You know that feeling. You’re just going through your day when, all of a sudden, something small reminds you of home, and you’re hit with an unexpected wave of bittersweet nostalgia. Maybe you’re studying abroad for the summer or living someplace totally new for a fancy internship, and you can’t stop thinking about your dog or your mom’s home-cooked meals. Or maybe you’re home, but you realize that you’ve left your heart in your second home — Berkeley. It’s pretty much a given that those of us who have left for the summer are missing our college friends and the freedom and excitement that Berkeley has to offer right now, so here are a few songs to guide you through those homesick yearnings for Berkeley this summer:
“Hold On, We’re Going Home (Cover)” — Lights
This melancholy cover of Drake’s hit will set the mood for your wistful reverie. Complete with ethereal, echoey backing vocals, simple acoustic guitar and Lights’ angelic voice, you’ll quickly be put in a trance. Lights is typically an electro-pop artist, but her voice truly shines in acoustic endeavors. This song might get you thinking about an old flame you left in Berkeley and missing the good old times. Is it August yet?
“Home” — Gabrielle Aplin
Gabrielle Aplin is the perfect next step for easing into your feelings slowly. “Home” begins with acoustic guitar and sweet, organic vocals. The song gradually builds into a powerful, dramatic wash of homesickness that will completely absorb you. Though your place of residence in Berkeley may change, it’s not just a building that makes a home. As Aplin croons, “It’s not just where you lay your head/ It’s not just where you make your bed/ As long as we’re together, does it matter where we go?”
“First Train Home” — Imogen Heap
When you start to get incredibly bored sitting at home with nothing to do but lie in bed and watch Netflix this summer, you’ll really want to catch that “First Train Home” — back to Berkeley, that is. Let the sparse synthesizers and Imogen Heap’s whispery, gorgeous vocals guide you back to your favorite place, even if it’s just in your head for now.
“Get Home” — Bastille
We know you’ve heard “Pompeii,” but there’s a chance you’ve missed this stunning number by Bastille. On “Get Home,” Bastille singer Dan Smith’s flawless falsetto complete with beautiful harmonies is the perfect complement to your melancholy mood. The delicate electronic instrumentation evokes an ocean of nostalgia with each cry of: “How am I gonna get myself back home?”
“Long Way Home” — Jukebox the Ghost
Jukebox the Ghost is a powerhouse indie-pop trio, and “Long Way Home” includes vocals from both singers in the band. In this sweet song recalling an old lover, singers Tommy Siegel and Ben Thornewill wonder, “If I passed by you on a busy street/ Will you remember me?” Get swept up in the nostalgia, and let this tune carry you far, far away.
“Hometown” — Twenty One Pilots
This song by Twenty One Pilots isn’t exactly a fond ode to one’s hometown, but Tyler Joseph’s echoing falsetto in the chorus certainly stirs up some feelings of melancholy. The distinctive synth line in “Hometown” makes it the perfect choice to sad-dance to, so get jamming while you’re still caught up in your own head.
“When Was I Last Home” — The Dø
This haunting piano ballad will cascade over your entire being and pull you into a daydream. The Dø is an indie pop duo from Paris, and on “When Was I Last Home,” singer Olivia Merilahti’s vocals creep smoothly into the sparse air with an eerie beauty. How long has it been since you’ve been home, anyway? It seems like forever.
“Home” — Ingrid Michaelson
It’s always good to end on a positive note. On “Home,” Ingrid Michaelson’s crooning vocals remind you of all the lovely feelings that come with being home, and the track opens with the line: “Even in the harshest of winter I feel so warm.” The cheerful sing-along nature of this song is the perfect closer to a playlist made for recollection. Missing home sucks, but just remember that you’ll be back before you know it.
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