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My name is Devan Coggan. I am 20 years old, and I am a journalism major at Northwestern University. I am originally from St. Louis.
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  1. What Life Sounds Like #17 - “Perfect (In My Mind)” by Gold Motel

    It’s been entirely too long since I did a WLSL post, and with Tumblr’s brand new Spotify capabilities, there’s little excuse. I’ve recently been rocking my favorite warm-weather song, this infectiously poppy single by Gold Motel. Frontwoman Greta Morgan first got my attention years ago when she played piano in the underrated Fueled By Ramen band The Hush Sound. As anyone who reads my blog knows, I’m a sucker for good piano rock, and The Hush Sound consequently became one of my favorite bands. They broke up a few years back, with each band member moving on to separate projects, and Greta formed the indie-pop Gold Motel. I’ve been hooked since.

    A classically trained pianist, Greta has matured considerably since the early days of The Hush Sound, particularly in her vocals. With Gold Motel, her voice is softer and fuller, and as she sings about being young and in love, it makes you want to throw on some sunglasses and drive anywhere with the windows down. ”Perfect (In My Mind)” works so well because it’s a carefree song about youth and freedom. There’s no theme that works better for weather like this, and to me, it’s not spring until I can whip out the Gold Motel.

    (Source: Spotify)