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editors' note

welcome again, dear reader, to hyped on melancholy. this volume of essays doubles down on our initial endeavor to think through the wilding affective life of the pop song. here you’ll find stories of desire, regret, mourning, wonder, and all their messy entanglements, spun through smart and strange accounts of the very songs that provoke them. we remain awed by the brilliance and generosity of our contributors and readers. 

below, you'll find a playlist curated by our contributors, offering context and atmosphere for your reading. 


we hope you enjoy this testament to (still) listening together.



bob + sarah

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