Valentine’s Day. Love is in the air for the couples of the world and likewise sadness and self-loathing is there for the single people. Regardless of what you’ll be doing or who you will be with this Valentine’s Day, it is only fitting to put on some lovey dove music for you and your significant other to cuddle to or for those single people out there to cry themselves to sleep. Below are some of the most “aw” worthy songs that everyone should be listening to whether Cupid strikes or not this February 14th.
1. “I Don’t Mind” – Defeater
Now Defeater isn’t the first band one might think of when they think of romantic songs but among the pleasing acoustic tracks on Defeater’s Dear Father EP as well as on the tail end of last year’s Empty Days And Sleepless Nights is “I Don’t Mind,” a song about a man reflecting on his relationship with a lovely young woman and how he would “very much like to get married, maybe have kids and move away.” Apparently the girl thinks that she is not ready for such a commitment, but that’s okay with the guy because he loves her enough to be able to wait. A relatively cute acoustic track from an otherwise dark band, this track is handcrafted for those couples who have been in a relationship for a very long time.
2. “Surefire” – Brightwood
Brightwood, a band I always describe as the child of Copeland and Lydia raised by Anberlin and The Dangerous Summer, is one band that knows how to write a fantastic love song. “Surefire” is the basic song about a man giving all he has for a woman no matter what. If you’re as passionate about your guy or girl as Andrew Brittel’s pleas of “When I’m with you I lose control/When I’m with you I am irrational” boast, or if you want to seem like you care that much, reach for this track to play while cuddling with your sweetheart.
3. “Substitute” – Frank Turner
Now I haven’t forgotten about all you single kids out there! Me being single myself (…ladies?) I need a song for my lonely February 14th as well. So who do I reach for? Frank Turner’s “Substitute” is perfect for such an occasion. A song all about failed relationships and how for the time being music will have to be the “substitute” for love. Delivering lyrical gems like “Oh what I would give/Not to stumble but to really fall in love/And I could substitute my singing for the sound of someone sleeping next to me,” this song speaks to any single person out there who reaches out to music when he or she is feeling lonely. Sympathize with Turner and throw on the entirety of Love Ire & Song and maybe you won’t feel so alone this Valentine’s Day.