What I’m Listening To: August 2021

If I had to describe my listening habits for this past August, it would be obsessive. It seemed like I found my favorite tracks within the first two weeks and listened to them on repeat, over and over, without the need or want to find something new. This, along with all of the additional albums put on replay as well, meant I spent more time in August listening to the same songs than discovering or searching out new music. Case in point: I only had to narrow it down from 26 songs on my ‘liked’ list and choose between various albums. Maybe this means August was busier and I didn’t have time, or it means what came out was higher quality than usual and I hyper-fixated on what I did find. Either way, we have our results.

 Our rules are still in place: no more than 20 songs per month, no more than 1 song per artist (not counting features), and no more than 3 songs per compilation album. At the end of the year, only songs from each of these monthly lists will be eligible for the Best Of list. My music, as always, is culminated from Spotify, recommendations from friends, other music platforms (such as YouTube), and devotion to some of my favorite artists and the content they put out.

Did August slip away in a musical stream?

  1. nandakke (なんだっけ) by Ai Otsuka ~ 孤独と寂しさの沼にハマりそうだ
  2. “Happier Than Ever” by Billie Eilish ~ Never paid any mind to my mother or friends, so I / Shut ’em all out for you ’cause I was a kid
  3. “Goodbye” by Bo Burnham ~ Am I going crazy? / Would I even know? / Am I right back where I started fourteen years ago?
  4. “Cold Cold Cold” by Cage the Elephant ~ Darker in the day than the dead of night
  5. “K.” by Cigarettes After Sex ~ Think I like you best when you’re dressed in black from head to toe
  6. “Hotel” by Claire Rosinkranz ~ Screaming out songs like there’s nobody there
  7. “undress me” by Cö Shu Nie ~ いつでも思い出すのはあなただけ
  8. “Think About Things” by Daði Freyr ~ Believe me, I will always be there, so / You can tell me anything and I’ll listen
  9. “A Concert Six Months from Now” by FINNEAS ~ I’ll go hungry and crazy and honest for you
  10. “The Tradition” by Halsey ~ Take what you want, take what you can
  11. “Mood Ring” by Lorde ~ Today it’s as dark as my roots
  12. “Cannonball” by PJ Harding & Noah Cyrus ~ Boys can be poison and still be rose-scented, so
  13. “Kamali” by Priya Ragu ~ தொழில் வளந்த கடவுள் அம்மா
  14. “Monster” by PVRIS ~ I guess you never learn ’til you live and you lost it
  15. “99 to the Moon” by Said the Whale ~ Cuz these are some words you can get behind
  16. “Que Oso” by Snow Tha Product ~ Y, ¿dónde se le fue lo católico?
  17. “Look What You Made Me Do” by Taylor Swift ~ I got a list of names, and yours is in red, underlined
  18. “Time of My Life” by UPSAHL ~ I did all of the things that everybody said
  19. “Seize the Power” by YONAKA ~ As soon as you taste independencе, you start living life in the presеnt
  20. “I Am” by Yung Baby Tate feat. Flo Milli ~ ‘Cause I’m eating real good like Garfield

The highlight of my month was listening to three of Taylor Swift’s albums on vinyl with M. Not only is this an underrated activity (just listening to music and hanging with your friends? amazing), but listening to “August” in August was perfection. My album obsessions were Billie Eilish’s Happier Than Ever, Lorde’s Solar Power, PJ Harding and Noah Cyrus’ People Don’t Change, and Halsey’s If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power. Each of these have been on heavy rotation (with a minimum of three full listens each in August) and are a good excuse for why my individual songs weren’t as plentiful.

I have a feeling I’ll be traveling back in time with some of my music genres (maybe the 60s and 70s are calling my name), but, otherwise, I can definitely promise my new habit of finding songs from around the globe will continue. Songs that remind me of fall and colder weather, spooky things and murder might be on the horizon as well. After all, we have a new Halloween playlist to build for OcTerror.

Until then, you can find the currently complete What I’m Listening To 2021 playlist here.