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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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My Year in Music

Oh it’s the most wonderful time of year, it’s Spotify Wrapped day! Every year I get overly exciting for a personalised playlist and stats about who I’ve been listening to this year, even though I already know because I’m the one doing the listening. Either way, this is a great old day.

Every year I document my stats on my blog, more so for myself, but if you fancy a gander, you can find them all here: 2015, 2016, 2017.

Top 5 Artists

1) Bastille (Last Year: 1)

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MOST LISTENED TO

Most listened to

Hello friends, music lovers and people who accidentally clicked this link whilst scrolling through Twitter but have now been ensnared by my devilish good looks and my fancy new blog interface.

A few weeks ago I kicked off a new series all about the songs that I’m actually listening to all the time, as presented to me via my favourite online gizmo, Obscurify. Last time’s made sense, it was generally all current tracks and stuff that’s been around recently or from my favourite artists. One slight adjustment I’ve made is to only feature one song from each artist, as the recent album releases from The Wombats and Charlie Barnes did begin to dominate.

This time I’ve kinda gone all over the place, from murderous album tracks to one of the greatest karaoke songs of all time.

1) STRANGERS – SIGRID

This song featured as number 4 in my last post, it’s been a slow burn for me. You know, from listening to almost all the time to ‘I can’t sleep with good conscience unless I listen to this song whilst brushing my teeth before bed’. If that’s not the mark of an earworm, I don’t know what is. Continue Reading →

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Most Listened To

Last year I wrote about my favourite new tracks each and every month, there were so many, it was a lot of fun to listen to and collate all these new bits of music. For 2018, I thought I’d switch it up a bit and focus on what I am actually listening to the most.

Using Obscurify I found out the top 10 songs I listened in the six weeks leading up to 08/02/18 and have written a little spiel on each below. I find any and all Spotify data completely intriguing so I spend far too much time on this site.

1) ALL I HAVE – CHARLIE BARNES

I’m a really big fan of Charlie, he’s such a talented musician and songwriter and this track is where he really shines. ‘All I Have’ is the first single from his upcoming album Oceanography, which comes out in a few short weeks. If you like upbeat acoustics, this guy is for you.

I recently interviewed Charlie for work, he is very genuinely one of the kindest and most thoughtful people I’ve had a chat with.

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