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“We didn’t need a story, we didn’t need a real world/We just had to keep on walking/And we became the stories, we became the places.” And so says not only the opening lyrics of M83′s “Intro,” but also the essential basis on which this playlist will thrive.

I’ve always been fascinated with the concept of existentialism (particularly after I read Albert Camus’ The Stranger) going hand in hand with escapism. With these two concepts in mind, I wanted to create something that could musically express what someone at least once in their life desires: wishful thinking of a self-governed life free from pressures of work and school. Just think: you could never live a Monday morning in this life. Now, wouldn’t that be something?

“Intro” makes itself out to set the mood for the entirety of the playlist, ultimately dependent on both the combination of the majestic vocals by voice cameo Zola Jesus and its accurate depiction of the shoegaze genre. Although the songs that follow do not follow the similar genre of the first, each meshes well with the other to create a feeling of (what I hope to be) the self-determined second life you never had (but wish you did!)

Once you’ve had enough of  just “living free” with Wolfmother’s psychedelic hard guitar beats, cool off with The Postal Service’s indie electronic tune of a (presumably, but it can be anyone’s guess) dystopian post-apocalyptic world. Next, Arcade Fire takes the stage, whose beats and chorus become steady and quite less paced than the past two. Just when you begin repeating to yourself, “Before the click of a light and start of a dream,” the song loses its tune instantly once the palette cleanser “Smoke & Mirrors” instrumental slowly reaches a repetition you will not want to get rid of but rather save for a rainy day.  Soon enough, the playlist jumps again to the electro pop genre, which takes a bit of a rise and repeat when Miike Snow bellows out his existentialist dilemma of being a “slave of consequence.” In time we are crooned by the low and the smooth last two songs that are sure to get you into the mind set of a freer, more determined ‘to get what you want’ attitude. Whatever aim I may have for my listeners, these songs are nonetheless sure to get you on your feet and to explore the variety of ‘pops’ and ‘electronics’ you never thought existed before!

This playlist and accompanying piece was created by Alicia Hai, Music Blogger at Rhetoric Magazine. Come back for more every Friday!

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