September 24, 2022

It’s Consequence‘s fifteenth anniversary, and all September lengthy we’ll be sharing artist-curated playlists that mirror the evolution of their music style all through the final 15 years. For in the present day’s My15 playlist, The Beth’s Elizabeth Stokes places forth a mixture of upbeat indie, golden oldies, and melodic hip-hop.

Elizabeth Stokes may need nonetheless been in a classroom 15 years in the past, however she was already within the midst of building her style in music — the identical style that may go on to tell her work with The Beths.

“Up ‘til then, my weight-reduction plan was a mixture of indie, emo and people, in addition to a wholesome dose of ‘straightforward listening’ radio (thanks mum),” Stokes tells Consequence.

Such a basis could be heard within the energized indie rock tunes of The Beths. The New Zealand quartet persistently places ahead earworm melodies, hermetic hooks, and intelligent, heart-on-the-sleeve lyrics. But, as her curated playlist displays, eager ears can discover greater than the rock-centric mindset of Stokes’ highschool days in her songs.

That includes jazz cuts, golden oldies, and hip-hop tracks subsequent to indie touchstones, Stokes’ picks showcase an omnivorous pallet. “After I was learning at college, I listened to loads of jazz,” she says of John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman’s “Lush Life.” “[It] is perhaps one among my favorite songs, it’s such a masterpiece lyrically, melodically, harmonically.”

Different picks, like Steely Dan’s “Peg” or Toro y Moi’s “Strange Pleasure,” showcase Stoke’s pension for infectious, upbeat jams. It’s 15 songs summing up 15 years of Stokes’ musical journey, from the earliest of influences to current favorites.

Pay attention by means of The Beths’ Elizabeth Stokes’ full My15 playlist beneath.

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