What I Listen to During Fall

Grab a blanket, put on the kettle, and get ready for some good music to accompany the view of falling leaves and rain outside your window.

1. Radical Face – Ghost

The 2007 album by Ben Cooper of Electric President. It evokes what autumn does: melancholy, introspection, and desire for escape and comfort.

Here is the song that made me fall in love with the album.

“Welcome Home, Son”

2. Ben Nichols – The Last Pale Light in the West

This is a concept EP by Ben Nichols of the Memphis band Lucero, inspired by Cormac McCarthy’s novel Blood Meridian, or, The Evening Redness in the West. I’d like to think that it’s the imagery in the lyrics alone that makes this an autumn album, but I think the slide guitar helps.

“The Last Pale Light in the West”

3. Sufjan Stevens – Illinoise

Just like fall, this is album is complex and beautifully layered.

“Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois”

4. Whiskeytown – Stranger’s Almanac

Ryan Adams fronted this band before he went solo. All three albums are musical masterpieces, but I find myself listening to Stranger’s Almanac the most when it gets cold out for some reason.

“Jacksonville Skyline”

5. The Good Life – Help Wanted Nights

Yet another side project. The Good Life features Tim Kasher of Cursive. This whole album is just so deliciously…downbeat. Perfect for autumn. Can you tell I really love sad music when it gets cold out? Maybe the weather affects me more than I think…

“Keely Aimee”

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