Five Songs to Get You Through Turkey Day

Thanksgiving is the week for large feasts, time with family, indescribable airport crowds, miles logged in vehicles, and hopefully some well-deserved R&R. But whether you’re convincing airport security the cheese in your bag isn’t a liquid, sitting in traffic on the Pike, or just tuning out Uncle Horton’s unfailingly ever-flapping yap, chances are you’ll need some sweet tunes to get you through the next few days. You’re welcome.

Phantogram, “Don’t Move”
Stuck on the tarmac? If you missed them at Royale last weekend, don’t worry: this sweet beat-infused track will, at the very least, keep your foot tapping as you give thanks that you’re not flying JetBlue.

Phantogram – Don’t Move by Hypetrak

Tall Heights, “To Be Young”
Remember that R&R I told you about? Kick it off by setting the dial to max chill with local duo Tall Heights, who play folk-tinged tunes on guitar and cello.

To Be Young by Tall Heights

Gonjasufi, “Nikels and Dimes”
A lo-fi, glimmery (and intentionally misspelled) track from San Diego’s Gonjasufi — off the artist’s upcoming January 24 release, MU.ZZ.LE. Atmospheric, spacious, and loping, it’s perfect for staving off the road rage…for now, at least.

Michael Kiwanuka, “Home Again”
The name is all too perfect … ’tis the season to go home, after all. And one of the best things about home is getting underneath your favorite blanket at 5 p.m. with a belly full of tryptophane and passing the f**k out. And that is essentially what London’s Michael Kiwanuka sounds like.

Michael Kiwanuka by MichaelKiwanuka

Florence and the Machine, “What the Water Gave Me”
From the band’s October 28th release, Ceremonials, this track is equal parts haunting, otherworldly, and downright pretty in its own offbeat way. Just like your family, right?

Florence + the Machine – What The Water Gave Me [Official Music Video] from Back Alley Journals on Vimeo.