The Put This On Twilight Of Summer Mix

August 17, 2017

The Put This On Twilight of Summer Mix

In August, summer seems to get bored with itself. The evening light is a little lazier, the heat lingers but doesn’t really cook. Faded are June’s optimism and July’s reckless abandon. Kids may even briefly look forward to school. There’s a few more chances to catch that summer feeling, though. A few more campfires, cookouts, and clambakes–occasions to break out your best print shirt before that first chilly day reminds you to pull your fall shirts and shetlands out of storage. -Pete

Summer songs are a bit of an, uh, obsession of mine. Over the years, one thing stays true: I may want to live in a perpetual state of mid-June but I want all my music to sound like late August: “tinged with fragility and marked by melancholy.” I realize that doesn’t exactly sound like a party but the end of summer isn’t about getting turnt. It’s where we take that extra moment to take in orange sherbet sunsets and enjoy nights without nary a jacket. I can’t quite explain how you take that and translate it into a song but our playlist suggests that many an artist has found their way to capture that sublimity. -Oliver 

To help you savor those late summer evenings or last days at the beach, music writer, scholar, and DJ Oliver Wang and I put together a mix–we all love music at PTO and we’ve done this before, but never with the help of a professional like Oliver. We traded song suggestions, tinkered with the sequencing and edited it all down to 20 songs that capture the perfect laid-back summer vibe. I tested it out last weekend in several summer settings–notably in the car and out back on the deck–and let me tell you, it goes. -Pete

The Put This On, End of Summer Mix