Welcome to Volume Twelve of Acentric Magazine’s “Staff Picks of the Week!” This acentric playlist features the most enjoyed songs played throughout the week, chosen by yours truly. We hope to introduce you to sounds you’ve never heard before and create nostalgia for the tunes you do know.
This week’s playlist features some classic tunes from The Temptations and Elvis, a soon-to-be sultry summer hit by Nick Jonas and Tove Lo and an instrumental guitar jam perfect for energizing you through finals week, as well as some other great picks!
“My Girl” by The Temptations
I did myself a favor this week and created an oldies playlist on Spotify. This is one of many timeless classics that were added to the list. I always catch myself singing this song when I’m out and about or getting ready for my day. It’s almost a guarantee that I’ll be in a good mood if I’m singing this tune. Honestly, I consider myself lucky to have grown up with this music around the house, and I’m definitely going to be raising my kids to know these songs as well. (Angelica Nicolle Abalos, Editor-in-Chief)
“I Miss” by Safe Bet
Safe Bet released his debut EP How’s Life Without Me last week and I haven’t looked back since. I had been longing to find some new acoustic songs to jam to and Safe Bet is exactly what I needed. “I Miss” is the last song on the EP and is by far my favorite. I’ve had it stuck in my head all week and it’s definitely worth checking out! (Gina Scarpino, Photographer)
“Catch and Release (Deepend Remix)” by Matt Simmons
This song has been on repeat ever since I saw Derek Mitchell choreograph a contemporary jazz routine to it, props to him. The song describes what it feels like to have a place that you lose sense of everything in. Matt Simmons voice is so calming in this song and it calms you down almost instantly, which is odd for a remix some may say. The remix doesn’t over power the lyrics and the meaning however, and that what makes it so great. (Camille Wilcher, Social Media Coordinator)
“Everything” by City of the Sun
Studying for finals isn’t fun; however, listening to City of the Sun has helped to make it more bearable. Even without lyrics, their songs are captivating and complex. I chose “Everything” as my pick because it has the most plays on Spotify, but I recommend checking out their entire album, it’s pretty incredible. (Kathryn Farley, Social Media Manager)
“Bosom of Abraham” by Elvis Presley
Everyone has an artist they’ve been raised on, and mine was Elvis Presley. Hiis music will always have a special place in my heart. One thing few people know about Elvis is that he didn’t start as a rock n roll artist, but as a Gospel singer. Elvis loved this classic Southern subgenre of soul, influenced heavily by African-American musical traditions, and he recorded countless hymns and traditional songs long after he got his big break as the King of Rock n Roll. My choice this week is a roughly recorded quintet that I love for its sheer simplicity and how unlike it is from many of Elvis’ more mainstream hits. It’s a little ditty about a Biblical parable, and you can feel the real passion Elvis and his fellow singers (yet unknown) bring to the track as they laugh and sing along. (Nina Calabretta, Writer/Copy Editor)
“Close” by Nick Jonas ft. Tove Lo
I’ve listened to this song quite a few times over the last couple of weeks and every time it grows on me just a little more. It really showcases the voices of both artists, and the slow melodic beat make the song either listening or when you’re trying to get in the feels. I love the direction the Nick Jonas has taken as an artist and this song showcases it well. (Dayna Drum, Managing Editor)
“Queer” by Garbage
As usual my pick is a ’90s throwback with a dope female lead. This jam is creepy, and right down my ally. It’s sweet and disturbing, and funky as anything. Shirley Manson, the mascot for the beautiful weird girls, sultry voice is literally hypnotizing. Try listening to this song only once, you can’t. (Deanna Soukiasian, Writer/Interviewer)