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February 14, 2018

The Anti-Valentine's Day playlist - Break-up songs

The Anti-Valentine's Day playlist - Break-up songs

The Low-Fi team
BACKSTAGE — PLAYLIST

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Break-up songs playlist, was the most non-Valentine’s Day thing the Backstage team could think of for this week. If the enthusiasm that erupted after the idea was proposed is any indication, we really don’t support the imposed manufactured love in the form of a multi-billion industry of kitschy stuffed animals and cards. So, regardless if you share that sentiment or you are just feeling all the feels, indulge yourself in some heartache-y tunes. Or better, go to one of the many Low-Fi concerts coming up (shameless plug), and give the love to all of those musicians and hosts out there working hard to create them.

Christy: The Less I know the Better by Tame Impala

In 2015 I had freshly graduated from high school and began a journey through an unwanted gap year in the countryside, away from ALL of my friends. Teenage me was distraught by this and it seemed that everything had gone south except for my love life… Which didn’t last for long. So, after a break up and several desperate attempts to chase after folks who were definitely not into me, I made it my mission to play this song every time I was handed an AUX cord at a party or event. If that wasn’t pathetic enough, I would force everyone to shut up and listen to my favourite part of the song, “I was doing fine without ya, 'til I saw your face, now I can't erase”. That line somehow shook me to the core of my soul and spoke to me as if it were a message SO relatable it was sent from heaven above itself. Now, every time anyone plays this song in public I can’t help but think “Oh, sweetheart... Who hurt you?”.

Delia: Fuck was I by Jenny Owen Youngs

To tell you the truth, I've never been one of the people for whom the line "sad songs make me feel better" rings true. If anything, they will make me reminisce and let me tell you, there's nothing quite like triggering the feeling of a break up, longitudinally, years in, time and time again, at a press of a play button. There's just something about how time seems to expand when you're hurting, so I introduce to you an essential letting it go song and a favorite “shaking my head” anthem. Side benefit, it gives plenty of time to ponder on the explicitly wise question "Fuck was I"...

Miruna: the break-up mini playlist

I actually have a break-up playlist which I started about five years ago. At first glance, it looks like an odd or cheesy mixture, but it makes more sense once you’ve passed the first three songs. It starts on a heartbreaking note with “Only Love Can Hurt Like this” by Paloma Faith and it spirals into other tearjerkers, yet empowering, pieces such as “Whole Damn Year”( Mary J. Blige) and “I Learned from the Best” (Whitney Houston). But it’s not all doom and gloom. I made sure that I put a bit of groove in it towards the end. How? one may ask. By slowly dancing your sadness away on “Owner of a Lonely Heart” (Yes) or “Love’s a Hurtin’ Thing” (Gloria Ann Taylor).

Erika: The Bed Song by Amanda Palmer

The truth is I’ve never been broken up with. As a teenager, my relationships would last a couple of sweet summer months and end in either texts (yes, I’m that person) or simply evaporate into mutual silence out of practical reasons such as school starting or distance. Flash forward to my twenties and I’ve been engaged for 7 happy years – which doesn’t mean I don’t tear up every time Amanda Palmer walks me through the museum of her crumbling love life: as her bed gets bigger, so does the distance between herself and her lover. This song rips my heart out every single time and I can’t vouch for your humanity if it doesn’t do the same for yours.

Erika: The Bed Song by Amanda Palmer

The truth is I’ve never been broken up with. As a teenager, my relationships would last a couple of sweet summer months and end in either texts (yes, I’m that person) or simply evaporate into mutual silence out of practical reasons such as school starting or distance. Flash forward to my twenties and I’ve been engaged for 7 happy years – which doesn’t mean I don’t tear up every time Amanda Palmer walks me through the museum of her crumbling love life: as her bed gets bigger, so does the distance between herself and her lover. This song rips my heart out every single time and I can’t vouch for your humanity if it doesn’t do the same for yours.

Jana: Thick and Thin by LANY

At this point almost the whole world knows who Dua Lipa is, but not everybody knows that a couple of years ago she dated Paul Jason Klein, the frontman of a small band from Florida named LANY, and totally shattered his heart when one day she just decided to up and leave him for her ex. Those two were the perfect Instagram/musician couple and tears were definitely shed when Paul and Dua broke up, but then again we all know that a heart-wrenching break up is a key to a successful album.
And that is exactly what happened. Overwhelmed with emotions and sadness Paul wrote the sophomore 2018 LANY album Malibu Nights in merely 45 days. Filled with desperate lyrics and 80s pop influences Malibu Night is a 9-song post breakup therapy session and the single Thick and Thin is the perfect example of that. My inner 16-year-old cannot resist the temptation and, hopefully, neither will you.

Troels - Lin-Manuel Miranda - Hamilton:  You’ll Be Back

This may be an unconventional addition, but I’ll find a way to squeeze Hamilton into anything. It’s the late 18th century, and the United States of America have declared their independence. King George III enters the stage and sings to the rebel nation; about the times they’ve had together, how resistance is futile and the USA should simply give up, that even if they leave they will come back to the United Kingdom after realizing that they left a good thing behind. Miranda uses metaphors of a toxic relationship as a comedic framework as George III’s lyrics grow increasingly disturbing in the manner of an overly attached and psychotic ex-boyfriend - “But when push comes to shove, I will kill your friends and family to remind you of my love”.

As we know from history, as far as breakups go, this was not a quiet one. It also has follow-up songs “What Comes Next” and “I Know Him”.

Cristian : Love Is Not Enough by Nine Inch Nails

One day we will find our one true soul mate, and all our problems will disappear forever. Love is all we really need in life, right? Trent Reznor, the creative force behind Nine Inch Nails, disagrees. In his song “Love is not enough” we hear of a relationship that is built on the vacuous romantic ideal. Instrumentally, the song fits the bill of NIN’s music: tense harmonies, distorted guitars, electronic drum loops, and disorienting effects.
It’s in the lyrics that we find a unique take on contemporary love. We tend to simply “take” and demand from the other, in order to “forget” and numb our own feelings. It is all built on addiction. The persona indeed seems to realize something is amiss. But, as per usual, we deny our issues and “cover them with lies”. Everything seems fine on the surface. Actually the issue “hides in the dark / Like the withering vain / We didn’t give it a mouth / So it cannot complain”. In short: we need to work for our relationships - “love is not enough”.

Anders: ​Voltaic Crusher/Undrum to Muted Da by of Montreal

Back in 2008 I broke up with my then boyfriend. I was the one that wanted to stop and even though it was the only right thing for me to do, I felt like such a dick. I think I listened to this sorry-please-move-on song on repeat for almost half a year.

“Please don't lose any sleep over me, baby / I hardly exist / You gave me your hand, I gave you a fist”

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