Happy Music Monday! I’ve had an action packed weekend and feel ready to drop and the week’s only just started! I needed a serious pickup today after running around town baby clothes shopping, fathers day shopping and heading out for family dinners.
Luckily the pickup arrived in my Spotify discover weekly playlist, a track from Surfer Blood. The band are a 4-piece from Florida who originally formed under the name Jabroni Sandwich, eventually forming the band they are today after a lineup shuffle and renaming after the singer’s favourite high school backpack!
The track I picked is called Other Desert Cities, from their 2015 album 1000 Palms, their 3rd LP and most successful to date. It’s short but sweet, and I love the guitar loops and the upbeat summer vibe. I haven’t heard much from this band before, so I’m ready to dive into their back catalogue and explore what they’ve got to offer!
Take a listen to the tune below, and hop on Twitter and let me know music you’ve been enjoying lately.
This week me and the bump have been listening to all kinds of new music and along with enjoying the new tunes from James Bay, Selena Gomez ha been singing up a storm. Her new track Back to You was released just a few weeks ago and is from the the sound track of the Netflix original series 13 Reasons Why, adapted from the book of the same name written by Jay Asher.
The track is really fun but has an emotional theme and message. You can tell that it has lots of influences, there’s country or Irish vibes, Acoustic fun and you can even hear some Kygo sound in there too with that summery vibe. The song was produced by Ian Kirkpatrick who’s worked with Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Nick Jonas and more.
Let me know what you’ve been listening to this week and whether you’ve been loving Selena Gomez’ tunes in the comments below or hop over on Twitter too.
Happy Music Monday! I have no idea what happened to this weekend, it seemed to disappear in a flash! I did manage to get along to see Carlos Acosta dance in Norwich, one of my favourite all time performers and the man himself did not disappoint.
Another one of my favourite all time performers are the Baltimore duo who I’ve written about many times before, the wonderful Beach House. It feels like they’ve been away for years, I had to look it up – they released their last two LPs a fortnight apart way back in 2015. It looks like they’ve been hard at work because they’re back with their seventh album, aptly titled 7.
The album sees the band move into slightly different territory, speeding things up with a bit more energy injected into the majority of their new material, however they still retain that signature sound.
I’ve picked out the lead single Lemon Glow, a trippy song full of mesmerising loops. It’s so unmistakably Beach House, mixing the best of their older and newer sounds to create something that somehow still feels fresh.
Take a listen to the track below, and hop on Twitter and let me know what music you’ve been into this past week.
Happy Bank Holiday Monday and happy Music Monday! This weeks track is James Bay. After hitting it big with his debut album Chaos and the Calm, he’s recently taken a year off to get creative, have a break and to write more music. While he was away he decided the hair didn’t go with his new 80’s music vibe so he cut it short and also got getting rid of the hat. I’m loving this new style which some have said early Johnny Depp look!
His new album Electric Light was released on the 18th May. He’s slowly been releasing tracks from this new collection of song and one of my favourites is this gorgeous song Us which is today’s Music Monday. The song still has that undeniable delicate James Bay sound with gospel choir, soulful lyrics and that stomping beat. It definitely has a particular 80’s vibe with the erupting sound of the steel guitar and the strings. His voice more amazing in real life and is just as soulful as his debut but you can clearly tell he’s pulling from influencers such as 80’s hero’s Bowie, Prince, Frank Ocean and film sound tracks from the times too.
This double denim wearing chap starts his European tour tomorrow, 29th May at RoundHouse, London. What a cool venue to start at, and to a sold out audience too. If you have a ticket, you’re going to have a blast!
Take a listen to the tracks below and let me know your thoughts in the comments below or over on Twitter. Happy Listening!
Hope you had a lovely weekend and if you watched the Royal Wedding then celebrated fittingly. In light of the beautiful wedding and Meghan and Harry being so in love, I thought I would choose a love song with a bit of a difference for this weeks Music Monday. It features Anne- Marie as she takes a look back down memory lane with her latest release 2002. It was co- written with Ed Sheeran, Benny Blanco, Julia Michaels, and Steve Mac. Originally not a song she planned to release but with Sheerans persistence, she agreed.
It’s a love song about getting with and looking back on a childhood friendship that turned to a relationship. She reminisceces on 2002 using some of the music that was around then by including lyrics from songs from Britney Spears, N’Sync, Dr Dre, Nelly and Jay-Z. The video includes her remaking her own versions of small sections from their videos too.
The song and the video includes some comedy, a great voice, fab lyrics and a catchy chorus. It’s so catchy in fact, I’ve had it in my head ever since I heard it on the radio. Take a listen for yourself and let me know your thoughts in the comments below or over on Twitter.
Happy Music Monday, I hope you’ve had a great weekend watching Eurovision and listening too your favourite music.
This weeks Music Monday is a new and recent release from Ariana Grande. It’s the first from her new album, Sweetener her forth studio compilation and her first since last years devastating events in Manchester. What a song to come back with. It’s inspiring really. No Tears Left To Cry is a typical pop song showing off Grandes vocal ability and is about the moment that you decide to keep going. It’s an incredibly uplifting song especially the chorus even though it has a somewhat melancholy feel to it. The song stays in your head long after you heard it and her voice is amazing. I also love the video, it’s so unusual in every scene. It reminds me of a movie with cameras flying around creating optical illusions.
The song has already hit the top 5 in most of the countries that it’s been released in including America and UK. So Sit back have a listen and let me know what you think in the comments below or over on Twitter.
Happy Music Monday! I hope you’ve been enjoying the scorching bank holiday weather! I certainly have, giving the garden some much needed TLC as well as attending a beautiful wedding.
It’s been a weekend for reflection, and this week’s track comes from an old favourite in a new form. I’ve been a big fan of Jack and Eliza, and really enjoyed their 2015 album Gentle Warning. The New York duo were stripped back and raw, featuring just two guitars and their barbershop style harmonic vocals. It was different worked really well, and I’ve been waiting for what seems like forever for new music from them.
Finally the wait is over, they’re back but as part of a band called Purr, which features a fuller sound with addition of bass, keyboard and drums.
Purr released a two track EP this past February with the promise of plenty more songs to come. I’ve picked out the track Painted Memory, which features that classic Jack and Eliza songwriting and vocal sound, but bigger and bolder.
Check it out below, and be sure to hop on Twitter and let me know what music has been in your playlist this week.
Happy Monday! Since One Direction officially went on their hiatus in early 2016, the members have all released their own music. Niall Horan is the most recent to do so and is currently on tour with his album Flicker and after the success of This Town and Slow hands, She’s on the Loose is set to be just as successful. It’s the forth single from the current album and if you love pop music it’s one to look out for.
It has a standard pop beat with definite Sting, Maroon 5 and Nick Jonas vibes. Nothing wrong with enjoying a little easy listening music and this is really that. It has a summer feel to it and I can hear this being played a lot when the weather starts heating up.
Let me know what’s been on your playlist this week over on Twitter.
Happy Music Monday! This weekend has been a scorcher, absolutely incredible weather for May! I spent a lot of time at the beach in one of my favourite getaways with my husband and his family. Spending so much time outdoors I didn’t get too much time to discover new music these past few days, so I’m going back to an old favourite for this week’s track.
The band in the spotlight are The Walters – a 5 piece from Chicago who rose to fame quickly after recording an EP in their bedroom. After being featured by Spotify in their Viral 50 playlist, they released a few more singles before heading out to play the famous Lollapalooza festival in the states.
Unfortunately the band broke up last year, but that first EP Songs for Dads is a solid favourite of mine, so I’ve picked out my favourite track I love You So. It’s a heartwarming song that’s as short as it is sweet, and I love the singer Luke Olson’s voice.
Take a listen to the track below and hop on Twitter and let me know what music you’ve been getting into lately.
Happy Music Monday! The weather is getting warmer – it’s going to break 20 degrees this week! Spotify must know, because it suggested this little gem by a band called Summer Salt to me.
A group are 3-piece from Austin, Texas whose influences include old Bossa Nova tunes mixed with more contemporary artists, and I can hear a little bit of Wild Nothing, Broncho and Paracosm-era Washed Out in there too. It all makes for some seriously laid back summer rock for lazy days in the garden or an a sunny drive to the coast for the weekend.
I’ve picked out their track Sweet To Me, one of their older tunes from their first EP, a track with some beautiful vocal harmonies and really heartwarming lyrics about summer love, the excitement of those first few weeks of dating and the unbearable feeling of missing that person when they’re not around.
Take a listen below and hop on Twitter to let me know what you think of the track. And if you want to hear more from Summer Salt, head of over to their Bandcamp page where you can stream or download their songs.