• Kylie Conner

6 Must-Have Artists For Your Fall Playlist

It's time to set the vibes as the cool days of fall are blowing in. Unlike the party-hard playlists of summer, it's time to chill out to music you can roll the windows down to, let the wind blow through your hair, kick back, and drive.


Looking for some artists on the rise to bring your fall playlist to life? This is the perfect article for you. Each of these artists offers their own spunky twist on folk, alternative, and pop music that can take your vibes to the next level.

1. ROLE MODEL

Known by the moniker ROLE MODEL, Tucker Pillsbury puts his vocals over laid-back instrumentation to address painfully relatable issues plaguing the end of youth. He pairs dreamy bedroom production and diary-style lyrics to dive into painful topics of depression, failed relationships, self-doubt, and loneliness–somehow delivering it all in a warm and comforting package.


It's not quite the cuddle season anthem, but hey - not everyone is cuddling up this fall. We would suggest this playlist for those who are ready to get in their feels.




2. Dayglow

On his full-length debut album, Fuzzybrain, Austin-based artist Dayglow reveals his rare gift for illuminating emotional pain in a way that not only resonates but ultimately makes that pain feel lighter. With its bright textures and effervescent melodies, glistening guitar tones, and radiant vocals, the album instantly invites a dreamy euphoria, even as it gets incredibly candid about isolation, anxiety, and loss.


Again, this playlist is for those who want to take a trip on an emotional rollercoaster. It'll still make you feel good as the artist has fun with his talents throughout this playlist, but you may run into some demons you have yet to face when taking time to really feel his lyrics. At least there's a light at the end of the tunnel!



3. Matt Maeson

Soul-baring singer/songwriter Matt Maeson hails from Virginia Beach, VA, where his parents played in Christian heavy-metal bands, and he was banned from listening to rock on the radio. He grew up traveling with his parents' outreach ministry, gaining unlikely experience by performing in prisons and biker rallies. He himself fell into drugs, and then into jail, eventually getting out and working construction for 12 hours a day while doing community service on his days off before diving into music.


Regardless of his background, you'll get very soft fall vibes that are perfect for chill night drives or rainy days. The acoustic sound of this playlist will make your heart feel as warm inside as the holidays do.



4. Yoke Lore

New York indie-pop project Yoke Lore is the solo musical venture of Adrian Galvin.


"A ‘yoke’ is something that holds things together. ‘Lore’ means a set of stories or a collection of ideas,” explains Galvin.


Yoke Lore layers the harmonies of Panda Bear, the soulful beats of M83, and the modern pop of Blackbird to tell “the stories of how we are bound.” His songs combine echoing waves of banjo, vocals, and percussion to create arresting pop music with tactile candor and conviction.


This playlist is perfect for the good-feel days of fall, whether it's jumping in a pile of crisp Autumn leaves or sipping hot cider near a fire pit. You may also feel a bit of spiritual awakening after listening to the whole project.



5. KALEO

Being best friends since elementary school the now bandleader JJ Julius Son, drummer David Antonsson, and the bassist Daniel Kristjansson started to play together at a young age. At that time, they called the band Timburmenn which is a phrase often used for men who are hungover. The guitarist Rubin Pollock then joined in, in 2012 and that is when they officially named the band Kaleo.


Their first big steps as a band were taken at the acclaimed Iceland Airwaves Music Festival in 2012 and after that, there was no turning back. They captured the nation’s heart when they did a cover of the song Vor í Vaglaskógi, which was originally sung by one of Iceland’s best-known singers Vilhjálmur Vilhjálmsson who tragically died young in a car accident.


Kaleo gives a folk-like spin on every song yet somehow manages to still bring a feeling of pop music at the same time. Listening to their music immediately will make you think of leaves changing colors and colder weather. Close your eyes and picture this ambiance as you give this playlist a listen.



6. Mt. Joy

Mt. Joy started off as a rekindling of shared musical ambitions between Philadelphia high school friends vocalist and guitarist, Matt Quinn and guitarist, Sam Cooper. Reunited in Los Angeles thanks to the ebbs and flows of adult life, the pair met multi-instrumentalist Michael Byrnes through a Craigslist ad (sometimes it works folks).


They named themselves Mt. Joy as an ode to a mountain in Valley Forge National Park near Sam’s childhood home. This band is consistent at providing fall-like, indie-band vibes that will make you feel relaxed. Fall is a time to be thankful for everything that has come this year, so put on this playlist and ponder on.



Don't be shy! Add this new music to your playlists. With the cool, crisp days of fall here to stay for a bit, let these songs be the anthem - you might even find that it elevates your holiday experience.

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