Courtesy Of: The Empty Threats

Courtesy Of: The Empty Threats

Hello hello hello!

It’s been a bit of a hot minute since I’ve shared a post here, but I promise, I can explain. University for some reason decided to actually test me a little, and I’ve been bombarded with assignments I didn’t even know I actually had. As well as university, I’m well into completing my 80 hours of work placement every Wednesday, which I am loving, however it does mean that the one free day of the week that I previously had is filled.

On a super excited note, I also came back from BluesFest on the 23rd of April, having spent close to a week in sunny Byron Bay, NSW for the music festival, so you can definitely expect a post about that coming soon.

However, this is a Courtesy Of post, one of my favourites to share with you all, so it’s time to introduce our guests!!

Today’s playlist is Courtesy Of Adelaide four-piece, The Empty Threats, an experimental rock band. The band released their debut EP ‘Ablutions’ back in March, and wrapped up the last of two tour dates this month!

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The Empty Threats were lovely enough to send me their top ten favourite songs at the moment, as well as why they love them! So for once, you guys get a chance to hear it straight from the artist themselves!

Pond – Giant Tortoise: We love the way this song changes direction so rapidly, the hard hitting chorus and the washy verse fold together so perfectly. That chorus really gets us going.

Boogarins – Tempo: We couldn’t miss out our favorite Brazilian Psych-Rock boys. The way this song holds you right in its hand throughout the dramatic pauses and psychedelic explosions is full on, we love playing our interpretation of this song at shows on occasion.

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – Marmalade March: This hefty Perth-based outfit is a great example of what modern Psych-Rock is. delay effects falling perfectly in place, guitar tones moulding together like they’ve been brought up in the same household, and a driving and washy drum performance to take it up a notch while
holding it all together.

King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard – Hot Water: We can’t go past King Gizz, three guitars taking off in different directions paired nicely with a sit back drum beat and a consistent drone from the bass. Not to mention the flute. never forget the woodwind.

Joy Division – Atmosphere: This is one for our singer, the instruments sit exactly where they need to in this one by Joy Division. The raw feel of the vocals is everything it needs to be, not overshadowed by any other part, but taking control and taking you on a ride.

The Drones – To Think I Once Loved You: This song is probably something that is more of a reference for the darker moments in our EP. It’s another example of how the vocal performance drives the whole song, the huge impact of the lead vocal is only backed up by the rest of the band, it never gets lost.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Anemone: The honesty of this song is really something that we love, there’s not a huge amount of processing and you can feel how organic the performances are. The guitar part isn’t perfect, but it creates a dynamic exactly as it should.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Fingertips: We had to put two songs in from these guys, the honesty and the overall organic feeling is second to none. We love the way that the dynamics of this song are so heavily implicated by such small percussion parts, like the tambourine and the shaker. We try and use a bit of extra percussion here and there in our recordings, mostly through the desire to be like these guys.

Tame Impala – Apocalypse Dreams: This song has a way of keeping us coming back, even after years of having this album on repeat in my car. The overall production and ambition of the track is completely reflective of what we love about Tame Impala.

Melody’s Echo Chamber – I Follow You: We love the soft vocal and the way rest of the instruments feel as though they follow the vocal throughout this song. This song really is the perfect way to settle in, Melody gently walks you into each chorus with an incredible sense of harmony.

So there you have it! I had a great time listening to the songs The Empty Threats shared, such a diverse but cohesive collection of tunes. Let me know if you love any of these songs in the comments below!

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Make sure you have a listen ‘Ablutions‘ which I’ve linked for you to make it all the more easier! I’m still struggling to pick between Magnolia and Loss of Breath as a top favourite from the four tracks,  but you can make a decision for yourselves! If you like what you hear, make sure you check them out on Instagram, BandCamp and Facebook.

x

Priya

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Courtesy Of: My Mum

Courtesy Of: My Mum

Hello hello! Today’s post is one that I’ve been waiting a little while to bring to you all, and that’s a Courtesy Of, brought to you by the final member of my family, my favourite human to ever exist mother. I managed to snag a quick moment with my mum when she joined me on the couch upstairs as I was scheduling up some posts, so opening up this fresh baby, I demanded her ten favourite songs and she was super duper excited to share some tunes with me.

Wait, let me check my Spotify.” 

We love a Spotify savvy queen.

Crazy – Patsy Cline: I don’t care what anyone says, this song deserves to be up there with the classics. Whenever I hear it I get violent flashbacks to waking up late on a Saturday morning, before I started working and was out of the house by 8:30, and hearing this song playing in the backyard while mum hung out the washing. It was a tradition.

Nine Million Bicycles – Katie Melua: My mum is so passionate about Katie Melua, it’s not a joke. This is probably her favourite song, and I can’t count how many times I’ve been driving with her in the car and this song comes on, and I’m forced to stay absolutely silent for the entirety of the 3:17 minutes it goes on for. That said, it’s a beautiful.

Ave Maria – Aaron Neville: Can’t say this was ever a version of the song I was familiar with, but mum’s mad about it. Apparently she loved Aaron Neville.

Don’t Know Why – Norah Jones: This one is a shared favourite. We’ve both loved Norah Jones for years, and mum definitely influenced me on that. Norah is another voice who I grew up listening to, so I’m all about her and her songs. This is definitely a favourite.

I Dreamed A Dream – Susan Boyle: Susan Boyle. An icon.

Haven’t Met You Yet – Michael Buble: I dare you to listen to this song and not smile??? Mum’s always loved Michael Buble, she has his CD in the car that she got an op shop for 50 cents, and regardless of the fact that we hardly listen to CD’s in the car anymore, that CD never leaves.

Valerie – Amy Winehouse: This song is a song everyone knows, and for good reason. It’s a classic.

Songbird – Kenny G: We all love a good saxophone in my family and obviously Kenny G is the go-to for that.

Havana – Pentatonix: Mum loves Pentatonix. Everyone knows Mum loves Pentatonix. She has all their albums on Spotify, and while I used to hear Patsy Cline and Norah Jones on Saturday and Sunday mornings while I was younger, it’s transitioned to Pentatonix and I’m not mad about it. This song is one of the funkier ones in my opinion.

NO – Meghan Trainor: Regardless of what I think of Meghan Trainor, I can’t lie and say this song isn’t a bop. It’s such a tune musically, and you can’t help but bob your head while listening to it.

So that’s some of my mum’s favourite songs. It’s a good mix, so many songs from my childhood, and I love majority of these songs too, definitely not as much as she does though.

x

Priya

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