Courtesy Of: Local Legend Tessa

Courtesy Of: Local Legend Tessa

Hello friends! I hope you’re all well and good, looking after yourself and the few around you.

Today’s post is one that we haven’t had in a while. I love sharing the music I listen to and want more people to hear, but a lot of the time the music I share is so skewed to my listening tastes and styles that so much goes unnoticed or missed. Thus, I began this post where I ask my friends and family who’s music taste I admire or who’s music taste is different from mine, to share their top ten songs at the moment!

I’ve done my entire family, my cousins, and a few of my friends, I’ve even done a few of the blogging gals like Mia, Fiona and Chloe. I’ve shared influencer’s favourite picks like Yasmin Suteja and other musicians like Will Heard and ABOUTAGIRL. However, today’s post comes to you, courtesy of local legend and one of my best friends, Tessa.

You may remember Tess from a few of my blog posts, such as my wrap-up from Laneway, but you should also know that Tessa has hands down, impeccable taste. She’s one of the only people who I can sit with and talk for literal hours about music with, so in the middle of our podcast debriefing and existential ranting I cheekily asked her to send through her favourite songs at the moment, and gal delivered.

Hope you like it!

big fat mouth – Airlie: I was definitely expecting this one. Tessa showed me this song last month on a lil road-trip and it was like listening to a song that was the audible embodiment of the girl herself. This song is so quintessentially Tessa, and it’s one of my favourite songs at the moment.

Futile Devices – Sujan Stevens: Such a good song. Make sure you’re listening to the original. While a remix of this tune was used for the Call Me By Your Name soundtrack, I feel like this one hits the mark a little bit better for me personally. I’ve not listened to these songs before writing out their little bits, so hearing them for the first time has been a bit of a trip. If I had to pick which of my close friends this song belonged to, I’d say Tessa hands down. It’s so gentle, and you’ve really got to listen for all the little nuances and the lyrics.

Shadow – Wild Nothing: So much of the music Tessa listens to is super light and nostalgic, and whenever she talks about music to me it’s like I’m listening to the soundtrack for a super beautiful indie teen movie. This song is probably the epitome of that to be honest.

Dopamine – DIIV: Again, super light and perfect for summer. Refer to the point above, that’s all.

Hot Rod – Dayglow: This is probably one of my favourite discoveries from this list, just because of how it mixes a lot of lo-fi sounds with typical indie guitar riffs and drum pockets. Plus the lyrics are super funky and interesting when you really listen to them.

Come On – Mikhael Paskalev: I love the tone of the guitar in this song so much. Like if Daniel Caesar’s guitar tone was one end of the spectrum for guitar tones that make me cry, this would be at the opposite end, and they both hit just as hard. Plus, the harmonies in this song are so airy and perfectly fitting. I don’t know why but this song makes me wish someone put it in an episode of Black Mirror??

Rocketman – Elton John: An absolute classic. I don’t necessarily trust anyone who doesn’t like this song. Something’s wrong with you.

Stonecutters – DOPE LEMON: There’s something about the banjo in this, mixed with the super reverb-y guitar and the singing that make this song so atmospheric. I reckon it would be perfect for running to as well.

Down the Line – Beach Fossils: I remember listening to Beach Fossils when I was a bit younger, and they still hit the same all this time later. Hitting indie rock bang on the head to be honest.

Paint Me Silver – Pond: I definitely remember Tessa showing me this song as well. I actually added it as my song for the day to my 365///2020 playlist on Spotify. It’s just a super light song, but there’s this synth line that goes on throughout it, entirely hypnotic and perfect the vibe. Plus, it feels like the song just grows and grows until you’ve not really realised how big the song really is and I love it.

x

Priya

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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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