The City Series, vol. 2: Seattle Vibes

By: Patricia Kusumaningtyas |

Seattle is known to be an underdog city in the United States—mostly known for its rain, tech companies, coffee, largely democratic voters, and legal weed. However, there are some other intricacies that makes the city unique; I explore these intricacies in the second edition of The City Series. Besides featuring Seattle-based artists such as Temple of the Dog, Perfume Genius, The Head and the Heart, and Damien Jurado, some of the songs in the playlist represent an aspect of living life in Seattle, for example: I put “The Cascades” by Fleet Foxes in because of how easily one can hike the Cascade mountains just by driving less than an hour from Seattle; “Sundays” by Aminé because of how often it rains (“Some days we get Sundays but most days the rain comes down / And I feel like I’m bound to drown”); “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” by Otis Redding since it brings back a pivotal scene in Twin Peaks (set in a place just a 35-minute drive from Seattle); “Broccoli” by DRAM and Lil Yachty because, of course, of the legal weed.

However, some of these songs are also placed based on my personal experiences. Chance the Rapper’s “Summer Friends” is the song in my mind when I first moved to Seattle in the fall, struck with the realization that I’m losing my summer friends in Jakarta. Tyler, the Creator’s “Boredom” was on my playlist during my commute to meet new friends for bubble tea in International District. Snakehips’s “All My Friends” is the song I played on repeat post-graduation, uncertain about what life brings next.

With all that being said, here’s a piece of me left in Seattle, Washington.

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