TOP CHILL SONGS - WEEK 45
There's something about fall and chill music that just go hand in hand, don't you think? Okay, so maybe it's the self-confessed Tumblr addict in me, but I love nothing more this time of year than to pull on a cozy sweater, rustle up a hot cocoa, and slip on a nice, relaxing playlist. And while I appreciate that autumn isn't for everyone, I'm pretty sure that I'll make a fall fan of you yet once you snuggle up to the latest edition of We Are: The Guard's Top Chill Songs. Just grab a beverage and enjoy the following chill tracks from Louis the Child & Drew Love, Teyana Taylor & Kehlani, Chelsea Cutler & Alexander 23, and more!
LYYN – HEAT WAVE
Now that the clocks have fallen back, LYYN is here to keep us warm through the cold, dark nights with “Heat Wave.” It's a sultry, sexy piece of bedroom-pop that the rising singer-songwriter tells Eat This Music was born from “the slow burn of a crush,” with LYYN's voice twisting and contorting like a mirage over thick blankets of trap percussion. Enjoy.
UMI – BREATHE
Every time that I listen to UMI, I feel like I'm falling deeper into a dream. The Seattle singer-songwriter weaves the kind of musical reveries that I never want to wake up from – lightweight and gauzy, with a strong underpinning of crushingly devastating storytelling that notches this 20-year-old just ahead of her peers. Love Language EP is out now.
LOUIS THE CHILD & DREW LOVE – FREE
Louis the Child and THEY.'s Drew Love are striking that oh-so-perfect balance between “uplifting” and “entirely devastating” on their brand new collaborative single “Free.” It's a lush, vibrant piece of future-bass about watching a lover move on without you, with Drew's achingly vocals soaring to the sky atop Louis the Child's coruscating, piano-filled production.
CABLE – COME BACK DOWN TO ME
Halloween may be over for another year, but CABLE continues to beckon us into the shadows on his latest single “Come Back Down to Me.” Featured on his recent EP Magic World, it's a haunting, atmospheric composition that looms large over the listener like a Gothic cathedral, with droning synths meeting male choristers who echo from the nave like restless spirits.
TEYANA TAYLOR & KEHLANI – MORNING
Director: How sexy do you want this video to be?
Teyana Taylor and Kehlani: Yes.
NUAGES – SHELTER
“Shelter” by Nuages is precisely that – a safe refuge from life's seemingly endless troubles and doubts. Opening to a misty, mountainous swell of synths and distant vocal samples before expanding into a more emotive, cinematic symphony, “Shelter” is the definition of an ambient masterpiece that embraces you like your utmost protector.
CHELSEA CUTLER & ALEXANDER 23 – LUCKY
This is unbelievably adorable. Ahead of the release of her album How to Be Human in January, Chelsea Cutler returns today with “Lucky.” It's an ode to love, heartbreak, and the deep importance of staying grateful, with Alexander 23 making for a sweet male counterpoint to Chelsea's ridiculously cute vocals.
ALWAYS NEVER – WITH IT
Always Never were passing “the vibe check” long before the term even existed. The Canadian duo's late-night breed of R&B sounds like it was factory-made for the bedroom, with Patrick Kirschner and Dean Guilbault setting the mood once again on “With It,” a song that swirls to the ceiling like cigarette smoke.
SON LITTLE – SUFFER
Son Little's Aaron Earl Livingston calls for an immediate cease-fire on his latest single and the most recent to be unveiled from his forthcoming album aloha – “suffer.” “We don't have to suffer, you and I/We don't have to wade in the trenches every night,” sings Son Little on the cut – a peace treaty from the heart that positions Aaron's raw, raspy voice ahead of a gently lilting acoustic.
WILL SAMSON – FLOWERBED (S. CAREY REMIX)
It's been a minute since we've heard from S. Carey, but the Lake Geneva native returns today with a remix of “Flowerbed” by British singer-songwriter Will Samson. Listen as S. brings a whole new sense of sweeping expansiveness to the ode to grief and growth, with Will's ravishingly gorgeous vocals coming steeped in canyons of reverb.
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Jess Grant is a frustrated writer hailing from London, England. When she isn't tasked with disentangling her thoughts from her brain and putting them on paper, Jess can generally be found listening to The Beatles, or cooking vegetarian food.