Happy September! We've got a special treat for you this month: a playlist from the cool cats behind online art and music magazine Dissolving Film!
Zoey Martinez is a teenage girl who goes to a small liberal arts school. She has a great love for animals, her dog in particular. She spends most of her free time painting, drawing, reading, and watching movies.
Zoë Bridgwater is a teenage girl who is never not listening to music, taking photos, making collages, reading about music, or watching films. She hopes to one day be as cool as Nancy Whang of LCD Soundsystem.
Together, Zoë and Zoey combined their love for art and music to create Dissolving Film during the summer of 2016. Their goal was to create an all inclusive platform where people could come together as a supportive community to share their creations and find others whose creations resonate with them.
Check out their September picks below, and read on for information on why they chose each track!
1. “Faded Heart” by BØRNS
Zoë: When it looked like I was going to be moving to a new state, Zoey made me a playlist featuring “Electric Love” by BØRNS. When it turned out that I would not be moving, we got the chance to see BØRNS in a concert that coincidentally took place the following month! We are both very excited for his sophomore album and can’t wait to hopefully see him again someday.
2. “Ivy” by Frank Ocean
Zoey: “Ivy” is one of my favorite songs off of Frank Ocean’s new album Blonde. Coincidentally, the two writers of the song are Rostam from Vampire Weekend and Jamie from The XX—two other artists I love.
3. “Day Go By” by Karen O
Zoë: I recently started reading Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011 by Lizzy Goodman. In the process, I re-fell in love in with Karen O’s amazing vocals and clever lyrics, both of which can be heard in “Day Go By”.
4. “Feel Something” by Black Coast
Zoey: I’ve always been influenced by my sister’s taste in music. She used to pick me up or take me places in her car all the time, and she always had music playing. This is one of the songs I’ve picked up from her. (Here's a tip: this song is best listened to at night in the car with the windows down!)
5. “Rosa” by Grimes
Zoë: The first time I listened to Geidi Primes was during September of my freshman year on the way to my locker. Now, it's September of my senior year, and I still remember falling in love with the layers of synths and sounds that flooded into my ears when “Rosa” came on shuffle.
6. “The Night We Met” by Lord Huron
Zoey: Like many others, I discovered this song while watching the ever-so-popular show 13 Reasons Why. While I never finished the series (I simply found the book to be more interesting), I fell in love with the soundtrack, and this is a personal favorite. It’s not as lighthearted as some of the others, but it's an incredible song nonetheless.
7. “Levitation” by Beach House
Zoë: During fall break of 2015 while on a day trip to Fayetteville with Zoey, I stopped by one of my favorite record shops and was trying to decide which record I wanted to buy. The owner of the shop—who was arranging records next to me—picked up Depression Cherry, then began to tell me about the album and convinced me to purchase it. As soon as “Levitation” began, I felt like I was in a dream.
8. “Sea of Love” by Cat Power
Zoey: In keeping with my soundtrack theme, this track from the soundtrack to Juno is another one of my favorites. Not only do I love Juno, but I also heard this song a couple of years before seeing the movie—while I was in the car on my way to the beach in California. It’s a feeling I’ll never forget.
Zoë: I used to listen to the Juno soundtrack, too, but on my MP3 player when Juno was playing in theaters and I was much too young to see it.
9. “Heavenly Creatures” by Wolf Alice
Zoë: Wolf Alice has steadfastly been one of my all-time favorite bands. I am really looking forward to listening to Wolf Alice’s sophomore album, Visions of a Life, which is coming out at the end of the month. I remember listening to this song last summer while on vacation with my mom, aunt, and grandma as we were walking around the Crystal Bridges art museum on a sunny day.
10. “i was all over her” by salvia plath
Zoey: This song brings me back to my art class sophomore year, doing line drawings and filling them in with watercolor paints based on the music I was listening to or how I was feeling. Whenever this song played, everything turned out very soft and dreamy.
11. “Heart Out” by The 1975
Zoë & Zoey: We would listen to The 1975 on bus rides, walking from class to class, and during the dreaded walks around the track in the sun. They basically sum up 8th grade for us. We always thought that the beginning of this song sounded like an '80s movie.
Zoey: Last year I saw The 1975 live in Oklahoma City and it was amazing!
12. “Made In Hollywood” by LANY
Zoë & Zoey: The two of us have been listening to LANY for a long time, since sophomore year, and are so excited to see them in concert on September 29th—it’s a dream come true! We’re concert pals, and that makes this an exciting track to round out the list.