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In My Ears – Top 5 Tracks of March 2019

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 February’s edition here, and keep on reading for the 5 songs I’ve fawned over this month.

Glass Animals – JDNT

Glass Animals are one of the most refreshing bands to pop up this decade. They’re carefully created a sound that no one else has, a sound that feels like a soundtrack, pop song and an ethereal welcoming to the gates of heaven all at the same time. ‘JDNT’ from the band’s first album is exactly that. Front man Dave Bayley uses incredibly soothing vocals, mixed with some strangely intoxicating lyrics to make ‘JDNT’ a masterpiece.

Sigrid – Never Mine

Sigrid has finally released her debut album and it’s not a surprise in the slightest that it slaps hard. It’s full of pop hits, one of the best being ‘Never Mine’. A bouncy, effortlessly relatable, kinda-love song with catchy choruses and massive backing beats. ‘Never Mine’ is one her best tracks yet and deserves all the praise it’s been getting.

MARINA – Orange Trees

MARINA’s new era has seen us losing the ‘diamonds’ and welcoming in a fresh pop sound. ‘Orange Trees’ is undoubtedly the best of the three tracks released from her upcoming double album ‘LOVE + FEAR’. ‘Orange Trees’ reminisces on Marina’s childhood in Greece, with sprinklings of light pop, a vocal undulation that no one will be able to replicate, and her lush vocals painting a vivid picture of a paradise. ‘Superstar’ wasn’t a great track from Marina, but we’re back to glittery, synth pop drawing inspirations from only sources available to her.

Marshmello + Chvrches – Here With Me

In a Marshmello track you expect larger than life synth and beats. However, Chvrches lead singer Lauren Mayberry’s vocals take the spotlight here, and the track massively benefits from it. Synth band and synth heavy producer came together to produce something that is almost stripped back for the two of them. Unexpected, but totally welcome.

They Might Be Giants – Istanbul

Episode one of The Umbrella Academy really changed me and has had me singing this song every single day. This tune is addictive beyond belief, fun and bouncy, and not at all what you expect to be played during a gunfight in a department scene. I’m head over heels for The Umbrella Academy, this track will keep me going until season two (fingers crossed).

Find these 5 tracks in the ‘In My Ears’ playlist, as well as all previous ‘In My Ears’ tracks, below on Spotify.

 

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Nazca, Peru. You Have To Fly Above the Nazca Lines

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Welcome to Nazca!

We’ve left Lima behind (for now, read the first post on Lima here) and headed south to one of the driest and most interesting regions of Peru. Don’t know why I’ve led with driest, but it is pretty damn dry.

The area is famous for, you guessed it, the Nazca Lines. Though the area boasts a ton of valleys, the Ica Desert (which will be covered in the next post) and is home to around 40,000 people.

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Lima, Peru – What To Do In 48 Hours

It’s certainly taken me long enough. Between June and July of last year, I spent some time travelling around Peru. And now, almost a year after the fact, I’m finally getting round into publishing this travel diary of sorts.

Rather than posts on what to do in different parts of the country and how to posts, this series is going to be more of an honest reflection of my trip. Simply as I enjoy writing these accounts of my trips a bit more.

Anyway, on we go to Lima, Peru.

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In My Ears – Top 5 Tracks of February 2019

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 January’s edition here, and keep on reading for the 5 songs I’ve fawned over this month.

In my ears music of the month

Lizzo – Juice

This song is one of the greatest bops of the year already. Lizzo’s brand of killer confidence and self-love and acceptance is something we should all adapt, and she’s making sure we do by creating absolute hits like this. I love Lizzo, she seems like one of the coolest musicians around. ‘Juice’ is endlessly fun, I can’t get enough of it. It’s got that sweet summer sound, I think Lizzo is the reason we’re having an unusually warm February. And also because the planet is slowly dying. But back to the positives, nothing is as good as ‘Juice’. It’s incredible. And makes for a great workout soundtrack.

This one wins my meaningless award of ‘Song of the Month’.

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In My Ears – January 2019

Album covers Top tracks Welcome to the inaugural ‘In My Ears’ post, it’s not about earworms and wax, but about 5 tracks that I’ve loved throughout the month. In 2017 I documented the best tracks of the month, in 2018 I documented some of my most listened to tracks every now and then, for 2019, we’re switching things up again with a reeling off of 5 songs that have been ‘big’ during the month for me. It’s January, it’s cold, and everything sorta sucks post-Christmas. Back to work, back to the gym, but it’s freezing out and raining 90% of the time and dark by 6pm. January can do one. Let’s get into these tracks then:

Lana Del Rey – hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have

‘I’ve been tearing around in my fucking nightgown’ is such a beautiful line. Lana has already outdone herself in 2019 with this beautifully melancholic 5 and a half minute odyssey inspired by Sylvia Plath. Lana is known for her macabre lyrics, yet there’s a distinct feeling of resilience and hope in this track. A track with a name that puts Fall Out Boy and The 1975 to shame.  She really needs nothing but a few piano keys and her own voice to make an infectious song that locks you in its grip. With a chorus that is repeated many times, the song continually feels fresh and otherworldly. We love u Lana.

The Killers – Bones

This song might be 13 years old, but I’ve been obsessed with it as of late. It’s no surprise that I’m a big fan of The Killers, but for some reason this one track has been stuck on repeat. I find with this track, it’s clear Brandon Flowers isn’t naturally an amazing vocalist. He’s got a good voice, don’t get me wrong, but he possesses something much better: a true command over his voice. His ability to push his voice to it’s limits, limits which aren’t conventionally ‘pleasing’ to listen to, cannot be overstated. It’s absolutely sick, and this song is a true modern rock classic. It’s a simple concept, brought together with blinding horns, backing vocals for days and a mood which builds and builds.

The Vaccines – All My Friends Are Falling in Love

This month I’ve loved no one more than The Vaccines. I love British indie, especially those that popped up in the late 00’s/early 10’s, and The Vaccines fully fit that bill. This non-album track is a belter. ‘All My Friends Are Falling in Love’ is an anthem of desperation and disappointment made to sing in the shower, car or in the club. The lyrics are painfully relatable for everyone in their 20’s and 30’s, watching the circle of friends they know fall into their own love lives and split off as your’s can remain largely the same. Just with less people in it. I can’t stop playing this song, and don’t think I will for a long time. There’s no one who quite knows how to make an addictive indie banger like The Vaccines.

Florence and The Machine – Moderation

I described ‘Moderation’ to my friends as a song that would play in a haunted house in the 80’s full of kind ghosts who just want to befriend the teenage girl who is running around the house looking for an exit. It’s creepy in tone, loving in lyrics and a little bit of a disturbing experience. Along with its B-Side ‘Haunted House’, ‘Moderation’ is a massive left turn from Florence and The Machine‘s current sound and aesthetic, though it’s a majorly welcomed one. I’ll happily take more ghostly soundtracks that pop up seemingly out of nowhere- it’s only been 6 months since their last album High as Hope dropped.

Foals – Exits

If ‘Moderation’ is what the friendly ghosts play, ‘Exits’ is what the ghosts from the mid-00’s who are a bit burned out play. Foals return to the stage comes with two versions of ‘Exits’, both being absolute earworms at a massive 6 minute length. I could listen to them all day though, this indie tracks feel like they’ve been sprinkled with a bit of glitter, bad vibes and a bit of deceit. I’m super excited for what else Foals have coming up, it’s gonna be a big year with 2 album releases, the first of which is just in a couple of weeks. Have a nose around some other music posts if you fancy it. Find these 5 tracks in the ‘In My Ears’ playlist below on Spotify.