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In one of her novels, author Anne Lamott calls the month of November “stately and ponderous,” and it strikes me as one of the truest descriptions I’ve ever heard. November is stately and ponderous. The trees are lank and exposed, wet leaves cling to your shoes, and the whimsy of brisk blue skies has largely given way to the gravitas of chilly gray days.

I love November—and, to be honest, the occasion to sink into a good melancholic funk. Featuring the wistful vocals of Nick Drake, Agnes Obel, Sufjan Stevens, Regina Spektor, and more, this playlist will accompany you through your mid-autumn introspection. Enjoy.