Thursday Jams (10/29/20)

Kiersten Buckley, Co-Editor in Chief

Happy early Halloween, everyone! Unfortunately, I am not very well versed in “Halloween music” that could be featured in this week’s edition. But, this week’s Thursday Jams will include some songs that I find to have a “haunting” tone. Enjoy!


Call It Fate, Call It Karma- The Strokes

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I know, I know- I include a song by “The Strokes” in almost every article that I write. I have a good reason this time, though- the band is set to perform on Saturday Night Live this Halloween, and they were recently featured in a Jeopardy question! So, I believe that it is in good taste that I feature them once more in this week’s edition. Call It Fate, Call It Karma is one of the band’s more well known songs, and I find it to have a very ominous tone. There is a dismal piano tune that plays while the lead singer’s vocals are somewhat muffled. Even the lyrics tell a story of abstract concepts of the universe that are quite difficult to understand. Overall, this tune definitely leaves you with an eerie feeling…but in a good way! You should listen to this track if you like sad music, or lo-fi songs. 

Sky So Blue- Hot Flash Heat Wave

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Recently, I have been obsessed with this song. The angelic background music-which consists of many synthesized beats, intense drums, and funky guitar solos- is simply mesmerizing. The song has more instrumentals than vocals, which is unique and experimental for an indie band such as “Hot Flash Heat Wave”. Although the lyrics of the tune are simple, the distorted vocals and dreamy instrumentals create a somewhat haunting feeling. You should listen to this song if you like talented instrumentalists or “psychedelic” music. 


I Saw an Angel- Puzzle

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This catchy tune has grown to become one of my favorite songs simply because of its genre-defying nature. In mere seconds, the song switches from light rock, to dreamy pop, and then creates its own genre altogether. The vocals of the lead singer combine with the synthesized instrumentals of the tune create a nostalgic and somewhat haunting feeling. This song also contains more instrumentals than vocals, but the instrumentals are simply captivating. You should listen to this song if you like “psychedelic” music or if you like experimental music. 


Before the Water Gets Too High- Parquet Courts

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Truthfully, this tune inspired me to write this article of “haunting songs”. Something about this track just creates such an eerie feeling in me. Maybe it’s the prominent bass guitar, or the loud synth instrumentals. Either way, the feeling that this song provides is, in one word, haunting. The lyrics are also incredibly interesting and tell a cynical story of our society. You should listen to this song if you like strong male vocalists, or rock songs.