Songs | FEB18

Wednesday, 14 March 2018


I thought instead of a Monday post this week I would get this extensive list of songs out of the way before it's April, that would be great wouldn't it?! February was a surprisingly amazing month for music, new albums were coming out left, right and centre and I had a pretty difficult time picking out my absolute faves so this list wasn't 100 songs long! 2018 music wise is just getting better and better, let's press play:

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First Aid Kit came back this month, I'm still working on a full album review, so lets just focus on this song. This song man, it hit me right in the feels! I think it's a mixture between the lyrics and the anthemic build up, but I found myself silently swaying to it in the kitchen while I was trying to make mac and cheese. It's so classic country and the main guitar swing and crowd chant was made for a rowdy bar with thick wooden stools and big ol' pints of ale. So this is the environment I feel this song is to be enjoyed, a crowded bar after a few pints and maybe, just maybe some tears might be shed. 
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I have low-key loved Billie Eilish for a while now and I'm really excited about her future music. This song is so well produced and sampled and I take my hat off to her for the creativity, also the lyrics man. Something any millennial person interested in men can relate to I'm sure 'my boy loves his friends like I love my split ends and by that I mean, he cuts them off' genius. This song would be great to listen to maybe after a disappointing date or relationship, when the boss vibes need a lil' bit of a pick-me-up. 
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So this song was kind of meant to be on my January playlist, but I loved it so much, I moved it over so I could listen to it more times, yep. This song man, the catchy chorus will get stuck in your memory palace for forever more. My boo Emily introduced me to this song before a night out and the 80's vibes just washed over me giving me so much energy. I absolutely love the band Alvvays now and whenever we go out anywhere and have the opportunity to choose a song, this one will always be first on the list and I haven't met a person yet who doesn't like it. This song will be best enjoyed with a glass of gin and an eyeliner in hand, ready to do the best cat-wings ever before looking bomb on a night out. 
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Now we kind of know that I'm not really a fan of jazz but when I heard this song by Foxygen the chill vibes and weird tempo change caught me offguard and I ended up adding it to this playlist immediately. This song is a weird one, at first we have this slow, sultry saxaphone thing going on and next before you know it, you've been lured into this weird up-beat Bowie-esque chorus and then some weird 'da daa' pre-chorus/bridge hybrid. It's a perfect example of why we shouldn't always focus on musical structure. This song is great for listening to walking down the street, maybe change your walking pace to the weird change of tempo, have a little skip down the street maybe?
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I looooove Jade Bird! I loved her debut ep and the country vibes it had, but when lottery came out you can really feel the glo-up through her music. She's not just a young singer-songwriter anymore, she's a professional pop musician and I am so excited for her new music. Lottery is an absolute bop, and is definitely to be enjoyed in an open topped car on a sunny-day but because this is England I haven't had the pleasure of fulfilling this fantasy yet. Here's to summer and hopefully a brand new Jade Bird album. 
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Speaking of summer, I think George Ezra beat us all to it with his newest bop! Paradise just oozes feel-good; barefoot-in-the-grass, lemonade, flower crowns, huge sunglasses.. the whole shebang! 
This song should be heard in all aspects of the latter, maybe plus a few friends you can link arms with. 
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I always thought Sunflower Bean were pretty chill and relaxed, and then BOOM this absolute political anthem was released, complete with their new sound. I absolutely love the rebelliousness of this song, it screams girl-gang-punk literally! This song would be amazing to hear live, I must see this band live, I must jump up and down to this song live. 
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I saw a recent cover of this song on Youtube by Korantemaa and immediately added it to my playlist. I actually prefer the cover I heard though, although Men I Trust do have very chill vibes, similar to Mac Demarco and because of this I feel this song should be heard lying on your back in a field of flowers, staring at the sky. We've get real summer vibes going on here pals, maybe I miss it more than I think?!
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 I've recently really been appreciating country music as a genre. Now I've always been into Dylan and Joplin and Cash of course, but I was never really a fan of new country (although maybe if you class Taylor Swift in that genre, I've been all over her shit for years) But after finding artists like this, I've really changed my opinion of the new country, not necessarily country pop, but something of a similar genre. Caroline Rose fits into this category and I fell in love with her sound and her badass lyrics, especially in Blood on your Bootheels. It possesses this classic blues guitar riff that I can't get enough of throughout the whole song and her storytelling lyrics are just so clever. Another great song for walking down the street to I feel. 
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So February gave us many things, but the main thing that I will remember from this month is Justin bloody Timberlake is back isn't he?! I've always been a pretty big fan, ever since the Cry me a River days, I just can't get enough of that production value. I think he's a genius and this new album is soooo weird but also soooo amazing. Speaking of country music and all that, but putting him and that genre together is just crazy, but it works! I absolutely love the album and although it does have me very, very confused as to what genre JT is going for, I can't help but nod my head to every bop and Man of Woods perfectly encapsulates that weirdness, it's so weird man, but so good, so, so good. Listen to it wearing a cowboy hat in a place with good acoustics, you'll thank me.  
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CHVRCHES are back, with this catchy little number. Although I'm not a great fan of the repetitive, pop chorus, I can't help dancing around to this song and it's the perfect thing to listen to before going on a night out.
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Speaking of repetitive; Pale Waves are back -I mean that in the best possible way- When Television Romance was released I really wasn't a fan, but this band have definitely grown on me since hearing New Years Eve and this song tops it all on the bop scale! I also love the lyrics and the whole concept of the song 'lose me like the ocean, feel the motion'. 
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Ahh and now we come to my new true love. I came across Cavetown on Youtube this month after stumbling upon a cover of this song and I feel head over heels for all of it; the music, the lyrics and the all round aesthetic. Robbie records and produces his own songs and I am in complete awe of how he does it and how professional everything sounds. He gives me so much inspiration and Lemon Boy has quickly become one of my favourite songs, like ever.. and that's a pretty hard list to get onto. I just think it's written perfectly and the bridge is dreamy and the build up of instruments into a heavier sound at the end of the song and.. I could go on. I love this song so much I recently covered it on my Youtube channel, thanks Robbie, for making music so full of feeling and expression. Also your chameleon was adorable!
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So I only found Grace VanderWaal because Cavetown covered one of her songs on his channel -I told you I was a fangirl- But then I listened to her stuff on spotify and became obsessed with her tone of voice. She's so young man and so, so talented and I know she's the product of a talent show, but there's definitely something unique about her and I'm really excited for what she's going to become and where her music will go in the future, she's only 14 for hell's sake! Moonlight is a perfect pop song, simple ukulele, relatable lyrics and a catchy chorus. It's such an ear-worm, but in the best possible way, I had this song stuck in my head for around 3 days! This song will also be perfect to listen to in the summer, skipping down the street.
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I'm always looking for new favourite indie bands and The Magic Gang might just fill that vacancy with this absolute tune. Like a lot of this playlist, it just screams summer and also beer gardens, I don't know why beer gardens but it just makes me think of them. Maybe I'm craving them, but I know once I get to sit in one, I'll certainly be listening to this song!
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Now we all know by now that I'm attracted to relatable and clever lyrics. Well this song expresses these two things perfectly. I think everyone has been in the position that Sasha Sloan describes in this song and although it is a sad situation, I couldn't help but laugh in agreeance when I listened to the lyrics.
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Oh look, another band that Cavetown has recently covered -fangirling intensifies- But this band man. They're kind of in the same genre as The Lemon Twigs and Mac Demarco I feel -once again, summer vibes all over- I also love the song title and the heavy chorus, it's just the whole package.
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I discovered Soko randomly from a Spotify recommendation once Peach Pit's album has finished and oh my this lady is amazing. I already recognised one of her songs We Might be Dead Tomorrow from a film or tv series I couldn't place. But then I listened to the My Dreams Dictate my Reality Album and fell in love with her soft punk sound. Ocean of Tears is heavy in the right places and poetic all the way through. The way she writes music is genius, almost like a stream of consciousness, you never know what you're going to get and each song differs in genre, that's incredibly hard to get away with when you have such a strong aesthetic, but somehow Soko  is amazing at both of these things , she is an absolute master of her craft. 
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Ahh, last but not least we have Ezra Furman's new single, definitely not least. This song is a story, a tale of a hospital breakout and a deadly road trip, giving me all those Pulp Fiction/Thelma & Louise vibes. Ezra's lyrics have always been unusual but this song is especially strange and borderline sinister. The whole album depicts an unhealthy relationship, maybe with someone, or maybe with himself. I kind of want to give him a hug, but also congratulate him on his storytelling and life observations. Hope yer ok Ezra hun!
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God that was a marathon. But what can I say, February was a magical month for music!
What have you been listening to this February?




4 comments

  1. I've never heard First Aid Kit. I need to go and check them out x
    https://sykirah.blogspot.com/

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    1. honestly they're so good, you wont regret!

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  2. I haven't heard of any of these artists/bands before! I've been trying to listen to different things lately though so this was actually really good for me to read.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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    1. Aw I'm glad I've allowed you to discover new artists this month, that's cool!

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