Spring has officially sprung here in Dallas … or has it? Some of the colder days are more reminiscent of wintertime, and then other days are warm enough to be lounging by the pool. We can’t be the only ones craving a little consistent, mellow weather.

That’s why we’ve curated a compilation of warm yet funky songs, featuring artists from Lorde to Labrinth. So, sit back, relax, and settle into spring with Spotify Playlist Vol. 53: A Spring of Mauve.

Tyler, what is the name of your album?

The name of this album is A Spring of Mauve. Spring has arrived for us here in Texas. The change has been quite leisurely this time around, and it’s given me a moment to pause and observe the colors around me.

How would you describe this mix?

The mix is quite soft this time. I wanted to build a sort of mauvy mood, full of music blooming in pink and orange, with soft petals and long shadows. I layered spoken word, harmonic voice, light funk, and minor long notes to draw you down the list. It’s somber but poppy.

What was the inspiration behind it?

As it’s mentioned in the name, the inspiration behind the playlist has been the many colors I’ve observed around me as spring comes back to life. The beautiful, soft-green leaves of the Japanese maple have begun to bloom; rendering maroon tips on every leaf, growing taller and denser as the days grow warmer. Each year that it comes back is another year worth living just to see it grow.

What is your favorite song, and why?

There are plenty here I really enjoy listening to, but “Trust Exercises” is weighing on me at the moment. It’s just poetic and real, full of tiny musical details in the background, harmony, and a great message. “Open up, you know you’re family. This is a trust exercise, you can fall back on me.”

If your playlist was a brand, what would it be and why?

I have to be a bit odd here, and say that if this playlist were a brand, it’d resemble the sake brewery Ohmine Shuzo. Sake inherits many traits from where it was brewed and is closely tied to the balance of nature. Ohmine produces some excellent expressions packaged minimally and beautifully as well.

Any specific memory that comes to mind when you listen?

I wish this was an easy answer, but I’m thankful it isn’t. Many moments come to mind that I’ve shared with friends or family. The fun we’ve had visiting cold beaches, warming up with a fire, or cooling off at the pool under a smoking sun. It’s been really nice to revisit these memories, and I hope at least a few of these songs bring to mind something wholesome for you as well.

What makes your playlist unique?

What makes this playlist unique would have to be the memories each song brings to mind. I obviously didn’t create anything here, but the music means something to me, and I hope you can enjoy listening to it as well!

Tyler Fonville is a Senior Designer at Spire, named the 2023 Agency of the Year by the D/FW chapter of the American Marketing Association.