By: Staff –
To celebrate the release of Tilsen’s new track “Forever, For Now”, the Toronto-based singer-songwriter curated a brand new “These Songs Don’t Suck” Spotify playlist that you can stream below.
“I wanted to make a playlist, not of my all time favourite songs but the ones that have hit home over the last little while,” said Tilsen. “As we get older, I think we don’t love songs as easily so when we really love something, it’s even more special.”
Born and raised in Toronto, Tilsen’s songs explore real love. Her vocals are intimate as if she is singing her lyrics from between the sheets and into her lover’s ear. Coupled with catchy productions and melodies, vulnerable vocals and bold conversational lyrics – Tilsen tells a love story that is relatable to anyone who has experienced love and heartbreak.
Playful, romantic new track, “Forever, For Now,” was penned at the beginning of a relationship. Despite not knowing where things were headed or how long they would last, Tilsen knew that she was falling. Whatever happened, it was worth it to love them; to let herself fully give into the feeling and experience everything that came with that.
Sasha Alex Sloan – “When Was It Over? (feat. Sam Hunt)”
I discovered Sasha a few years ago and fell in love with her writing. She has inspired me a lot with her ability to capture a feeling and tell a story in a way that hits hard through her lyrics. Her sparse production showcases her songwriting and voice, supporting without distracting. I hadn’t been excited about new music in a while when this song came out and this song gave me chills. “Was it that night you didn’t ask where I had been? Was it that fight we didn’t have when I came in?” killed me as an opening two liner, and the rest of the song measures up the same way.
BRDGS – “Miserable”
I have never heard a song like this one. It’s hilarious without being a “joke song” (a la The Lonely Island). The juxtaposition of the songs peppy, energetic vibe with the spiteful lyrics make it seem like BRDGS is beaming as he sings the words “I hope to God you’re absolutely, positively, 100 percent, just fucking miserable” This pop bop is super relatable and so funny.
Regina Spektor – “Laughing With”
I don’t even know where to begin with this one and do it justice, other than to say, you just have to listen to it. I listened to it recently and it brought me to tears. Look up the lyrics too, if you can’t make out what she’s saying at a certain point.
Cassie Dasilva – “Enough”
I have found it hard to find love songs by females who are singing about being happy in their relationship. I loved this one.
Donovan Woods – “I Ain’t Ever Loved No One”
I was just recently shown this song. The lyric “When I said I loved you, I didn’t care if you said it back, I ain’t ever loved no one like that” hit like a truck. Need I say more? Related to this one hard.
Kacey Musgraves – “Rainbow”
This is the song I play every morning for the kids I nanny part-time, and for myself to get my day started the right way. The song is beautiful, and so comforting in a way that’s so hard to achieve without seeming too sappy.
Dagny – “Coulda Woulda Shoulda”
I absolutely love Dagny’s album Strangers / Lovers. I had it on repeat from the day it came out and I still love listening to it. Relatable bops from start to finish, Dagny seems like someone I would like to be friends with. The song Coulda Woulda Shoulda is my favourite. It’s so fun and makes you want to get out of your own head and allow yourself to enjoy the good parts in life while they’re happening.
Loote, Picture This – “Heart’s Not In It”
The production on this song feels so lush while not overpowering the vocals. The lyrics are so honest, capturing the pain of knowing that your partner isn’t in the relationship the way they used to be and you know you’re probably moving towards the end. Having been there, the song really hit home. It’s superb songwriting in my opinion.
Justin Bieber, The Kid LAROI – “STAY”
This song has been my favourite song to run to since it came out. I put it on repeat and I don’t get sick of it. I can’t help but love it.
SHY Martin – “Same Old”
This is the kind of writing that I love. It makes you dance, is catchy as heck, and yet so relatable and heart wrenching. People have so much more empathy for the person who was broken up with at the end of a relationship when in my opinion, it can be equally hard, if not harder for the person who ended things. We end a relationship because of problems within it, and often we love the person but are unhappy. You’re left with all the pain, along with knowing that you chose this. When someone breaks up with you, you don’t have to make any big decisions and there’s a hard but natural healing process. To me, this song shows how hard it can be to be mature and strong after breaking up with someone.
Eric Clapton – “Wonderful Tonight”
I had to learn this song for a performance recently and it just makes me so happy every time I sing it. It’s a beautiful love song and I love the simplicity of the story telling. It’s about a couple going to a party one night and through the writing you can feel just how much Eric (or whomever’s perspective he wrote the song from) loves his partner.