Pour yourself a glass of Merlot with Steph Wood’s essential Friday night playlist.
Audiences might’ve already gotten a glimpse into the life of Steph Wood following the release of her self-titled debut EP last month.
With its intricate storytelling and diary-like lyricism, the five-song collection offered a peek into the throes of singer-songwriter’s love life, as punctuated by acoustic instrumentation and a rich vocal range.
“I hope people can process some of their own emotions,” Wood told Happy Mag of the intention behind her intimate songwriting.
And while there’s much to be learned about Wood through these personal musical vignettes — from the lust of lead single Ballerina to the empowerment of Easy To Love — the Sydney musician is again welcoming us into her orbit by sharing her Friday night playlist exclusively for Happy Mag.
Best paired with a glass of red wine, the five-song playlist includes some artists of the so-called “sad girl” cohort Wood subscribes to, as well as tracks that “make me happy and remind me to be present.”
So pour yourself a glass of Merlot and warm up the turntable with Steph Wood’s essential Friday night playlist below. In the meantime, check out her self-titled EP here.
Paul — Big Thief
Adrianne Lenkers voice is enough for me to listen to any Big Thief tune. I’m a big fan of many of their tracks but I love the way she tells the story of how love can be so hard if it’s not with the right person or when your head is not right.
Sad Sad Song — M Ward
Although it’s a sad song, M Ward‘s Sad, Sad Song brings me much joy. As a songwriter this is a bit of an anthem and answer to all tough questions. When things don’t go to plan just write a sad song about it.
Still Cold — Mazzy Star
Mazzy Star is one of my all time favorite bands and I love how this song starts off small and just builds into the big instrumental guitar solo outro.
Long Blue Light — Leif Vollebekk
Leif’s voice matched with that slide guitar makes me feel like I’m sitting on top of a hill, watching the craziness of life from above. The line “don’t know where I’m going, Don’t know where I’m from” resonates with me as I often feel as if I’ve lost all direction.
Hope We Meet Again — Laura Marling
Laura Marling is one of my favorite artists and writers. This song in particular caused me to fall in love with pedal steel and inspired me to use it in my own music.
Golden Age — Chris Staples
This is such a good song. It just makes me happy and reminds me to just be present, enjoy life and be happy.