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Crate Digging: Back to School Inspo

Tanvi Rao
This week, Crate Digging features unique back to school songs.

With students getting back into their school routines, life can sometimes feel like an endless race. However, music always finds a way between the heaping piles of schoolwork and hours spent on extracurriculars. It’s the little spark that drives students forward on this race track. So for those needing some inspiration, check out these recommended tunes from the Tribune. 

Tanvi Rao

Artist: Issadora Ava

Genre: Pop, indie

Quiet feelings and understated moments of romance fill the space of singer-songwriter Issadora Ava’s tracks. With her soothing tone and dreamy beats, each song of hers feels like observing a private, emotionally-charged moment of her life. Her style blooms in her 2019 track “Lipstick,” with its minimal instrumentals and stripped-back vocals that make the track feel less like music and more like a series of thoughtful musings. Ava sings, “Sunkissed / With the freckles on her thighs / Chapped lips / And I bet she looks so good tonight,” and her attention to the fine details takes listeners through the memory of a pleasant, hazy Sunday afternoon. Her ability to paint vivid pictures of happy moments is also evident in her most recent single, “June.” Released in 2023, this track shows the development of her skills as a songwriter: the beat, more complex than in her past works, evokes the excitement of road trips, beach days, and all things summer. Ava knows exactly how to build the background track into a full and catchy chorus, but she also understands  when to pull back to create a silent moment of anticipation. Issadora Ava’s attention to detail in her lyricism and instrumental choices enable her to create intimate moments of tenderness and longing in the snapshots of her most special memories.

Emily Wong

Artist: Yerin Baek

Genre: Korean R&B

Yerin Baek’s soft, steady vocals provide solace for listeners in her song “Antifreeze.” The song begins with a simple rhythm and carefree electronic beats to accompany her melancholic voice, reflecting the universal feeling of loneliness Baek addresses in her lyrics. As the song progresses, her passion to “fight against despair,” referring to her isolation, builds in her voice. Furthermore, the addition of drums and electric strums in the pre-chorus illustrates her upbeat and hopeful tone towards battling her desolation with love. As she switches between the alto and soprano voices in the chorus, Baek strategically displays her vocal flexibility to illustrate her heartfelt and determined tone. Concluding her story, the drum beats and rhythm slow as Baek questions if “our generation is the last one,” highlighting her desperation to continue looking for love in order to fill the void inside of her. Through “Antifreeze,” Baek creatively incorporates her musical capabilities to convey her message of love withstanding the bleakness of life.

Anaisha Das

Artist: Andrea Chahayed

Genre: Bedroom Pop, Indie

Andrea Chahayed’s music fits perfectly into the bedroom pop soundscape with its lofi instrumentals and soft vocals. Despite her soothing tone, Chahayed separates herself from other dreamy indie singer-songwriters with her authenticity and smoothness. Chahayed’s most standout track, “Tenant,” flows like water with a melodious voice that oozes its way through crisp production. Her lyrics further complement her hazy tone with her lovesickness. Throughout the chorus, she repeats “I can be the tenant to your love,” encapsulating the feelings of yearning that one associates with a crush. Outside of “Tenant,” some of her tracks experiment with electronic music genres, even UK garage. Her angelic nature and vulnerability creates an organic feel to her music, one that warrants her to receive more listeners and one day reach the heights of indie superstars. Until then, her music will continue to be an hidden gem in Spotify playlists. 

Anushka Kabra

Artist: EASHA

Genre: Dream Pop, Indie

Easha Nandyala, professionally known as EASHA, is known for her dream-like pop music created in her world of bittersweet melodies. The dulcet acoustic tones of her guitar paired with her smooth, melodious voice hypontizes her listeners. EASHA’s most prominent track “You Make Me Feel” truly showcases her unique voice. She portrays the vulnerable experience of her first time falling in love through the lyrics of the song, highlighting all her emotions. The song starts off describing small interactions, like “moving close, getting a rush” and “freaking out when you lean in and our hands touch.” These lyrics, combined with EASHA’s light and breathy vocals, convey the shyness and giddyness associated with having a crush. Throughout the chorus, EASHA repeats, “don’t know how to act / don’t know how to be / colors of your love came so suddenly”, expressing her uncertainty in her first relationship. As the song concludes, EASHA expresses her desire to continue being in love through the lyrics, “keep doing what you’re doing / doing what you’re doing / doing what you’re doing to me”. Her storytelling throughout the song explicitly depicts how EASHA’s trust in the relationship has been established. Her ethereal voice and meaningful songwriting sets her apart from mainstream pop artists and will undoubtedly take her to the levels of popular dream pop artists such as girl in red. It’s EASHA’s world of manufactured melancholy, and we’re just living in it. 

Andy Mei

Artist: chilldspot

Genre: Japanese R&B, J-Pop

Formed in Tokyo in December 2019 by a group of then-highschool students, chilldspot brings a carefree, groovy tone to the Japanese music scene. Composed of vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist Hiyune, guitarist Ryouzan, bassist Kozaki, and drummer Justin, the band has been influenced by a wide variety of music genres. All of the members come from different musical backgrounds and take inspiration from the music they expose themselves to, which contributes to the group’s genre-less nature. Their band name exemplifies this free-form ideology perfectly as well, combining the apparently unrelated words “chill,” “child,” “spot,” and “pot” to form “chilldspot.” However, while these words seem random, the word “chill” aptly represents the mood of the band’s music, with the acoustic instrumentals accompanying Hiyune’s soft vocals. This can be seen quite clearly in chilldspot’s most popular song, “Neon wo Keshite,” which features a slower, jazzy rhythm and a subdued instrumental track. Even though the band has only been around for a few years, they have already released a total of 36 songs over three albums and numerous singles, all at a professional level of quality. Chilldspot has also attracted the attention of Spotify and YouTube Music, establishing themselves as notable next-generation artists rising up the ranks of the music industry.

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Tanvi Rao, Arts and Entertainment Editor
Tanvi joined the Wildcat Tribune to develop her writing skills and step out of her comfort zone, and she stayed for the amazing community. She has been on the Tribune for four years, and this is her second year as the Arts & Entertainment editor. Her goal for journalism is to try out new kinds of stories, especially multimedia! One fun fact about Tanvi is that she's an expert at making smoothies. If she could be anyone else on the Tribune she would be Suhani, because of her excellent style and dedication to Trader Joe's.
Emily Wong, Arts and Entertainment Editor
Emily joined the Tribune to express her voice on important issues and stayed for the journalism community who made the experience even more enjoyable. She was previously in the Journey program in middle school. In her free time, you might catch Emily secretly watching her K-dramas, scrapbooking, or watching travel vlogs. This year, her goal is to produce more high-quality articles she can be proud of. If she could be any other person on the Tribune, she would be Abby for her kind heart and admirable work ethic.
Anaisha Das, Web Editor-in-Chief
Anaisha joined the Tribune to be more involved in her community and become a better writer. She stayed for the snack cabinet and the friends she made. This is her fourth year in journalism and second year as the web editor-in-chief. In her free time, Anaisha enjoys binge-watching wholesome sitcoms and listening to different sub-genres of pop music. Her goals for this year are to start a column and podcast. If she could be any other person on the Tribune, she would be either Mayukhi or Annie: Mayukhi for her endless charisma as a leader and Annie for her talent in art.
Anushka Kabra, Journey Manager
Anushka joined the Tribune to write about topics relevant to the student community and to hopefully make an impact within it. Also for the legendary snack cabinet, of course. She was in the Journey program for 2 years in middle school, and absolutely loved having a platform to voice her thoughts and opinions. After taking J1 in her freshman year, she realized that she wanted to be a part of the Tribune community throughout high school. In her free time, Anushka enjoys listening to indie pop and 80's rock, binge-watching Suits or Grey's Anatomy, and failing at baking (the edibleness of everything she bakes is very questionable). If Anushka could be any other person on the Tribune, she would be Sura because of her insane crochet skills and creativity!
Andy Mei, Arts and Entertainment Editor
Andy joined the Wildcat Tribune in order to get more involved with student life on campus and help inform other students on a variety of topics. He was in Journalism 1 last year. Andy enjoys listening to music while riding his bike or hiking, snacking on chips and fruits while watching documentaries and video essays, and reading fantasy novels late into the night. His goal in journalism this year is to be able to diversify the topics he writes about more and write an article in every section. If Andy could be anyone on the Tribune, he would want to be Mr. Bathke, since he would be able to manage and watch over the paper without directly getting involved in the writing process.

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