Songs | MAY18

Saturday, 9 June 2018


Where have the months gone? How is it June already?! I'm sorry I haven't been keeping up with this series, I listened to some amazing songs in MAR18 & APR18 but alas; I must have run out of time to write about them. If you are curious and want to know what I was listening to during these months, my spotify account will have those playlists ready for you to download anytime, jus' sayin' 

Let's get on with it shall we and completely forget the fact I've missed 2 months of writing about amazing new music. Let's press play on the present:

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I went to see Isle of Dogs this April and the whole film stole my heart. The soundtrack in particular stood out for me and this one song that kept being used. Fast forward to a few weeks afterwards and the sweet lil' song comes up on my Discovery playlist -can spotify read minds?- I haven't stopped listening to it all month and it's the perfect song to listen to on an adventure. Grab a rucksack with some snacks and go and walk in a wood, light a fire and contemplate the universe. 
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May has definitely been the month of up and coming pop females. I've been following Orla Gartland for a long time now and I'm so happy her new single and new music hype is getting all the recognition it deserves. This is an absolute bop and after listening to it only once, I found myself humming it all day. Also can we talk about her aesthetic? I'm so hyped for music videos and all the exciting things in the future of her music. She inspires me to work harder and focus on the end goal, she reached it, why can't I? I Go Crazy is the perfect 'omg it's that time already I must jump out of bed and make a getting ready montage' there's something very vintage about her sound, I could see someone recreating the Risky Business scene to this song, might be me jus' sayin'. 
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Now it's time for the big one. My mum is back! Florence has graced this world once more and I'm over the moon. So over the moon I've recently bought tickets to see her in Glasgow in November and -I'm gonna have to stop I may hyperventilate- Hunger is what I call a heartfelt banger. It's really interesting how it came to light because she said it was a personal poem that she wasn't going to share, but something told her she had to. The lyrics are so raw and so profound and speak so many truths and the production of this song is just magical and how she performs it is even more so. Florence is one of.. probably the main musical influences I have and I always bare in mind her structure when I write songs. I am so stoked to see her, to be in the same building as her even, I know the vibes will be perfect and she will give me endless inspiration. This song is a let-your-hair-down-twirling-in-your-living-room kind of vibe and that's what exactly me and my flat mates did when we first heard this song and every other day after that! I'm so glad my mum has returned, is it creepy I call her my mum? I don't care. Sorry mum.
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Another pop banger coming your way in 3..2..1. Tove Styrke popped up on my Discovery and I was immediately drawn into her country-style pop, more so by the lyrics than anything else. I listened to the whole album and as soon as Say my Name came on I knew this would be my favourite. I love the simplicity of the lyrics and the cheekiness she injects into the song. This is a perfect song to wash the dishes to, hear me out; it's upbeat and has the catchiest chorus, perfect for singing loudly whilst scrubbing dem' coffee stains. 
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Now this is a weird one. I actually discovered this song on a very intense episode of Riverdale (yes I still watch Riverdale, it calms me okay?)  But this episode was hella' dramatic and this song worked perfectly. It builds so well and I just love the production of it. Obviously this will be perfect to listen to walking down a road at night, no people, no cars. Create your own music video, but don't get creeped out by the end, I was jump scared first time I listened to it, nearly dropped my tea everywhere bloody hell. 
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Oh look another woman killing it in the UK music industry and giving me daily inspo. Maisie Peter's vocals are the sweetest, most angelic thing I have ever heard, but paired with this slightly poignant, honest song, we definitely see a different side to her. I love Worst of You and the idea that not all relationships are perfect, I hope she learned her lesson though, after hearing those lyrics I just want to give her a big hug. But we all know, we write the best bangers when we're sad and things are shit so.. The production of this song is very similar to what I'm aiming for and that makes me hella' excited. Maybe one day my music could be paired alongside Maisie's on a spotify playlist, holy shit that would make my day. This song is best listened to with a glass of gin and some gal' pals to hug and dance around with. My usual Saturday nights will be accompanied by this song from now on. 
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Heard this song in the bath. Cried like a lil' baby. That's all. Nah Isaac Gracie's music is the embodiment of poignancy and 'alone time' This song is beautiful and his Jeff Buckley-like wails are both haunting and calming at the same time. I love the unusual chord sequence in this song and there's something about the 2nd half of the verses that just effect me, idk man, my chest tightens because it's just perfect. The lyrics sink deep into your skin and don't leave you. The whole album is an absolute treasure honestly but this is definitely my favourite song. It's not overly produced and it builds so beautifully. Listen to it in the bath with billions of candles, tears and your own thoughts. 
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I know, I know. I still need to do a full album review I know. But to be honest my whole opinion of this album has been so up and down. I wasn't a fan at first, but now, after a 1am walk down the road, just me and some traffic lights; I get what they were trying to do. This song I think is my favourite, just because of the clever lyrics 'dancing in ma underpants, i'm gonna run for government, i'm gonna join a covers band an all' I mean, you couldn't get more AM than that really. I like how Alex hasn't lost his northern tones, but they've definitely developed as a band and changed their sound, but that's only fair, it's what musicians do, it just took a lot of getting used to. You could say I need a One Point Perspective ? I'll get out now. 
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God I love talking about music, why didn't I write for mar/apr ??? 
What have you been listening to this May? 

           

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