Welcome back to ‘In My Ears’, it’s not about earworms, wax and whatever else you may find in your ears (I don’t know your life), but about 5 tracks that I’ve loved throughout the month. Catch April’s edition here, and keep on reading for the 5 songs I’ve fawned over this month.
Bastille – Joy
The second single from Bastille’s upcoming third LP Doom Days has dropped, and it’s a trippy and ethereal journey through the fear you have when you wake up absolutely hanging. Relatable and anxiety-inducing? Yes. Everyone has woken up somewhere that clearly isn’t your bed…or a bed at all. And you realise you’re in last night’s clothes, or some of them, on the floor somewhere. Well and truly grim. How the fuck did you end up there and where is everyone else? What did you do, who did you drunk text and Jesus Christ what’s on your Instagram story?!
‘Joy’ is a real journey, from banging pop track, to somber and pulsing lyrics and a dash of some KILLER background vocals. It’s a good sign of what’s to come.
Sophie and the Giants – Space Girl
After seeing Sophie and the Giants at Liverpool Sound City this year, I’ve developed a little bit of an obsession. I keep describing them as a band that could exist if Dua Lipa chose to lend her sultry and husky vocals to an indie band. They’re totally banging, and ‘Space Girl’ is my song of choice, and not just because it sounds like you’re saying Spice Girl in a Scottish accent.
They’re reinventing indie pop with powerful vocals, hints of creeping synth, catchy lyrics and a big helping of shimmery guitars and drums.
Mark Ronson + YEBBA – Don’t Leave Me Lonely
So far, every track from Mark Ronson’s upcoming album Late Night Feelings has been totally incredible. From the pop smash ‘Nothing Breaks Like a Heart’ with Miley Cyrus to the slower, but just as alluring, ‘Late Night Feelings’ with Lykke Li, they’re all remarkable. ‘Don’t Leave Me Lonely’ is no exception. The use of strings is beautiful, YEBBA’s powerful vocals dominate the track completely and Mark know’s how to compliment them, whilst leaving YEBBA centre stage.
It’s got the flare of a ’00s RnB track, which is a vibe we really need to get back on. Fucking fantastic from start to finish.
Lana Del Rey – Doin’ Time
I’ll admit I eat up pretty much anything Lana Del Rey does. To me, she’s one of the best vocalists of our generation. She’s a brash and bold lyricist who knows exactly what she’s doing when it comes to crafting the perfect, smooth and dark tracks. It’s no surprise I’m head over heels for her cover of Sublime’s ‘Doin’ Time’, produced for a documentary about the band coming soon. Everything Lana does reeks of a Californian summer, it’s a beautifully serene and cooling track that she’s managed to put her own, trademark sound to. Totally addictive.
It’s great she didn’t ‘no homo’ the track either, you go Lana.
Halsey – Nightmare
‘Nightmare’ is beyond over the top, but that’s what makes it just so good. Halsey takes us on an angry tirade for 4 minutes about how people are just fucking awful, how mental health fucking sucks, how being a woman in 2019 is difficult and nothing is quite more therapeutic than belting out those feelings in an emo-pop banger. She’s infusing raging, rawness into a track that blossoms in Lana-esque breakdowns, before blowing up into a massive rock track for the chorus. It’s a combo that wouldn’t feel natural for most, but Halsey has it locked down.
How many people do you reckon have put ‘I’m no sweet dream, but I’m a hell of a night’ in their Tinder profiles already?
Find these 5 tracks in the ‘In My Ears’ playlist, as well as all previous ‘In My Ears’ tracks, below on Spotify.