May Playlist: 9 Songs for Biking

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It’s still a bit chilly at night, and we might not be ready to put our shorts in constant rotation just yet.  But we can all sense that the heat of summer is upon us.  This May’s playlist is a collection of tracks we’re jamming to in anticipation of summer. Here’s what were listening to on our bikes:

1. Night Still ComesNeko Case: The great Neko Case is a venerable songwriter + vocalist. Her stint with The New Pornographers transformed into a solo career that ranges from indie to country to pop. This one’s a slightly wistful beauty.
2. Quo VadisLower Dens: A dancey alt-rock tune that builds to a steamy, synthy apex; we really hear shades of Karen O in frontwoman Jana Hunter.
3. Daylight Dead Stars: We love every song on Dead Stars’ 2015 LP Slumber, but this one happens to be particularly great for springtime strolling and rides in the sun.
4. EverywhereEx Hex: The ladies of Ex Hex are some of our favorites in rock at the moment. They have such a great vintage sound that isn’t overdone… and pretty catchy, too.
5. Other PlansFigurines: Released in 2004, this track by Dutch indie-rockers is still one of our favorites for spring.
6. SunflowerThe Weepies: Something a bit softer for you – the ultra dreamy vocals of duo Deb Talan and Steve Tannen’s project The Weepies’ latest album, Sirens.
7. Feeling OkBest Coast: The anthem of your summer has arrived early, via the California stylings of the state’s surf rock darlings.
8. I Of The StormOf Monsters and Men: We hear whispers of The National at the start of the track, giving way to the sweet melodies of Icelandic sweethearts Of Monsters and Men.
9. Doo Wop (That Thing)Lauryn Hill: Yeah, so, it isn’t exactly a new tune but… you have to respect the one, the only, Ms. Lauryn Hill. She’s such a talented lyricist and has a gorgeous, velvety voice, to boot. And this song is something to nod along to.
9. Halfway ZenJerry Paper: Let’s get a little bit funky with this last one. Lucas Nathan’s Brooklyn-based project Jerry Paper is percussive and groovy and synthy and everything we want to hear on a bright spring day.
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