A playlist in tribute to the vernal equinox.
Change is the only constant and as our planetary cycle begins ushering us into a long awaited spring, we’ve curated our monthly playlist to do the same. Beginning with a highly technical composition, we hear legendary classical composer Chopin’s Winter Wind. Performed by Johan Åhlén, rapid arpeggios evoke a turbulent snowfall, giving us a taste of the final throes of the long winter. Next, John Cale’s The Soul of Carmen Miranda, cocoons us in atmospheric pads accompanied by a howling analog wind. Thawing the ice of the previous tracks, June Evening’s introduction alerts us; “Spring’s arrived early here, a time for lovers” before a filtered bass groove layered underneath harps and horns kick off the warm and laid back tune. One of the key traits of spring’s arrival, indicating the coming of warmer seasons, are the blossoming flowers. Here in Vancouver, the blooming cherry blossoms are surefire indicators and thus Cherry Blossom Girl with its uplifting broken acoustic chords and soft vocals is a fitting addition. Later on, Sous les palmiers’ psychedelic and reverb drenched riffs leave us dreaming of the coming beach days and the warm sun on our skin. Finally, we have The Velvet Underground’s Ride Into the Sun, a perfect reminder of the long summer days that approach us.