Fall Into This Bi Playlist

10/19/2018

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The leaves are turning and so are the records. So here’s your playlist of bi tunes for Fall! Heat up some cider, get in a comfy sweater and turn the music UP.

Curious – Hayley Kiyoko

Hayley Kiyoko launched 2018 with the subtle, frontal bop “Curious.” Kiyoko later spoke out in support of more non-performative bi representation. Her song to a bi lover gets you out of your chair and into reminiscing about cool, windy evenings on the pier.

If you let him touch ya, touch ya, touch ya, touch ya, touch ya, touch ya (yeah)
The way I used to, used to, used to, used to, used to, used to (yeah)
Did you take him to the pier in Santa Monica?
Forget to bring a jacket, wrap up in him cause you wanted to?
I’m just curious, is it serious?

Preach – Keiynan Lonsdale

Keiynan Lonsdale certainly practices the naked vulnerability preached on the delightful “Preach.” Lonsdale’s video will have you dancing along.

And I can see us, I can see trust
I can see love without fear

Strangers – Halsey ft. Lauren Jauregui

The internet kicked up a fuss earlier this year when Halsey released the video for “Strangers.” Joined by bi artist Lauren Jauregui in both the song and video, Halsey spars with her ex and ends up with a new love. The internet tried to say that the video wasn’t queer because Halsey ends up with a man—but we know relationships don’t have sexualities, people do. The video, the artist, and the song are hella queer (and all so good).

She doesn’t kiss me on the mouth anymore
‘Cause it’s more intimate, than she thinks we should get
She doesn’t look me in the eyes anymore
Too scared of what she’ll see, somebody holding me

Know Yourself (Outro) – Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett’s “Be Yourself” landed in time for our Songs of the Summer playlist. “Know Yourself,” a meditation on life in America as a queer Black Christian man, closes the gorgeous album.

I used to think something was wrong with me, that’s awful, isn’t it
Not in America, my grandma told me, “you’re a Christian”
I know God loves me, but does my pastor know the fucking difference

Favorite Colors – Taylor Bennett Featuring Kyle & Luke Tennyson

Let “Favorite Colors,” off of Taylor Bennett’s 2017 album “Restoration Of An American Idol,” bring a little sunshine and motivation into your Fall.

But I always felt awesome
I always knew nothing could stop me
Even when dinner was ramen, ramen, or ramen
I always knew nothing could top me
I’m good

Girls/Girls/Boys – Panic! At the Disco

Ok so this came out five years ago so it’s not exactly a new jam, but! Panic! At the Disco’s frontperson Brendon Urie came out as pansexual in early 2018, giving new layers to old tunes. Go on and take Girls/Girls/Boys out for another spin.

And never did I think that I
Would be caught in the way you got me
But girls love girls and boys
And love is not a choice

Just Call – Prince Fox ft. Bella Thorne

Bi artist Bella Thorne was featured on this track with Prince Fox in 2017, but I’m late to the party so it’s on the playlist for Fall 2018. The deeply relatable lyrics have Thorne and Fox pleading towards an inattentive love, all with a beat to float away on.

Call if you don’t
Call If you love me
Call if you won’t
Call me an asshole
Call me a fool

Just call
Just call

Got That Thing – Lucy & La Mer

Lucy & La Mer released another bi bop to fall in love with. “Got That Thing” is a relatable, poppy ode to dating online while bi (which bi folks told me all about earlier this year.) Grab your bff and swipe right on this lovely tune. And while you’re at it, read my interview with Lucy & La Mer frontperson Lucy LaForge, here on bi.org.

What I see is what I get
What they want is what I got

Don’t Judge Me – Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe’s 2018 album “Dirty Computer” is a queer masterpiece. Fall into “Don’t Judge Me” like she falls into her lover, and let the rumors be true.

But don’t judge me
I know I got issues but they drown when I kiss you
Don’t judge me
Baptize me with ocean, recognize my devotion

The water’s perfectly blue
Let’s reintroduce ourselves, from a free point of view
If I’m gon’ sin, it’s with you
Tattoo your love on my heart, let the rumors be true

Rainbow – Kesha

Kesha gives us something to believe in with her title track from her late 2017 album “Rainbow.”

And I know that I’m still fucked up
But aren’t we all, my love?
Darling, our scars make us who we are, are
So when the winds are howling strong
And you think you can’t go on, hold tight, sweetheart

Wherever you are, I’m so glad you’re here. Now let’s DANCE.

SB Swartz
SB Swartz is an author covering inclusive wellness, queer family, and reflections of our world as seen on tv. As a contributing writer for bi.org, SB created the Step Bi Step series for bi parents and originated the This Bi Life series showcasing bi community stories.

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