Think October is the best month of the year? You're not alone.
As you breathe in the smell of the falling leaves and wrap your hands around a cup of apple cider wearing your favorite flannel, take heart knowing there's a camp of Iowa based musicians who have written and recorded you the perfect soundtrack.
Here's a playlist of some of our favorites, with some notes about a handful of the tracks we included.
The Envy Corps had been on a hiatus since their show at Hinterland 2015, until they released two new tracks this spring, including "Sour Patch." The song features a mellotron and a linnstrument, which contributes to the track's nightmarish vibe.
"Time Beach Universe" is a new album out recently from Grinnell based lounge pop band Pink Neighbor. The track "Ursula's Fingers," which is on that new record, is an instrumental track with a creepy tone atypical for the group.
The track "Sweet Tooth" is a new single out this fall from the Des Moines hip-hop group LAV.ISH. It's a great dance party track with big beats and a catchy hook.
"Bat Chain Puller" by William Elliot Whitmore is a cover of a Captain Beefheart track. It seems fitting to point this out during a season notorious for the weird and the eerie. Captain Beefheart was a part of Frank Zappa's band for a stint and put out some of the weirdest music of all time. If that's your thing, google Captain Beefheart and dig in.
"Ghost" by Lily DeTaeye is a new song that she wrote last year on Halloween, according to a story she told at her record release party at xBk, a new music venue near Drake University. The song is on the new record "BiTe Back" that was released just last week.
Did we make a glaring omission? We want to know what tracks you'd add to this list too. Tweet us @IowaPublicRadio using the hashtag #IPRMusic.