Portland Monthly’s Essential Winter 2022 Playlist

Fire tunes from Portlanders old and new to keep the season warm.

By Conner Reed December 20, 2022 Published in the Winter 2022/2023 issue of Portland Monthly

The darkest season doesn't have to be soundtracked with just rainstorms and sleighbells. Fill a mug with something hot and settle in for some of Portland's finest voices, old and new. (Be sure to follow us on Spotify for more mixes.)

“White Winter Hymnal,” Portland Cello Project

A lush, classy cover of the Fleet Foxes staple

“Seaside Haiku,” Laura Veirs

Album closer “Winter Windows” might be the more appropriate choice, but this melodic rocker from Veirs’s Found Light yearns harder.

“All at Once,” Isabeau Waia’u Walker

Woozy, bass-driven, and an overthinker’s dream

“Curs in the Weeds,” Laura Gibson

A Horse Feathers cover that’s ideal “looking out the window and sighing” music, with hair-raising harmonies to boot

“Jeans,” Bathlete

Off-kilter hip-hop that hits like a brisk wind to the face (in a good way)

“Difficult,” ToX!c feat. Joshua Cliburn

A slab of irresistible pep-pop, best for conjuring summer in February

“The Only Living Goy in New York,” Mo Troper

Like Bob Dylan via Magnetic Fields—wry, wispy, lovely

“Emily,” Haley Johnsen

More big-voiced countryish power ballads in the tradition of Brandi Carlile, thanks

“Bedroom of the Absent Child,” Ernest Hood

Soothing, experimental sounds from a KBOO cofounder