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18 Songs That Are Perfect For September

Fall music: when everything is breezy and wistful and strummy and perfect.

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Who? California-born singer-songwriter who makes sneakily dark folk-y baroque pop.

Most autumnal thing about it: That breezy, laid-back shuffle. Oh and the warm organ tone. Everything about this song, basically.

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Who? New York art-rock legends. Velvet freaking Underground.

Most autumnal thing about it: The fluttery chorus harmonies.

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Who? A relatively unheralded record producer, songwriter, musician, and arranger who worked with everyone from The Beach Boys to Elton John and specialized in sparkling sunshine pop.

Most autumnal thing about it: The chiming, arpeggiated guitar. Delicate and irresistible.

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Who? A pioneer of Ethio-jazz. You might remember hearing his work in the Jim Jarmusch/Bill Murray movie Broken Flowers.

Most autumnal thing about it: The interplay between the humming organ and the twisting brass melody.

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Who? The sunshine-ier, Scottish Dylan.

The most autumnal thing about it: The playfully brushed drums and, duh, THE FLUTE.

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Who? English hero of pastoral psychedelia. Worked with Brian Eno, Syd Barrett, John Cale, and a bunch more.

The most autumnal thing about it: The shaker and toy accordion. The sprightly bassline and delicate vocal. All of it.

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Who? The recording project of 19-year-old English ginger whiz kid Archy Marshall.

The most autumnal thing about it: The drowsy drum loop and Marshall's low-slung vocal delivery. Heavy "nighttime in September" vibes.

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Who? Legendary Memphis power-pop band.

The most autumnal thing about it: The walking bass line subtly nudging the sparkling acoustic guitar line forward. You can damn near see the leaves falling as this song plays.

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Who? Popular and influential Brazilian singer. Tropicália trailblazer.

The most autumnal thing about it: The fanciful guitar figure and Costa's feathery vocals.

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Who? Canadian indie misfit who specializes in off-kilter guitar-pop.

The most autumnal thing about it: The languid rhythm section and vocal drawl. Everything about this song is sleepy and wonderful. Not so much jumping into the leaf pile as collapsing into it.

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Who? A French singer, novelist, writer, actress, playwright, and poet with a string of wonderful albums in the mid to late-'60s.

The most autumnal thing about it: The somehow simultaneously lush and playful strings. Also, breathy French vocals are basically a fall breeze anyway.

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Who? The Beach Boys. The. Beach. Boys.

The most autumnal thing about it: Bruce Johnston's lilting lead vocal. Honorable mention to the little wah-wah guitar flourishes.

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Who? Dixieland-era jazz saxophonist and clarinetist.

The most autumnal thing about it: The brushed drums and loosey-goosey sax performance.

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Who? Relatively obscure '60s baroque-pop singer.

The most autumnal thing about it: The cooing, reverb'd vocals and tumbling, loose drum fills.

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Who? Composer, singer-songwriter, and record producer. Founding member of the Velvet Underground. Plays basically every instrument imaginable. Welsh. Genius.

The most autumnal thing about it: The layered acoustic guitars and the shaker. Always the shaker.

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Who? '70s folkie associated with the Greenwich Village scene.

The most autumnal thing about it: Literally everything about it: the syncopated drums, the piano flutters, the bass counterpoints, Dalton's cracking vocal. The wind is rustling and it is BRISK. It is fall.

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Who? Disbanded sorta-psychedelic, sorta-doo-wop-y band from San Francisco.

The most autumnal thing about it: Strummy acoustic guitars everywhere; tambourine accents; the tender vocal.

Here's a Spotify playlist of all the tracks:

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