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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.

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Top 10 Albums of 2017

Another year in music is over. Last year I recounted my top 10 albums of the year, and it’s time to do it all over again. This year’s list was very tough, it’s been an absolutely amazing year for all genres of music, so many artists have released such mind blowing pieces of work! Here are the 10 I’ve chosen as the best of the best.

This year I tried not to simply focus on my 10 favourites, but on 10 that I truly believe are the best, whether this is overall, or means a complete album with 0 filler, or an album that’s defining it’s genre, these are all something special.

 LordeMelodrama

Top Track: ‘Homemade Dynamite’

Whilst this list is in no order, Melodrama 100% cinches the top spot for me. Melodrama encapsulates heartbreak, late-teenage parties and the transition into ‘true’ adult life in a handful of unique and experimental tracks. From the thumping beats of ‘Green Light’ to the soft piano of ‘Liability’, and it’s reprise, Lorde proves that she’s a forced to be reckoned with. A 4 year wait between records is nothing if it results in anything half as good as Melodrama. Continue Reading →

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MUSIC OF THE MONTH – JULY 2017

July is over, it seems the summer is gone with it to, but I’m here with my top picks of this month’s music releases.

 If you wanna catch up on June’s music, click here.

Glory – Bunker Sessions – Bastille


A stripped back version of the band’s latest single will get you contemplating life, chilling out and wanting to get high and lie in the road as the lyrics suggest.

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NEW MUSIC OF THE MONTH – MAY 2017

May has been my least favourite month of music in 2017 thus far. It’s not been a bad month by any stretch of the imagination, but the first 4 really delivered. However, I’ve still listed my favourite fire tracks of the month here, and there have been some GREAT ones.

Catch April’s post here.

 Told You So – Paramore

I’ve been following Paramore for a long time, the first concert I ever went to without my parents was Paramore at Manchester Arena. That was such an important gig for me, and still is to this day.

Paramore’s new album isn’t my favourite, I like it, but I much prefered the Self-Titled last album, however Told You So is my favourite Paramore track of them all. This song is light, bouncy, has a bit more playfulness and a happy beat than most Paramore tracks, but has the distinctive Paramore feel that only they can create. It’s a perfectly crafted song mixing pop, indie and a bangin’ summer feel.

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New Music of the Month – April 2017

Get ready for a bumper edition of New Music of the Month! There have been loads of amazing new tracks released the last couple of weeks and there’s no better place to catch them all than right here!

 Check out March’s new music here.

Crowded Places – Banks

This stripped back track from Banks (say that four times fast) is the anti-thesis to songs like ‘Brain’ which we know her so well for. This song is built to chill too, but it feels like such a ‘real’ and tough track. Continue Reading →