The last few months in music

Hello!

The last few months have been bloody good for me in music terms. Let’s go through some of the music that I’ve been loving.

Banks – The Altar

Banks’ ethereal voice coupled with stellar lyrics and brilliant beats makes for an incredible album.

My top tracks include:

Gemini Feed

Fuck with Myself

 

Christine and the Queens – Chaleur Humaine

Okay, this was released forever ago in France, but Christine has become massive in the UK recently. She’s actually performing in Manchester the evening I write this but I was unable to find any tickets as everybody wants to go! Next time Christine, next time.

Lyrically, she’s a bloody genius. Add that to her rich voice coming at us in two languages, I’m here for it.

My top tracks include:

Tilted

iT

Lady Gaga – Joanne

I posted a full review of this album not too long ago, here’s a link if you are so inclined.

In summary, this music is new for Gaga, but harkens back to the Gaga we know and love pre-Artpop. Once again we’re hit with some pop hits, however there’s a lot more country, and that’s not a bad thing.

My top tracks include:

John Wayne

Hey Girl

Kate Tempest – Let Them Eat Chaos

Kate Tempest is a poet, and her music shows it. She raps some amazingly profound lyrics, however it feels almost an understatement to call these lyrics. Kate speaks stories, specifically the tales of a few Londoners all awake at 4:18am. It’s fascinating, and an album which creates a cohesive story.

My top tracks include:

Europe is Lost

Ketamine for Breakfast

Sia – This is Acting (Deluxe)

Sia recently dropped the deluxe version of her hit album ‘This is Acting’. It’s more of the Sia we’ve come to love, plus the addition of the groundbreaking tribute to the victims of the Pulse massacre, ‘The Greatest’

My top tracks include:

The Greatest

Confetti

Skott

Skott hasn’t released an album yet, however every single she has released is completely enticing and immersive. I’ve never been completely sold on an artist through so few songs, I predict big things in her future, as she’s already nearly breaking 1,000,000 monthly listeners on Spotify.

My top tracks include:

Lack of Emotion

Wolf

Solange – A Seat at the Table

I need to give this album more time, as it’s fantastic. Solange’s vocals are silky smooth and refuse to get old. This album is packed with songs hitting major current issues and very personal discussions. Her interludes are fantastic, I wish more albums featured such enthralling breaks between tracks.

My top tracks include:

Rise

Don’t Touch My Hair

Bastille – Wild World

And no one is surprised that I included Bastille in this. They’re my favourite band, and this is probably my favourite album ever already. It’s sure as hell going to be my most listened to album of all time. I have it saved on Spotify, the vinyl, the CD and a digital copy. The last two were free, but still, I can’t stop listening to it.

I’ve been to see them live once this week, and I’m going again Sunday. If you can make it to the Wild Wild World Tour, you definitely should. It’s a completely immersive concert experience, you’ll have the best time.

This album is a brilliant reflection on the current state of the world in 2016, from an upbeat song on dark personal times, one about about the UK and USA’s terrible year in politics and another about finding comfort in other humans whilst the world around us seems to be falling apart.

And there’s a song about gangsters and real life murderers. It’s bloody great.

My top tracks include:

Send Them Off!

Warmth

If you’re interested, here’s a Spotify playlist containing all of these songs:

Thanks for reading, let’s hope we keep getting such fantastic music for the rest of 2016.

 

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