Fall Playlist! 14 Jams To Play On Repeat

Just because the days are getting shorter and the temperature's dropping, that doesn't mean your music has get a case of the S.A.D.s as well. For this year's fall playlist, we're proving exactly that point with 14 tracks ranging from experimental R&B to orchestral indie — all perfect for soundtracking your autumn days.
Think of this as the musical equivalent of sweater weather; tracks that will keep you content long after the snow starts falling, but could be equally appropriate when you're in the mood for kicking around some fallen leaves or getting down at your annual Halloween party. Hey, it's spring somewhere, right?
Download and/or stream each song individually — or — for continuous listening, check out the Refinery29 fall '12 playlist on Spotify, which has almost all the tunes in one place.
Sky Ferreira — Ghost EP
"Everything Is Embarrassing" [MP3]
"Everything Is Embarrassing" is the sound of Sky Ferreira coming into her own. Dripping with pathos and nostalgia, the track also serves as another home run for producer Dev Hynes. This could be 2012's quintessential autumn jam.
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kendrick-lamarKendrick Lamar — good kid, m.A.A.d city
“Swimming Pools (Drank)”
It’s not hyperbole to say that Compton upstart Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city is the most highly anticipated hip-hop record of the year. With “Swimming Pools (Drank)” Lamar justifies his voice-of-a-generation hubris and brings rap to a place where conflicting emotions coalesce into something more heartfelt than we’ve heard from mainstream hip-hop in ages.
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how-to-dress-well-total-lossHow To Dress Well — Total Loss
"& It Was U" [MP3]
Leave it to a falsetto-rocking philosophy student to make one of the more intriguing R&B records of the year. "& It Was U" may be Tom Krell's catchiest and most accessible track thus far, exploring new influences while maintaing his art-pop credentials.
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solange-losing-youSolange — "Losing You"/"“Sleep In The Park” single
"Losing You"
It's been four long years since Solange Knowles released an album, but it sure was worth the wait. "Losing You," produced and co-written by Blood Orange's Dev Hynes, is an effervescent piece of pop perfection that may be her best song yet.
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petite-noir-bad-lifePetite Noir — Bad Life
"Till We Ghosts" [MP3]
South African newcomer Petite Noir mixes a dusky voice reminiscent of Nick Cave's with the electronic textures of contemporary British bass. It's a truly beguiling new sound, and "Till We Ghosts" is one of the most promising debuts we've heard in ages.
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King Krule — "Rock Bottom"/"Octopus" single
"Rock Bottom"
18-year-old Londoner Archy Marshall (a.k.a. King Krule) broke out last year with a voice deeper and darker than his meager years. His new song, "Rock Bottom," with its rollicking syncopation, sees Marshall oscillating from quietly sensitive to brutally harsh and back again.
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crystal-castles-IIICrystal Castles — (iii)
"Wrath of God" [MP3]
Crystal Castles have been doing its goth-rave thing for a while now, but "Wrath of God" is reminder of just how righteous its trance-meets-punk aesthetic can sound when it hits the right balance. By turns mesmerizingly soft and maximally encompassing, the track shows us what made the duo great in the first place.
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tame-impala-lonerismTame Impala — Lonerism
With it's throbbing guitar and trippy synths, "Elephant" sees the Australian psych-rockers at its most focused. If you're looking for rock 'n roll that's loud and smart, search no further.
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alunageorge-your-drums-your-loveAlunaGeorge — Your Drums, Your Love
"Your Drums, Your Love"
Together Aluna Francis and producer George Reid become AlunaGeorge, a pop duo that sounds like music from the future. "Your Drums, Your Love," with its warped vocal effects and enormous, R&B-tinged hook, couldn't sound more now.
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grizzly-bear-shieldsGrizzly Bear — Shields
"Yet Again"
Perennial Brooklyn rockers Grizzly Bear could probably sit back and rest on its laurels (haunches?). Instead, the band has released the wonderful new record Shields, on which "Yet Again" shows a more unhinged approach to orchestral indie.
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Jessie Ware - Devotion
"Sweet Talk" [Free MP3 download available on Amazon]
We could have picked virtually any song from Jessie Ware's debut, Devotion, but "Sweet Talk" just happens to be our current favorite. With its retro-R&B flourishes and bubbly bounce, it's an album highlight among album highlights.
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bat-for-lashes-the-haunted-manBat For Lashes — The Haunted Man
Natasha Khan's new album shows her at her most *ahem* exposed, and "Marilyn" is proof that this new approach is paying off deeply. Ostensibly about Marilyn Monroe, the song's melancholic pop is as otherworldly and affecting as its source material.
frank-ocean-channel-orangeFrank Ocean — Channel ORANGE
"Super Rich Kids"
Of all the tracks on Channel ORANGE, "Super Rich Kids" captures Frank Ocean's youthful malaise best. This is largely due to a virtuosic guest turn by Earl Sweatshirt, who leaves his past vitriol behind in favor of something that borders on profundity.
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flying-lotus-until-the-quiet-comesFlying Lotus — Until The Quiet Comes
"See Thru U"
Flying Lotus and Erykah Badu are two birds of a feather. Both exist in futuristic worlds that tread the line between utopia and dystopia. "See Thru U" is more than an album highlight on Flying Lotus' excellent new LP, it's the sound of two kindred souls meeting for the first time.
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