This one in particular has a confined feel to it; there’s a sense of being trapped, a desire to escape, but stagnation holds you back. I know I’ve felt this way during this time of year before, so this might be a great song to relate to.

3. Best Coast – “When I’m With You”

The world definitely feels lazy at this time of year. The lo-fi surf rock of Best Coast always leaves me longing for summer. In the final months of winter, this song will uplift your spirits! (And the music video is hilarious!)

4. David Bowie – “Lazarus”

With the recent passing of David Bowie, I listened to his newly released album many times over. This track sticks out because of its dark, proleptic lyrics about Bowie’s approaching death. The whole album is a must-listen.

5. alt-J – “Bloodflood pt. II”

As the days warm up, this song seems appropriate. It’s so tranquil and ambient, and I love the vocals of Joe Newman! Overall, it’s a beautiful song that makes me think of spring.

6. Grizzly Bear – “Two Weeks”

Because there are only two weeks until spring break!

7. Arcade Fire – “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)”

This song sounds like what waking up feels like. That’s exactly what the Earth is doing: waking up from its long, winter hibernation. It might as well wake up to a song about a beautiful love.

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