Chilling songs for the spooky season
By Sonam Kaloti, Arts Editor
October’s almost over already! Hopefully you’ve been able to enjoy the season’s festivities with all the safety procedures limiting what we can do out and about. For when you’re home and trying to get in the (spooky) mood, here’s the start to a Halloween playlist!
“Forever & Ever More”– Nothing But Thieves
For a rock band, this song’s theme is pretty much mandatory. Vampires and… well there’s only vampires. (Don’t forget the humans!)
It’s heavy and Halloween-y: the perfect combo (year-round!) if you’re anything like me. Over-compressed electric guitar riffs, heavy kicks, and mysterious vocals come together to create this absolute beauty for ears.
“When You Die” – MGMT
“Go fuck yourself / You heard me right / Don’t call me nice again.” Well, aren’t those the most fitting lyrics to represent the collective October mindset?
MGMT has one of the most unique sounds in alt-pop without getting too experimental (they retain a beat—amazing!) Fun saw-modulated synths run arpeggios in the back, a surprisingly calm acoustic guitar keeps melody, while the vocals do their… thing. This one’s a bop to sing with friends while you’re carving pumpkins.
“Witching Hour” – Rezz
Firstly, anything by Rezz is a spooky song. “Witching Hour” gives “When You Die” a run for its money when it comes to saw-modulated synths. Truly, the combination of the delayed synth lead up front with the atmospheric glass synth sustained harmony in the back makes you feel like you’re floating around Goosebumps’ fictional “HorrorLand” amusement park.
“Love Potion No. 9” – The Clovers
In for an oldie? “Love Potion No. 9” is a 1964 pure dance groove—it’ll have you doing the twist in no time. I honestly believe it could be just as good for Valentine’s Day, and you don’t see that Halloween crossover often.
“The Killing Kind” – Marianas Trench
“The ghost in me was true but / You were haunted too just / Didn’t see it all along / I know my love can be / The killing kind.”
While Josh Ramsay’s ghost never wants to leave wherever he is, I never want this song to end! It begins soft and chilling, with minimal instruments and a focus on the lead vocals, likely to accentuate the lyrical message before everything gets too wild.
About two minutes into the near seven-minute piece, the brass and kick drum come in, followed closely by the rest of the orchestra and, of course, the iconic Marianas Trench vocal harmonies.
Throwback time! Don’t even bother pretending this music video didn’t scare you when you were younger.
This could be played anywhere—I personally recommend listening on your headphones when you’re walking somewhere. The beat is perfect to add a confident strut to your walk.
“Drunk on Halloween”– The Wallows
A far softer song than the rest on this list. This one’s for the senti-spooky trick-or-treaters out there. To all the party goers who hide under a ghost sheet and stick to the corners, and to all the heart-broken ghouls.
“A Cold Freezin’ Night”– The Books
“I need to think of something, so you stay alive / As long as I want you to, because so I can kill you” “I can kill you with a rifle… / A shotgun, any way I want to / Probably by cutting your toes off and working my way up / Towards your brain”
An extremely experimental song with beeps and boops and especially unique vocals. The audio from the song consists of a brother and sister threatening each other with phrases that are extremely unnerving! The story behind this is that the musicians behind this masterpiece would collect old tape recorders from thrift stores to acquire audio for their music.
Now get to listening and have a super scary rest of
the month. Oh, and don’t look behind you, trust me.