Best of November 2016 – The Playlist

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Track of the Week 24/07/16: Wildhart – Shake Off

Wildhart hail from Sweden. They combine almost jazzy elements with shimmering synths and soundscapes with gentle vocals. Shake Off is ambient-induced chill out music, while still staying in the realm of electro pop. It’s one of those albums that lets you drift off into daydreams when it gets dark so early outside.

If singles like this one and Fantasy are anything to go by, Wildhart might be about to make a name for themselves. With their debut album coming out November 11th, I’m sure there’s a lot more to come.

Live Review: Meilyr Jones @ The Village Underground, London 6/10/16

Meilyr Jones. I had heard his name at least 30 times. A good friend of mine recommended him to me, told me to see him at The Great Escape but I ended up not being able to make it. So when he told me I should come along to see him at the Village Underground, I said yes, ready to finally see what this Welsh art-pop wonderboy was all about. And I have to say I was not disappointed.

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Track of the Week 01/08/16

Yes, holy shit it’s August. Yes, I know this year has gone by crazy fast. No, I’m no less terrified of the future and growing old than anyone else. But you know what, let’s just listen to some music, shall we?

Hampshire wunderkinder Blaenavon have been on the scene since 2013. With their more than convincingly weird twitter account and a reputation for some of the best live shows you can see in dingy pubs as well as bigger venues they now have an album coming up. And for the people who are just as excited about that as me, they’ve brought out another single I’ll have on repeat for at least two weeks.

A bit of The Smiths, a bit of the Cure, a lot of bittersweet happiness and melancholy on summer evenings and a “let’s pray for death” chant to match it all. It’s Let’s Pray.

 

Album (P)Review: Let’s Eat Grandma – I, Gemini // Mad Princesses, Fairytales and Hallucinations

Due to a distinct lack of albums in the last week that tickled my fancy, this week’s review is a bit more of a preview, or as like to call it, an “I’m way too excited about this album not to talk about it” post.

Let’s Eat Grandma are Jenny Hollingworth and Rosa Walton, two teenagers from Norwich. And they are weird in the most wonderful sense of the word.
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Track of the Week 23/05/16

With a bit of post-Great Escape depression I’m looking back on one of my favourite acts of the weekend.

REVILO is the London-based singer, songwriter, goth pop prince that you need in your life. He spices up his guitar heavy indie rock with incredible pop hooks and a voice that will melt your heart.

Check out his recent single Lure below.

What the Hype is All About: The 1975 – I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it

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Release Date: February 26, 2016
Label: Dirty Hit
Genres: pop, electronic, indie, R&B
Favourite Tracks: If I Believe You, Somebody Else, The Ballad of Me and My Brain

Yeah, I’m late with this, aren’t I. Where have I been? Listening to this album.

The 1975 have released their second studio album I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it last month. Apart from being a mouthful, it’s also an album of comfortable self-discovery for the band around the character that is Matt Healy.

While the self-titled album they released in 2013 was more of an awkward combination of the well-composed EPs that preceded it, I like it when you sleep is not even as much a collection of songs as it is a flawless concept album.

The influences range from 80s/90s pop and funk to R&B but always tie in with the style that is still a lot like the 1975 that brought us Chocolate and Sex. Singles like Love Me, UGH! and The Sound are however bangers like they have not brought out before.
And while adhering to these pop conventions in those songs (even mocking it when Healy sings “Oh the kick won’t last for long // but the song only lasts 3 minutes” in UGH!), the whole album, with its 17 tracks, does not. It has got a balanced pace, which is enhanced by long, often mostly instrumental tracks like Please Be Naked. 

This pace and the soundscape make for a sound that pulls you in with strong emotions, making you feel almost ethereal.

So what is the hype about? The 1975 have a strong media presence, especially since Matt Healy is ‘dreamy af’. Everything from the cover to live shows to every single advert that can be seen online has a very distinct aesthetic, which is what helps them create this concept of a lifestyle that is just too artsy and ethereal to resist. Musically they have created one of the best pop albums of 2016 so far.

And after NME awarded them with the award for ‘Worst Band’ in 2014, I’m glad they’re nominated for the ‘Best British Band’ award this year.

Listen on Apple Music, buy on iTunes or buy the special edition Vinyl on Amazon

 

 

Track of the Day 02/01/16

I just got back from a little New Year’s Eve getaway with some of my best friends. I didn’t have internet or any service whatsoever, so reflecting on what 2015 was and what 2016 is going to be was the one thing I did most.

Let’s all take a little breather on the second day of the New Year, while the hangover is receding and there’s not much to do.