Spring has sprung, meaning it’s time to get outside and enjoy your music. So we’ve put together a perfect playlist of spring-themed tracks, featuring artists like The Beatles, Aphex Twin and Sufjan Stevens, all of whom sound great on T7 Wireless – our portable Bluetooth™ speaker that delivers stunning sound anywhere you go.
1. Beatles – Here Comes The Sun
If spring were to have its own theme song, we’re certain this would be one of the main contenders. From the Fab Four’s Abbey Road album, both Paul McCartney’s and George Harrison’s sunny harmonies sparkle against the backdrop of the rich orchestral accompaniment, while echoes of a ‘long cold lonely winter’ quickly become a thing of the past.
2. Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong – April In Paris
If you haven’t yet experienced France’s capital in spring, we think you’ll want to after listening to this stunning recording by the tuneful twosome Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. Lyrics of chestnuts in blossom and holiday tables under trees are conveyed with intimacy and sentimentality thanks to the high fidelity of the vocals, which are cleanly provided by T7 Wireless.
3. Sturgill Simpson – In Bloom
Sturgill Simpson is the modern messiah of country music, and his cover of Nirvana’s classic ‘In Bloom’ is utterly mesmerising. From the beginning it’s stripped back, intimate and teeming with atmosphere, with Sturgill’s unpolished rural tones setting the mood. The track itself eventually blossoms, via a gorgeous string interlude, into an emphatic finale featuring a punchy horn section.
4. Jonny Greenwood – Tree Strings
The standout composition from his most recent film soundtrack, Jonny Greenwood hits the spot with his blend of acoustic instrumentation, harmony and ambience, all combined with minimalistic rhythms heard in the upper strings section. Cellos and electric guitar underpin these rhythmic patterns with smooth strokes, creating a strong sense of being at one with nature.
5. Sufjan Stevens – City of Roses
A love letter to the city of Portland, spritely fingerpicked guitars go hand in hand with layered vocals, as heard in Sufjan Stevens’s previous album Carrie and Lowell. Despite the simple instrumentation, it’s hard not to appreciate his poetic and seemingly vulnerable storytelling style, which, in this track, describe his feelings of returning to his childhood town.
6. Ralph Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending
Pastoral, bucolic, eminently beautiful and rousing at the same time, British composer Vaughan Williams ripped up the musical rulebook with this masterpiece. Listen as T7 Wireless effortlessly conveys the soaring solo violin against shimmering orchestral strings, evoking nature in its purest form.
7. Aphex Twin – Avril 14th
When Aphex Twin isn’t busy making hyperactive yet intricate electronic music, he, from time to time, reveals a penchant for creating emotive instrumental pieces too. Just a playful piano melody and accompaniment, we enjoy hearing the underlying mechanical rhythm caused by the sounds of the instrument’s internal hammers delicately hitting the strings.
8. Simon & Garfunkel – The 59th Street Bridge Song
Taken from their third studio album Parsely, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, this track brings a much needed breath of fresh spring air to your ears. Feel-good lyrics of appreciating the small things in life blend with lively, great-sounding drums and bright guitar playing for an energetic recording that we think ends far too soon.
9. Nils Frahm – My Friend The Forest
A more melancholic spring offering, Nils Frahm delivers a stunning piano piece full of feeling, from his 2018 album All Melody. It’s rather simple, but what he does so well is keep the listener hanging with his use of pauses and subtle harmonies, which keeps you guessing until the very last chord.
10. Max Richter – Spring 1
Not to be confused with Antonio Vivaldi’s ‘Spring’ from The Four Seasons, written nearly three hundred years ago, this track from contemporary composer Max Richter modernises its older brother in an ingenious way. Violin lines mimic birdsong as they bounce across the soundstage, while lower string registers drive the music forward with cool intensity.
11. Bill Evans Trio – It Might As Well Be Spring
Originally written by Rogers and Hammerstein in 1945, we actually prefer the Bill Evans Trio version for this playlist. It’s laid back, expressive jazz, with Bill’s characterful piano playing adding swathes of colour to the listening experience.
12. Fat Freddy’s Drop – Blackbird
New Zealand based Fat Freddy’s Drop craft a distinct form of reggae mixed with dub, soul and jazz. The result is a fascinating listen. Most spring songs relate to sentimentality and optimism, but this offers the opposite, with lyrics painting the blackbird as an annoyance. Either way, this 9-minute-long jam features a groovy piano hook mixed with plenty of reggae flavour to complement the outdoors.