For a short while, I was seeing this girl who was really into astrology – like excruciatingly into astrology. Just so you know where I stand, I am a firm believer that all we can claim to be are self-contained chemical systems driving a meat-coated skeleton made from stardust. As you can imagine, this was not an easy time for me. Nevertheless, I gave the thorough understanding of moon signs, rising signs, houses, and planetary transits an honest try. Hell, as one of the oldest pseudosciences still practiced today, maybe there was some kind of real-life merit? It was a hard thought to swallow, but I wanted to try. So I shut up and listened. I listened to what traits and flaws of mine I was supposed to have, drawing any connections I could. I paid attention to which certain people I could get along with and those with whom I’d butt heads. I heeded careful warnings about a retrograde Saturn and made sure to watch out for rolling my ankles (apparently that’s supposed to happen to me a lot). Naturally, this was a lot to take in, and, for many reasons, this was not going to work out (and it didn’t).
It did, however, become somewhat of a guilty pleasure. I even managed to gain some appreciation for astrology, loving it despite its blatantly empirical flaws. And it also gave me the idea for this mixtape: a song for every Astrological sign. Each song, in one way or another, corresponds to a specific sign: a sort-of musical horoscope, if you will. Be it through its lyrical content, the feelings it invokes, or even just the nondescript vibe it gives off, I systematically paired songs with a sign’s traits, likes, dislikes, etc. Granted, at times the relationships are a stretch, but when they work, they work. The I-love-you-I-love-you-not motif of Haim’s “My Song 5” perfectly fits a Gemini’s dichotomous, flighty nature. The repeatedly defiant chorus of Volcano Choir’s “Acetate” captures the steadfast, sometimes stubborn attitudes Taurus’s are notorious for. And only an Aquarian’s embrace of the weird and offbeat will make the delicate intricacies of Yung Lean’s “Gatorade” radiate.
The end result of this bizarre experiment is something I’m quite happy with. This playlist compiles a wide range of songs that really have no purpose being in one queue together, yet it feels somewhat natural. There’s order to be found amongst all this disorder, and in that concept I finally see why the embrace of astrology is so prevalent. Creating order from disorder is our natural instinct, and any methods one can take to reach that rationalization, even putting upmost faith in astral movement patterns, is but another part of the human experience.
PARTYNEXTDOOR – Wild Bitches (Aries)
Volcano Choir – Acetate (Taurus)
Haim – My Song 5 (Gemini)
Lana Del Ray – Summertime Sadness (Cancer)
Best Coast – Something in the Way (Leo)
Speedy Ortiz – No Below (Virgo)
Sufjan Stevens – Futile Devices (Libra)
Kanye West – Street Lights (Scorpio)
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Only in My Dreams (Sagittarius)
Kishi Bashi – Manchester (Capricorn)
Yung Lean – Gatorade (Aquarius)
Mac DeMarco – Still Together (Pisces)
Bound Playlist 2: Zodiac