Editor’s Choice: Perfect Start to A Perfect Year

School’s back in session and it’s time to hit the books. When it comes to studying, the perfect playlist can make a bore bearable. Here are some artists to add to your tunes to increase productivity and decrease procrastination.


This 19-year-old New Zealand native hit the airwaves three years ago with her hit “Royals”.

Since the success of her album “Pure Heroine,” Lorde has remained under the radar musically but has been dazzling the red carpet and gracing the covers of magazine after magazine.

While the singer-songwriter hasn’t announced a new album, Lorde’s older music is a must on a studying playlist.

Lorde’s music features plenty of unique qualities to pique your energy and keep you going.

To start: “Buzzcut Season,” “A World Alone,” “Ribs”

Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean has been taunting fans with false promises of a new album since “channel ORANGE” was released in 2012. Four years later, and his latest album, “Blonde,” has been just as great as hoped.

Ocean’s serene voice perfectly aligns with piano and electric guitar to give his music a dreamy quality.

However, “Blonde” isn’t about to put you to sleep: Ocean’s energy gives the album just enough umph to get you through grueling homework.

And with a positive review from Adele, how can you go wrong?

You can read a full review of “Blonde” in Abigail Gilbert’s article in the September 1st issue.

To start: “Ivy,” “Solo,” “Godspeed”


You won’t find any of Lo-Fang’s songs on a party playlist, but for studying, his slow, melodic music is ideal.

Lo-Fang’s voice almost melts into the strings and pianos heavy in his music. This gives an instrumental quality to this vocalist’s music.

Despite the similarities in his music, Lo-Fang’s songs are each unique. While he mostly doesn’t stray from low tones, his music can be put on as background noise without being a distraction.

To start: “When We’re Fire (Cello),” “Permutations,” “#88”


One of my all-time favorite bands, the New York band Lucius’s music isn’t rowdy enough for a riot but has enough energy to spice up your study space.

Their first album, “Wildewoman,” establishes the indie heart to their music. The lead singers’ complimenting voices fit perfectly into the brassy drums and acoustic guitars that are featured in all their songs.

“Good Grief,” Lucius’s second album, doesn’t stray from their central personality. But with their latest release, Lucius adds synthesizers and an upbeat attitude for a sound similar to that popular in the 80s.

Whichever style you prefer, Lucius’ music is one you should definitely add to this semester’s perfect playlist.

To start: “Two of Us on the Run,” “Until We Get There,” “Dusty Trails”

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