Zzzz… This month’s playlist is in honor of hitting the snooze button and floating off to dreamland. Don’t let the bed bugs bite.
“Still Dreaming” by Raveena
If there’s something dreamy in this world, that is Raveena’s voice, especially in this song because of all the simplistic but sonically aesthetic details. The “Dreamland” theme made me realize that sometimes our dreamland is not a place, but a person. I don’t have much to explain, so give it a listen and immerse in this ethereal song.
“Sleeping On My Dreams” by Jacob Collier
If anyone has ever listened to any Jacob Collier song before, you know his music is a whole different experience. This four-minute long gem is a rollercoaster and always makes me think of a special futuristic and cosmological energy. Specifically, in minute 2:43 is when the dreamiest vibes begin.
“Dreams” by The Cranberries
This song is explicitly about dreams, but the sound places you in dreamland as well. You become fascinated with the person the singer is describing, imagining them to be a dream just as they say. As a person who had a tendency to daydream, especially about crushes, this song fits my romantic side perfectly.
“Kokomo, IN” by Japanese Breakfast
This song sounds so dreamy, it makes me want to close my eyes and sway to the music whenever I hear it. The lyrics are about someone saying goodbye to their lover, who is leaving their small town to see bigger things. It’s about longing, dreaming of their return. We all dream of those who have moved to other places, imagining what things would be like upon their arrival.
“Saw You In A Dream” by The Japanese House
This was the first song that came to mind because of how magical it sounds. I can’t think of a song that’s more mystifying and dreamlike than this one, yet, despite the sweet sound of this song, the lyrics are humbling! Some things are merely dreams. Good things will always come and go. It’s best to at least recognize that, even if you can’t accept it.
“Dreaming Of You” by Selena
A song so overtaken with bittersweet emotion that you can’t help but be swept up into a blissful state while listening to it. For some reason, dreams are always tied to feelings of longing and appear as signs for us to listen to. The lyrics of this make me wonder if some dreams reflect the places you want to be the most. By a certain person’s side, in a special moment, or in a positive state of mind.
“26” by Paramore
There is a healing power to “26” that has soothed me during so many stages in my life. Gentle acoustic guitar paired with Hayley William’s soft reassuring voice speaks deeply to the soul. “26” helps you channel the hope in your heart, even when things seem so impossible and your dreams feel out of reach. When you feel worn down, like you need someone to gently carry you, “26” will remind you that it will all be okay. It has helped me harness the hope in my heart to pull me closer to my wildest dreams.
“Saturn” by Sleeping at Last
A sweet, dreamy, and deeply orchestral song, “Saturn” will leave you feeling as though you are floating. “How rare and beautiful it truly is to even exist?” the singer asks, in a grateful, beautifully contented voice. If you have ever lost a loved one, this song will make you feel closer to them, feeling content with how wonderful and lucky we are to have ever existed in the same universe as each other. Death is a part of life but “Saturn” reminds us love is infinite.
“Fade Into You” by Mazzy Star
Mazzy Star plays frequently in my dreams, but this one in particular. Listening to it makes me feel like I’m in that in-between stage of being awake and drifting off. Maybe that’s because I’ve almost fallen asleep listening to this song on the train a couple times.
“Genesis” by Grimes
This pick is dedicated to fever dreams and the never ending thread woven with confusing and weird events that seem to make perfect sense in the moment. I always have multiple dreams in one night, but they’re never separated clearly. So, I try my best to piece everything together when I wake up. “Genesis” is a cluttered masterpiece. Like your fever dreams, you’re never too sure how everything came to be but you’re just glad you got to experience it.
“The Hours” by Beach House
Beach House is known for their atmospheric music, but this one tops the list of my favorites among their discography. “The Hours” song has such a dreamy, sweeping melody, contrasted with the lyrics, poetically evoke the inconsistency of a failing relationship.
“Off You” by The Breeders
I originally heard this song in the soundtrack of the 2013 movie Her, and its lyrics remind me of sensory fragments of memories, bringing to mind the vague dreams we have that seem to follow no story: “I am the autumn and the scarlet / I am the makeup on your eyes.”