Hello from soggy California! El Niño is in full effect here on the North American West Coast, bringing with it the typical mischief, from freeway closures, to disappointing hair days. When the California rain starts up, I don’t know which floods faster: our inadequate infrastructure, or my Facebook news feed. Here are three tracks that represent the journey all Californians experience during our rainy season.
1. “California Rain” – Goldroom feat. Nikki Segal
This song is uncannily on point with the mood of how any rainstorm starts in California. The chilled-out, romanticized laziness reflects our foggy fascination with seeing water run vertically, as opposed to the typical horizontal nature of our coastlines (isn’t gravity crazy?). We instantly empathize with the rest of the weather-having world beyond the Mojave and dig up our blankets and rubber shoes from the back of a Volkswagen Van.
2. “Daily Winter” – Trashlagoon
Oh my god, is that a rain sample at the beginning of this track? Am I being that literal? Whatever, at least I can probably take credit for introducing you to Trashlagoon – the Berlin duo with one of my favorite DJ names out there right now. This un-trashy track is befitting the malaise we feel after the first few days of rain and gray skies, when the weather starts to feel less like a Goldroom music video, and more like a minimal electronic track that makes you feel simultaneously relaxed and restless.
3. “Earthquake Weather” – ARMS (Dave Harrington V. Sergio Remix)
This dreamy remix by ever-impressive Dave Harrington and Sergio (of Darkside and Benoit & Sergio, respectively) is so good you probably won’t research the original track. As a unique breed of Americans, we on the West Coast regularly brace ourselves for foundation-rocking, bone-rattlin’ natural phenomena; and, trite as it may be, we eventually stop waiting for El Niño to pass and instead, learn to groove in the rain.
But seriously, guys … my hair.