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With fall vibes in full swing at the University of Maine, colder weather is approaching and crunchy leaves are littering the ground. As classes continue in-person, students can be seen walking around campus with their headphones in as they make their way to their classrooms or back to their dorms. There is no doubt this chilly season makes you want to listen to comforting music that feels at-home. Here at The Maine Campus, we have collected our favorite albums we’re listening to this fall, both old and new.

“O My Heart” by Mother Mother (2008)

“This album is one of Mother Mother’s most iconic albums, even going viral on TikTok last year,” Rebekah Sands said, The Maine Campus’ editor in chief. “From 2008, this album represents the band’s indie rock blend creating a dusty early 2000s style, perfect for fall. It’s got some twang, perfect for flannel season, and some punky elements, fitting for the onset of a darker season.”

“Faces” by Mac Miller (2014)

“My favorite album this fall has to be ‘Faces’ by Mac Miller because it tackles topics on depression and drug abuse that I think resonate a lot with our generation, while also just being truly beautiful music,” David Jakacky said, The Maine Campus’ head photo editor.

“Smoke + Mirrors” by Imagine Dragons (2015)

“It reminds me of the fall when I first started driving and going hiking!” Delaney Burns said, The Maine Campus’ production manager.

“Dangerous: The Double Album” by Morgan Wallen (2021)

“This album offers chill vibes, relatable lyrics and provides a feeling of summer even with the leaves changing,” Bhavana Scalia-Bruce said, The Maine Campus’ business manager. “A nice walk listening to Wallen is the best way I keep myself grounded during the semester! Wallen has been producing live sessions of the ‘Dangerous’ album sporadically throughout the fall which makes it easy to relive each song.”

“evermore (deluxe version)” by Taylor Swift (2020)

“I like her recent shift to more of a folk style of storytelling in the album,” Olivia Johnson said, The Maine Campus’ head copy editor. “It’s a genre I hadn’t listened to much before but it’s made me want to listen to other folk artists.”

“I Need to Start a Garden” by Haley Heynderickx (2018)

“I’m a huge fan of the indie-folk scene, and Heynderickx’s album exemplifies that sort of meditative energy I associate with this season,” Maddy Gernhard said, The Maine Campus’ news editor. “Fall, to me, is about long hikes through foliage and enjoying the last of warm weather before the winter hits, and there is no better soundtrack for that than ‘I Need to Start a Garden.’”

“Carrie & Lowell” by Sufjan Stevens (2015)

“He’s a beautiful songwriter and lyricist, and I find his melancholy yet spiritual music very comforting,” Emma Vannorsdall said, The Maine Campus’ opinion editor.

“The Battle at Garden’s Gate” by Greta Van Fleet (2021)

“To me, fall is about comfort and feeling cozy and warm at home while also enjoying the peaceful feeling that nature has to offer with colors and crisp air,” Meaghan Bellavance said, The Maine Campus’ culture editor. “This album embodies the comfortness fall brings and provides melodies that are meditative and healing for the soul, which we could all use after this draining pandemic.”

“2014 Forest Hills Drive” by J. Cole (2014)

“This is probably my favorite rap album of all time,” Patrick Silvia said, The Maine Campus’ sports editor. “I find myself going back at least once a year and listening to it a few times. I like the combination of storytelling and lyrical work by J. Cole. It feels deeper than most rap albums you hear these days, but it’s still modern.”

“The Sweet Escape” by Gwen Stefani (2006)

“I’ve been listening to ‘The Sweet Escape’ by Gwen Stefani,” Logan Swift said, The Maine Campus’ marketing director. “It’s just such a good throwback album that makes me excited for the new season!”