The Highlighter Playlist (No. 2) – Spring

By WSN Music Desk Staff

Check out what WSN’s Music Desk is listening to this week.

“Here Comes the Sun” –  The Beatles

Oh, don’t the opening chords of this Beatles’ tune just conjure up images of lazy, warm afternoons sitting on a picnic blanket in Central Park, forgetting about the nearing of finals? This hit was one of the few penned by George Harrison for “Abbey Road,” reportedly written while spending time in friend Eric Clapton’s garden on a nice spring day as Harrison played hooky from a band business meeting. Every easy-going guy with a guitar has covered the song, from James Taylor to Paul Simon. Take a break and kick back to enjoy the sun with this acoustic-driven classic. [Editor’s Note: “Here Comes the Sun” is not available on Spotify; listen to it here] – Rachel A.G. Gilman, Staff Writer

“June Hymn” – The Decemberists

The album that this song appears on, 2011’s “The King Is Dead,” has always exuded spring to me. As such, it’s become a perennial favorite of mine, always getting a lot of spins around this time of year. Although its name suggests summer, this song carries that feeling of a late spring day with it, where the sun is hanging somewhere in between afternoon and sunset. Colin Meloy’s knack for big vocabulary words doesn’t weigh down the simple beauty of this song; instead, it enhances the song with images that match up excellently with the lilting acoustic guitar and calming melody.  And that harmonica solo at the end is just the icing on the cake.  – Carter G. Shelter, Contributing Writer

“Nice Weather for Ducks” – Lemon Jelly

For some, a six-minute song is a trial of their patience. However, like spring, every hint of “Nice Weather for Ducks’” eventual cresendo warms you with excitement. Like a carefree LCD Soundsystem track, the song builds a lullabying lick into a frenzied sound collage. Lemon Jelly  you may know them as the composers of “The Sims 2” music – blends folksy guitar-plucking, calypso horns, and layers of electronic and organic percussion harmoniously. The build becomes so enveloping, so technicolored, you’re overcome with an anticipation and joy, this lover’s-train-coming-into-the-station sensation. That’s a thing, right? [Editor’s note: No, Zane; it is not.]  Zane Warman, Staff Writer

“Flower Girl” – Pity Sex

Spring is a gentle season, a subtle segue from melting snow to blooming sprouts. “Flower Girl” throws that concept out the window and sets it on fire, inciting a lo-fi, garage rock romp through the desperation of admitting feelings for someone, the anxious wait for their answer, and the calm when they, hopefully, “take [our] hands.” The flower girl metaphor is apt: love takes people out of their darkness just as spring takes flowers out of theirs. Finding rebirth and joy in tenderly loving someone never felt so punk rock.  – E.R. Pulgar, Music Editor

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