Track of the Day: 'Tourniquet' by Hem

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

As someone who’s lived in four Brooklyn neighborhoods, I’m getting a bit maudlin over this first pick from reader Doug:

“Tourniquet” by Hem and “I and Love and You” by The Avett Brothers evoke a very specific time and place for me during the six months I spent living in Brooklyn interning in the winter and spring of 2013. Both of these songs were released around then, and they served different purposes for me: “Tourniquet” was a song that put names to all of the neighborhoods surrounding me that I was coming to know. “I and Love and You” felt dead on to me, because that was very much what I was looking for at the time: a city to take me in.

If you have any nostalgia bound up in a song based on a specific place, please drop us a note and we’ll post.

(Track of the Day archive here. Pre-Notes archive here.)