Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, but not every romancer has the talents of a bard (not to mention that courtyard mandolin odes have gone out of style). Fortunately, love is still a fairly common theme in today’s music. Play these tracks for your muse, even though you didn’t write them—it’s the thought that counts, after all.
Ok, it’s a bold beginning, but tell us that saxophone doesn’t sound like the uncontrollable grin of infatuation. Perfect for spur-of-the-moment weekend excursions.
Smooth and sunny, appreciative of the one who came into your life (to you, it feels like they flew).
Opening lyric: “I ain’t hanging up this time.” Subverting the cutesy “no, you hang up first!” line, the track shows that love can be cool, sassy and still just as true.
Sometimes being in love’s pretty, sometimes not so much. Sometimes both at once. Aching, but oh so honest.
Love is exciting, but sometimes it can be about fending off suburban ennui by focusing on bits of domestic bliss. Moving into a new place, stressed but together. Barnett makes a simple French press into a symbol of shared mornings and lives.
Soulful falsetto that captures how you feel when your lover’s not around, an icy beat that’s like driving a long way to visit and staying patient until you arrive. Unfortunate but real, this is a long-distance jam.
A simple promise that holds a lot of weight, looking into the future but not too far. This one is a modern waltz for quiet living-room swaying.