Staff Picks Playlist: May 2019


Acentric Magazine’s Staff Picks Playlist are back featuring 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 we feature songs from Ben Platt, worlds greatest dad, and Florence + the Machine. All songs are in a Spotify playlist below.

“Black Star Dancing” by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Most people might know Noel Gallagher for his legendary work in Oasis, but his side project Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds boasts some of his best songwriting ever. “Black Star Dancing” is the lead single from the group’s fourth record of the same name, and it’s a true summer disco romp worthy of repeat plays. Gallagher might be 51 years old, but when that chorus hits with “And we can ride on, we can ride all night,” there’s plenty of room for people of all ages to get down on the dancefloor. (Kat Manos, Writer/Photographer)

“Cherry” by Jungle

About two months ago I photographed Jungle for the first time and I was also new to the band’s music. The show was great and the London crew had a 70s vibe that I loved. Ever since that show I’ve been listening to their latest record that came out last year, “For Ever”. Right now, “Cherry” is one of my favorites off that record. The song is smooth and the lyrics, “you never gonna change me” will easily get stuck in your head, great to zone out to. (Krystina Gabrielle, Photographer)

“Good as Hell” by Lizzo

Lizzo’s music radiates girl power. To get through this past week, I’ve been listening to her music, including her latest album Cuz I Love You, on repeat. Her 2016 single “Good as Hell” is my all-time favorite. The catchy tunes, empowering lyrics, and upbeat melodies are the perfect confidence boosters. Whether you’re working out at the gym, dancing in your room, or having a girls’ night, Lizzo will get you feeling “good as hell”. (Ashton Sotiro, Photographer)

“Peace” by Alison Wonderland

Alison Wonderland is an Australian DJ who has created a name for herself in the EDM scene as one of the largest female DJ’s in the scene. Across all of her tracks, her voice sits beautifully atop the beats that she creates. Her most recent single, “Peace”, is an elevating and empowering track about the release of something or someone, letting go and moving on. The ability to find true happiness can sometimes be a struggle but this track certainly helps along the journey. (Jess Williams, Photographer)

“Grow As We Go” by Ben Platt

From the nerdy acapella kid in Pitch Perfect to Evan Hansen, if you have any idea at all who Ben Platt is, you would know this fella’s got some pipes. Platt’s recently release debut studio album, Sing to Me Instead, only further shows off his skills. With that said, it is incredibly difficult to choose which song to highlight from the album. “Grow As We Go”, the album’s third single, is an emotional, acoustic track about the desperation—and heartbreaking plea—for a relationship to work despite knowing how much personal growth each person still needs. Be warned: this song, along with its accompanying music video, is sure to bring tears to your eyes. (Angelica Nicolle Abalos, Editor-in-Chief)

“No Choir” by Florence + The Machine

If you’ve heard the widely popular “Dog Days,” you’re most likely familiar with the angelic voice of Florence Welch, FATM vocalist. Singing about heartbreaks and her alcoholic past, Welch captures the essence of dismay in each and every song, bringing listeners to tears within seconds of the first line. In “No Choir,” from their latest album High As Hope, Welch takes a subjective look at her past and her career, acknowledging the sadness in most of her discography and her uncertainty for the future. This raw and emotional tune is sure to move you, and quite possibly bring you to tears. (Natalie Melendez, Writer)

“Motions” by worlds greatest dad

It’s officially summer in the Northeast, so naturally I’ve started to compile all those “feel good” jams to drive around to. I came across worlds greatest dad at a show a little while back and became instantly obsessed. WGD takes deep and relatable lyrics and layers them over fun and upbeat indie-rock music, altogether creating honest songs that just seem to “click”. This song is definitely my carefree summer jam for the season, with that sprinkle of authenticity that makes them a band worth following. (Jordyn Beschel, Writer/Photographer)

“Souls” by hippo campus

From hippo campus’ EP Bashful Creatures, “Souls” is definitely one of my all-time favorites. I fell in love with it when I went to see them play live last year. It has found a place in my heart ever since and it gets me in the right mood no matter where I am. It carries that everlasting feeling of being young, and ode to the good old times. (Erika Garcia, Managing Editor)