6. “Jessica,” Regina Spektor(on What We Saw From the Cheap Seats)
Yes. This song, as I mentioned, is fairly convenient. It’s soft and almost sad and wistful in a good way and just nice.
4. “Johnny and June,” Angus and Julia Stone (on A Book Like This)
This is the peppy alt-track to their “Hollywood,” and I mean, I like it the slower way better, because I am that kind of person, but when it’s all upbeat, it’s also really cute. So that counts for something.
3. “Jack Killed Mom,” Jenny Lewis (on Acid Tongue)
No, but I’ve talked before about how blissfully morbid and yet delightful this song is. This is a list with minimal commentary, because the songs often do the talking. Or I’ve talked about them before.
2. “Oliver James,” Fleet Foxes (on Fleet Foxes)
This song is so haunting. Not in a creepy way, but still. It’s wistful, but not in a sad way. And it’s sort of epic, in a strange, outdoorsy, mountainy way.
Back we go to your brother’s house, emptier my dear
The sound of ancient voices ringing soft upon your ear
1. “Xavia,” the Submarines (on Honeysuckle Weeks)
I literally did not realize until I just looked it up that this song was on the Nick and Norah’s soundtrack. It must have been hiding. Anyway, I like this song because it is also cheerful and because Xavia is a name that you never hear, ever. And I have a thing for weird names.
–your fangirl heroine.