Songs | JAN18

Friday, 9 February 2018


New year, new title amaright. The start of the year is normally a great time for music and 2018 didn't disappoint with impending album-drop news from Arctic Monkeys, MGMT, Vampire Weekend and Franz Ferdinand. And of course the release of Music for Cars which I am so ready for! The meme's are right; 2013 tumblr is coming back with a vengeance and I will be waiting; cigarette packet lyrics and Tesco's own vodka in hand. But let's stick to this month, a playlist consisting of some old favourites and some new discoveries, all bringing out exciting new music into 2018. The early birds are here, let's talk about them:

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I've had a pretty tumultuous relationship with James Blake and his songs this year. They're just so darn sad and brought back a lot of painful memories. But now, after a bus journey of forcing myself to listen to DLM, I can once again listen to his music without hysterically crying, hoorayy! 
This beautiful cover of Don McLean's Vincent is so haunting and a really clever and stylish rendition, with just the piano and Blake's astounding harmonies. Perfect for looking poignantly out of rainy windows on public transport. 
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Speaking of 2013 The Vaccines are back! With a much heavier and harder sound. Gone are the days of light and catchy indie anthems like Wetsuit and Weirdo, this song is all fast and furious punk, heavy guitars and lyrics that explain a life of no consequences and attitude. I'm so into it and very, very excited for their upcoming album, if it's anything like this song I can't wait to listen to it driving into the sunset on a main road. 
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This month I have been well and truly infatuated with Dua Lipa, everything she does and everything she stands for. I just think she's a flawless person, so driven with a no-boys work ethic. I also love the attitude of this song and the production quality, it has turned such a simple set of chords into a pop anthem and I particularly enjoyed covering it at my last gig, dedicating it to every woman in the room, yes sisters Dua wrote this song for us!
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Oh look the 2013 revolution peeks its head out again, in the shape of a wombat! It's no secret that The Wombats are one of my all time favourite bands and although I wasn't a real fan of Lemon to a Knife Fight, Turn is such a tune! I fell in love with the lyrics as soon as I heard it, those classic over-dramatic and self aware lyrics that make their songs balance between profound and humorous. It'll be my second time seeing them in March and I can't wait for this new album to grace my ears with all its lyrical and comedic glory.
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First Aid Kit are back and it's about bloomin' time! The album has been released now, but you'll have to wait for a proper review later in the month. Fireworks was the first song I heard from their new album and like all their songs, it captivated me and I found adding it to this playlist quicker than a firework exploding itself. I then continued to play this song on repeat all night and for the rest of that week. I identified with the lyrics and then the harmonies kicked in and lets just say I was sold! The best way to begin an album release, they know how to hype.
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I can't remember how I found Caroline Pennel, I think it was on twitter? I listened to one of her songs Water and then continued to listen to the rest of the album in the bath. I love the production quality on these tracks and how she uses her voice in so many ways; in this song Little it's almost all vocals and that's very brave. I also love the little cheeky laughs between pre-choruses, it's such a catchy lil' happy tune, perfect for getting out of bed in the morning.
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Emily introduced me to this song on the bus, whilst I felt horrendously travel sick. It immediately calmed me and I became fascinated with the rendition. Yellow Day's voice is like a match made in heaven between George Ezra and Hozier, this deep, guttural howl. But then in Gap in the Clouds you have this busy, jazzy musical beat going on in the background. This song is perfect to listen to when you need a distraction, like almost vomiting on a bus or a get together with friends.
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Another band I found because of the beautiful people I follow on twitter. And also another album I listened to in the bath, it was a great time. Wet are my new favourite mellow-band and You're the Best is an absolute bob, down to the vocals and the little funky guitar riff in the build up. It's just a song that makes you feel good y'know.
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My bae Haley Blais decided to grace us with new music, took us all by surprise didn't she! Deciding to post her demos on Spotify so us peasants can listen to it for free. I love how DIY this grouping of songs is and you can really tell that Haley was just let loose in the studio, it's so experimental, with half the songs not actually having an ending, but that's fine because the songs that she's managed to make are so haunting and catchy in equal measure. Severance Pay is definitely my favourite though because of the lyrics. To be honest, this girl could just release an assortment of weird noises and I'd be down for it, oh wait.. did she just do that?
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I normally don't trust Spotify when it decides to just go 'off playlist' after it has finished. But before I could make a dive for my phone and knock any suggestions off because I don't like being told what to listen to; the subtle tones of The Walters came through my speakers and I found myself swaying in my room. This song takes me back to summer, which is strange because I didn't listen to them last year, but here we are; lying on the grass, maybe on a picnic blanket, sunglasses and good book. I'll favour any band if they make me fantasise about things like that! Honestly though Fancy Shoes is so feel-good and I love the old fashioned edge to the beat and the harmonies, perfect for listening to whilst doing all the things above, maybe not in this weather though.
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What have you been listening to this January?




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  1. who doesn't love Dua Lipa?! haha great post btw :)
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