Modern Soundtrack for Romance

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.

Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me
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.

Anderson .Paak – The Bird
Smooth and sunny, appreciative of the one who came into your life (to you, it feels like they flew).

Angel Olsen ­– Shut Up Kiss Me
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.

Frank Ocean – Self Control
Sometimes being in love’s pretty, sometimes not so much. Sometimes both at once. Aching, but oh so honest.

Courtney Barnett – Depreston
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.

dvsn – Hallucinations
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.

Beach House – Take Care
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.