End of the year lists pt. 2: Songs

I’m back again with some of my favorite songs of 2016. I should warn that a good third of these weren’t even released in 2016, but I just really, really liked them this year. Also, most year end music lists tend to be a list of 10, but this is a list of 20 because, yes I do have commitment issues when it comes to music, and no it doesn’t need to be addressed because it’s just fine. 🙂

Devil Like Me // Rainbow Kitten Surprise (Jan. in FL is weird and kinda sad, but still good)

Harry Dean // SWMRS (The scream in the beginning !! I still love Cole Becker)

Brazil // Declan McKenna (I listened to this song exclusively for like a week straight lol)

17 // Youth Lagoon (YL is so important to me and it meant the world to see them live before their end. Thanks you Trevor Powers, for everything).

Murmurs // Hundred Waters (New favs after seeing them at Okeechobee, so dreamy-beautiful; the whole dang performance)

Harvard // Diet Cig (Good one for scream-singing in the car. Alex and Noah are the cutest ever, also I have Alex’s phone number 😉 )

Told Ya So // Adult Mom (June, where do we go from here?)

Good As Hell // Lizzo (what a ‘gettin ready’ ANTHEM!)

Glasgow // Catfish and The Bottlemen (Still waiting to hear this one live…)

Lover’s Carvings // Bibio (4th of July, running down the streets holding hands like its a damn music video, happy)

Pleasure Shrug // The Florists (July, Christy, mosh pits, yoga on a parking ramp, MPLS)

Real Love Baby // Father John Misty (“what more can I ask for!?”)

Deja Vu // Beach Bunny (the literal last day in FL, a bittersweet goodbye, more tears than expected)

Diamond Mine // Hop Along (Monday mornings in the art studio that I will miss.)

A Living Human Girl // The Regrettes (Rookie Mag, my love)

Cannon // Kitten Forever (Hawaiian Teeth Something Something. First time live :’) )

Joanie // The Front Bottoms (twice in one year, so good :’) )

On Hold // The XX (an ode to sad, 15 year old me and the month I listened to nothing but The XX)

Monsoon // Hippo Campus (“Damn. Those boys just keep getting better and better.”)

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Beach Bunny

Lili Trifilio is the girl who recorded her debut EP in her parents’ bedroom under the moniker Beach Bunny. At the young age of 19, the Chicago native is currently balancing a budding music career as a singer/songwriter while taking classes full time at DePaul University. Being a fellow Hippo Campus fan, attributing the inspiration for her EP to them, a Midwesterner, and absolutely hilarious on social media, she and I hit it off immediately.
Lili began taking guitar lessons as a preteen, and continued through junior high when she got into indie/alt. music; “someone showed me Foster the People and I was like ‘Wow this is different’ [. . .] I think once you start [listening to indie/alt music], there’s no going back!” She kept at it, continued practicing, self-teaching, and writing songs through high school when she realized that, “there’s some passion here.” It was then that Lili decided this very well could be something she wanted to pursue professionally.
She had plans to record an EP set for the summer of 2016, but when she went home for winter break (which happened to be 6 weeks long, the title of the EP’s hit!) she found herself with much free time and decided that she was going to do it right then. Lili did everything herself, from recording and producing, to the cover art. “There’s this spot in my parents room that has nice acoustics, and I just shut every door in the house and told everyone not to make any noise!”
Beach Bunny’s first EP Animalism was released December 16th 2015 with four tracks all with this very uniquely light and airy sound, fitting for the name Beach Bunny, which she says was given to her by a friend. The songs are all very much relatable love songs with crisp clear vocals, and attention grabbing tempo changes. The first track on Animalism, 6 Weeks starts out sounding like the very meaning of the word “pretty”, but then slows in the bridge and demands your awareness with goose bump-inducing vocals that rise with intensity, then settles and rests into the sweetness of the calm that was before the storm in the beginning of the song.

Lili has big hopes as Beach Bunny, and she sees herself writing more, maybe a bit more abstractly, but writing nonetheless. At the moment, you’ll find her playing a bunch of local shows in Chicago and at basement shows with other local artists. But she’s a dedicated attendee; her ultimate goal right now is playing Lollapalooza sometime in the future. And again, you really should follow her on social media cause she’s real funny, I swear.