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My15: The Beths Share the Playlist of Songs That Have Been on Repeat Since 2007

Featuring the likes of Girlpool, Steely Dan, Toro y Moi, and more

The Beths My15 Playlist
The Beths, photo by Frances Carter

    It’s Consequences 15th anniversary, and all September long we’ll be sharing artist-curated playlists that reflect the evolution of their music taste throughout the last 15 years. For today’s My15 playlist, The Beth’s Elizabeth Stokes puts forth a mix of upbeat indie, golden oldies, and melodic hip-hop.


    Elizabeth Stokes might have still been in a classroom 15 years ago, but she was already in the midst of establishing her taste in music — the same taste that would go on to inform her work with The Beths.

    “Up ‘til then, my diet was a mix of indie, emo and folk, as well as a healthy dose of ‘easy listening’ radio (thanks mum),” Stokes tells Consequence.

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    Such a foundation can be heard in the energized indie rock tunes of The Beths. The New Zealand quartet consistently puts forward earworm melodies, airtight hooks, and clever, heart-on-the-sleeve lyrics. Yet, as her curated playlist exhibits, keen ears can find more than the rock-centric mindset of Stokes’ high school days in her songs.

    Featuring jazz cuts, golden oldies, and hip-hop tracks next to indie touchstones, Stokes’ picks showcase an omnivorous pallet. “When I was studying at university, I listened to a lot of jazz,” she says of John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman’s “Lush Life.” “[It] might be one of my favourite songs, it’s such a masterpiece lyrically, melodically, harmonically.”

    Other picks, like Steely Dan’s “Peg” or Toro y Moi’s “Ordinary Pleasure,” showcase Stoke’s pension for infectious, upbeat jams. It’s 15 songs summing up 15 years of Stokes’ musical journey, from the earliest of influences to recent favorites.

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    Listen through The Beths’ Elizabeth Stokes’ complete My15 playlist below.

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