salt air & the rust on your door // playlist

Happy August! salt air & the rust on your door is the ideal beach playlist for me. The title and theme is of course inspired by the opening lines of one of my favorite songs ever, "august" by Taylor SwiftFolklore is such an inspiring work of art and will always be an essential summer album for me, one that I have written about many times. I was also inspired by so many of my favorite artists with this summer playlist. For me, these all capture the feeling of summer in different coastal settings all over the world, some places I have been to and others I have not. From the West Coast, that serves as the biggest presence in all of Lana Del Rey's writing and always takes me back to my greatest memories visiting California a few summers ago. From the East Coast, specifically New Jersey and the beaches I grew up going to, represented in Bleachers' Take The Sadness Out Of Saturday Night. To the beautiful New Zealand beaches that inspired Lorde's Solar Power - and everything in between. 

Lana Del Rey's vivid songwriting has a way of transporting you right to California in a way like now other. All of her music embodies everything I love about summer in different ways. I particularly included a lot of her 2017 album, Lust For Life, in this playlist because it is not only so sonically versatile, but it is also so representative of the themes of getting lost in the memory and living for the hope of it all. I will always hold Lust For Life in a special place in my heart because it came out right before I went to Los Angeles for the first time in summer 2017 and will always remember listening to it all throughout that trip! 
Other artists and albums I love that are heavily featured throughout this playlist and have been on repeat for me all summer include; Haim's Women In Music Pt.3, Mark Ronson's Late Night Feelings, Troye Sivan's In A Dream, and Miley Cyrus' Endless Summer Vacation. 5 Seconds of Summer is also heavily featured, their music always brings back so many happy memories of past summers and going to their concerts. I am seeing them in New York City in just a few weeks and I couldn't be more excited! 

Follow me on Spotify here to keep up with my future playlists and listen to salt air & the rust on your door here / linked above. If you have any prompt ideas or music recommendations, let me know in the comments below. I will be sharing more curated playlists soon, so be sure to check back here soon for more! 

Although August will inevitably slip away into a moment in time, these songs will always bring me back to when I was living for the hope of it all! I hope you enjoy listening as much as I have! Thanks for reading!

-Melissa ♡

Header: The Calm Sea by Gustave Courbet, 1869 (cropped)


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