On Tuesday night, when Doug Jones won in Alabama, there was finally a moment of hope that maybe there could be a way out of this political crisis. That is, of course, something of an oversimplification, given how marginalized folks continue to be affected by bad policies everywhere and broader racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia. Yet waking up is part of battle and many more people are coming out to show that they deserve to be respected and honored for their lives.
This playlist isn't so much a political statement (though the opening track by Austra is about a paradigm shift in our ways of thinking) as it is a reflection of what it means to live and be political when your body itself is the site of that politics. This means that there are moments good and bad, from Jorja Smith's evocative cover of the Frank Ocean classic "Lost," to the defiant "What I Do" from Zeina, to the last three songs of the playlist where the horrors of the world get stripped away for the creation of fulfilling community. Whatever comes next, these are some of the songs that seem to critique our politics while offering comfort at the same time.