The Sound of Early Summer in the Northwest

Hiking on a foggy day in June at Denny Creek in the Central Cascades

To me, early summer in the Pacific Northwest has a melancholy feel, simultaneously hopeful yet disappointed. It’s quiet and subtle but builds in intensity. I’ve created a playlist peppered with northwest musicians (*) that reflects that moody atmosphere.

Listen to the playlist on spotify (free, but requires registration): Early Summer in the PNW

  1. Margaret vs. Pauline – Neko Case *
  2. Lives – Modest Mouse *
  3. Untitled – Interpol
  4. Here It Comes – The Doves
  5. Color Bars – Elliott Smith
  6. The Shrine / An Argument – Fleet Foxes *
  7. Crystalized – The XX
  8. You and Your Friend – Dire Straits
  9. Keep the Streets Empty for Me – Fever Ray
  10. The Air – Modest Mouse *
  11. Bixby Canyon Bridge – Death Cab for Cutie *
  12. Lovers in a Dangerous Time – Bruce Cockburn
  13. The Crane Wife 1 & 2 – The Decemberists *
  14. More Adventurous – Rilo Kiley
  15. Everything Reminds Me of Her – Elliott Smith
  16. 1979 – Smashing Pumpkins
  17. Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now – The Smiths
  18. The World at Large – Modest Mouse *
  19. Tiger Mountain Peasant Song – Fleet Foxes *

What does early summer sound like to you?

About Tracy Durnell

Seattle-area graphic designer and SFF writer inspired by the Pacific Northwest, crafting a sustainable and intentional life.

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