III by The Lumineers

III by The Lumineers

Hello friends.

I hope you’re all well and enjoying your weeks, as far into the week as you are whenever you’re reading this post.

Today I wanted to speak about an album that I wasn’t really sure I was going to enjoy when I first realised I had to listen to it. For that to make sense, I’ll have to share a little bit about what I’m doing with my life at the moment, and that’s contributing writing to arguably Melbourne’s most loved freely distributed music magazine, Beat. Feel free to have a Google and see if you can spot any of my writing!

Anyway, amongst reviewing concerts and interviewing an artist every now and then, one of the other things I get to do is listen to new albums and review them for the fortnightly album review section of the mag. I put my hand up to have a listen to the recent Lumineers album, III, and was lucky enough to get it.

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If you’ve read a few of my other posts or checked out any of my playlists, you’d know that I enjoy a couple of songs from the band, namely Sleep On The Floor, which I’ll forever and always be in love with, but I wasn’t sure what to expect.

That said, I was beautifully surprised, shocked, and incredibly moved. I nearly got emotional several times while listening through the album.

The album follows the story of a fictional family, the Sparks, and it depicts the struggle and evolution of this family having to live with a member fighting an addiction, and how that impacts the various members of the family. It’s a harrowing story and while it’s not a topic I’m incredibly close to personally, it made me really emotional.

There’s so much that I respect The Lumineers for, sonically, especially. Wesley Shultz has one of my favourite voices ever, and his vocal performance only amplifies the emotion and empathy behind all the lyrics in each song.

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They also tread the line of allowing the album to really live and become energetic in songs like Gloria and Leader of The Landslide. I love how some of the songs sit so gently in your chest, either gently strumming a guitar or a melody on the piano, while others really hit you in the gut, songs like Life In The City and Jimmy Sparks. I also really enjoyed listening to the different parts of the story and understanding the story of how the family unfolds. The entire record really allows you to build this cinematic movie within the music and a really clear story that can only really be put together once you’ve listened to the album in it’s entirety.

highly recommend you read the album review done by Atwood Magazine on each song, their meanings and the intricacy within the album, You can read that HERE.

This was such a beautiful album to listen to, it’s already been saved and playlisted on my Spotify. An absolute gem of a release.

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Priya

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Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 15

Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 15

Hello friends.

Hope you’ve all been well and enjoying some good music. Today’s post is an old favourite, a good old music dump.

I say this all the time but these posts are both the easiest and nicest posts to share with you all because they take little to no effort but the process is so enjoyable. What’s not to like about going through one of my favourite playlists and picking a few new, undiscovered gems to share with you all?

Here’s some songs you might not know, but definitely should!

tear myself apart – Tate McRae
What If – Amber Mark
On My Mind – SODA, Jesse Ravlen
Cigar – Tamino
Manufactured Love – Michael Blume
Mona Lisa – Valntn, Tray Haggerty, Peter Fenn
Maybe – Mae Muller
All The Snow Is Gone – Sniffle Party 
Love For Me – Empress Of
Friend – Molly Millington
Come My Way – JSPH
Eye for an Eye – SiDizen King, The Strike
Sorrows – BLESSED
EX – Ojikae
Chastain – Del Water Gap

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Priya

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August Tunes

August Tunes

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all well and good.

Probably should preface this post by apologising for my severe lack of posts this month. It was a hectic one to say the least. There was a lot going on (gigs, university, my 21st, music production), and writing blog posts genuinely disappeared from my mind for a solid four weeks. That said, I hope you enjoyed my recap of the Childish Gambino concert, which you can read HERE if you missed it. 

Otherwise, let’s get into the music I was listening to during August!! It was another great month for music for me personally, I discovered a bunch of new tunes to add to my playlists, and rediscovered some old favourites. Let me know how you month turned out, I’d love to hear any recommendations!!

 

Movie – Tom Misch:  This song is hardly new, it’s been around for a little bit, but I’ve only just taken the time to genuinely listen to it and enjoy just how musically gifted Tom Misch is, not that it’s any surprise. I’ve featured his music here on the blog since the beginning of time, and he recently performed this song during his NPR Tiny Desk concert, and it was a treat. A great way to spend my Friday night. If you missed the Instagram story, check out my social media below so you can get onto it!

Crew – GoldLink, Brent Faiyaz, Shy Glizzy: This song was stumbled upon while I was on YouTube, the intro’s been used in a few people’s intro’s recently, and I’m not that mad at it. The rest of the song is definitely just as good, and it was a great asset to my latest playlist creation, velvet, which you can listen to HERE.

One Night Only – Sonder: This song is another incredibly smooth one. I feel like August was the month for really smooth, slow jams for me personally, and I’m so down for it. This song in particular was very random for me, I’ve never heard of Sonder, or this song before, and I’m slightly mad about it, especially considering Brent Faiyaz, one of my latest obsession, leads the group with his vocals. I don’t know where this song has been all my life, but I appreciate it being here now.

Indigo Night – Tamino: Tamino did an NPR Tiny Desk performance, which is how he appeared on my feed. There’s something so incredibly calming about watching him perform, as quite a few people in the comments mention, he’s got a bit of a Jeff Buckley vibe to him and I love it. I also love the little Arabic influences in his music, it makes it so different and unique. I’m only just diving into his catalogue, but this song has been included in several playlists.

Ride It – Regard: Look. I didn’t begin watching TikTok compilations for the art. It was ironic. I was trying to make fun of my sister. But here I am, a month later, stuck in an endless cycle of TikTok compilation videos on YouTube, and it doesn’t seem to be getting better. The shining like at the end of the tunnel though, is that sometimes, on some rare occasions, TikTok shares some great tunes, especially remixes, and this is definitely one of them. If you’ve been on TikTok or even meme Instagram in the last month, you’ll recognise this song.

Simmer – Mahalia, Burna Boy: Another absolute tune from Mahalia, but at this point, we aren’t really surprised. Burna Boy is a new one from me, but I’m seeing him pop up everywhere, see below for his song with angel gal Jorja Smith.

Be Honest – Jorja Smith, Burna Boy: As much as I love Jorja Smith, Simmer is definitely my favourite out of these two Burna Boy features, but that’s not to say this one isn’t fantastic too. I’m loving the groovier side to Jorja on this one, definitely a bit different compared to songs like Teenage Fantasy or Blue Lights, especially compared to Goodbyes, but I’m welcoming it with open arms, cos it suits her perfectly.

Indigo – Chris Brown: This is nothing new. It came out a little while ago, but August really gave me the time to get into it. Something about Chris Brown always gives me nostalgia for the year I turned 18, not long ago, only two years ago, and started going out with my friends. He’s still releasing really addictive tunes. Just a tune. That’s all I have to say.

Holding The Gun – Sabrina Claudio: I’m convinced the only thing flowing through Sabrina Claudio’s body is honey. She’s so bloody smooth. Her voice is genuinely like velvet, and I can’t get enough of it. This song is beautiful, and steadily becoming one of my favourite Sabrina songs.

Motivation – Normani: Yo. How did Fifth Harmony ever get by with this woman not leading the group?? I swear everyone on Twitter lost their minds when the music video dropped (it’s art), and I’ve never seen so many people online so ultimately united by one female artist. It was beautiful.

over and over – sky: I discovered this song while watching Volume 3 of ‘Dear White People’ – I have even more questions at the end of that volume than I did the first two – and I fell in love with. Again, just a slanky, smooth, old school RnB joint. It’s perfection.

Don’t Kill My Vibe – Sigrid: Not a new song by any means at all, but for some reason it popped into my head randomly, and I was stuck singing it around the house for an entire week. The chorus is just so energetic and wholesome, I really need to get around to listening to some more Sigrid.

Fool For You – Snoh Aalegra: I’ve been obsessing over this song ever since I randomly clicked it on Spotify. If you haven’t checked out my Spotify by now, a) why? and b) you should do that, check the links below, but it’s been added to a fair few of my playlists. It’s such a calming song, her voice and the guitar and how minimal it all is, and also may or may not feature in a lil cover I did of it on my Instagram…

 

 

The Wilhelm Scream – James Blake: I can’t for the life of me, remember where I heard this song, but it’s changed my life. I’m no stranger to James Blake and the genius that he is, but I’m shocked it’s taken me this long to hear this particular song. It’s so atmospheric and cinematic, I’d liken it to something like The Maze by Manchester Orchestra which featured in my July Tunes. This song is so bloody calming, despite how organic and dynamic it is, I can never listen to it just once.

Hazy – SODA, Yuto.: I’m Insta acquaintances with the brother’s who make up the Yuto. duo, and I have to say, this is my absolute favourite song that they’ve released. Easily. It’s right up my alley, and it’s made a SODA fan out of me.

Disco Yes – Tom Misch, Poppy Ajudha: Another Tom Misch song. Since watching his NPR Tiny Desk, August has indeed been the month of Misch. Clearly I don’t have an issue with it. This song is steadily becoming my favourite song he’s ever written, and I’m desperate for my band to get their hands on this. It’s such a good time, I don’t know how you couldn’t not smile listening to that bass line. Song of the month.

Movie Screen – Tommy Newport: I rediscovered this song while going through my playlist, songs you should probably hear on Spotify and I had to add it to my 365//2019 playlist. It’s so good. Tommy’s vocals, the bass line, the vibe.

Naked – Sedric Perry: Funny story with this one. I was at work, and had to venture to the other half of the store, when I overheard the first ten seconds of this song. I was disgusted in the best possible way and ran to the computer to find out what it was. Somehow, it was on a Pulp Fiction soundtrack by accident, because it was really the odd one out on the playlist, but God was looking out for me that day, because I am in love with this song. Stanky vocals and insane beats. Treat yourself.

 

 

That’s what I was listening to in August. It was a fun month of me, it usually always is – what were you listening to? Please feel free to share any discoveries or recommendations in the comments! I’d love to know what you guys were enjoying too!

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Priya

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Very Specific Pt. 17

Very Specific Pt. 17

Hello friends! Hope we are all well.

Today’s post is one we are all familiar with my now. It’s a very specific playlist. Today’s very specific playlist is dedicated to those particular moments when you feel like running without stopping.

I don’t know if this is just me, but there are just some times when you feel like running. It could be cos you’re stressed out, angry, upset, need to stretch your legs or feel particularly enthused by a song that’s come on shuffle. Whatever the reason, I’m almost certain you’ll be able to envision that moment with one of these, in not all, of these songs in your ears.

If you take a quick glance before listening, it’s obvious they’re all super different from each other, which is why this was a really fun playlist for me to make, because it crosses a bunch of genres and styles, yet each one fits perfectly in my opinion.

Let me know what you think!

Home - Dotan Dirty Paws - Of Monsters and Men Holding On For Life - Ellie Goulding Stuck - The Aces Candles - Daughter i - Kendrick Lamar Do You Remember - Jarryd James Venus Fly - Grimes, Janelle Monae Resolution -

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Songs I Wish I Wrote

Songs I Wish I Wrote

Hello friends!! Hope you’re well and doing grand.

Today’s post is an interesting one, it’s one I’ve had in my Drafts for a while, and I’ve finally gotten around to working on it and getting out for you guys! The beauty of university break my friends.

Every now and then I listen to a song, and I’m astounded. Like picking my jaw of the floor, tears in my eyes, shooketh to my core. There are simply some songs I wish I wrote first, so I thought I’d collect a few of them for you all and share them in today’s post!

Let me know if you enjoy this post in the comments below.


Human – Jon Bellion: Now, surely you didn’t think we’d be getting through this list without some Jon Bellion? I still remember listening to this song, continuously gasping at all the things Jon says in it. The lyrics are so bloody straightforward – it honestly blew my mind that he was so courageous so say what he does in the song. It’s such a simple message, but I would have been so terrified to release it into the world. This song is in my top five songs from Jon Bellion.

Circle – Allen Stone: It took me some time to come across this song while making my way through my Allen Stone binge back in April, but once I found it, I obsessed over it for a solid month. The chorus is the strongest part of this song for me. Allen’s voice is also incredible strong in this song.

It Runs Through Me – Tom Misch: Tom Misch is a genius and no-one can convince me otherwise. I first listened to this song properly while watching his COLORS performance of it, and I was naturally, astounded. My only issue is that his incredible solo from the video isn’t included in the recorded version as he only did it to fill in for the lack of rap from De La Soul in the COLORS version. This song, is technically so impressive. If I had any theoretical knowledge, this song would be the benchmark.

I’ll Still Have Me – Cyn: I stumbled across this song totally randomly, the music video was recommended for me a few months ago, but I’m so glad I found it. It has such a beautiful message, and I love Cyn’s voice so much.

Never Knock – Kevin Garrett: Kevin Garrett will forever be one of the most underrated artists of all time in my mind. I heard this song first as an acoustic version, with just him, playing a guitar in front a completely silent crowd. Again, he’s technically such a strong performer, but this song game me such emotional chills when I first heard it. There’s really not a lot to this song, other than Kevin’s amazing skill to pull together really heavy, heavy words and ideas in the most delicate way. This song really exemplifies this.

Mine – The 1975: I love The 1975, but this song, this song really does it for me. Close your eyes, and you’re walking through New York, into a dark, warm jazz bar with a guy playing the piano at the back and it’s the cosiest song I’ve ever listened to. And the entire idea of the song, that marriage isn’t the defining feature of love, you don’t have to legally own someone to be theirs, I think it’s such a beautiful sentiment. And when that brush stick starts hitting the snare drum and the saxophone kicks in??? Thank you Lord.

The Heart Is A Muscle – Gang Of Youths: GOY have this knack for writing spiritually enlightening music, that demands you bang your head and scream along to the lyrics like you’re at a heavy metal concert. To date, listening to this song in the mosh pit for Gang of Youths with my two best friends, was the most therapeutic thing I’ve ever experienced. This song says so much, but it’s really the instrumentation and the music and most importantly the performance of this song that makes me wish I had the talent or heart to come up with it first.

Sleep On The Floor – The Lumineers: This is my road trip song. This is the road trip I’m yet to take but have committed to, whether I’m on my own or with a group of friends or with my family, it doesn’t really matter to be honest. This song invokes so much within me, and it’s not a genre I find myself listening to often, but The Lumineers know how to get me going.

Miracle Love – Matt Corby: By now, we should know the love I have for this man and his music. His music is so cathartic and emotional, and this song is one of my favourites. Watching him perform it live was magical.

Love On The Brain – Rihanna: This song made me wish I wrote it first for how it just digs deep into the archives of classic instrumentation, leaning back into a blues/gospel sort of genre that I’ve always loved. Rihanna’s performance of it is also insanity.

Gravity – John Mayer: A classic. An absolute classic that cannot be touched. I’ve yet to find a version of this, a single cover, that touches the original. First off, it’s John Mayer, and he has a super distinct tone to his voice that has aged so, so, well. And then you have to consider that not only does John Mayer sing, but so does his bloody guitar, and his playing style is so intrinsic to this song in particular. Lyrically, it’s not super complicated and I think that’s why so many people love it.

I’ve Couldn’t Be More In Love – The 1975: Another 1975 song. I know. This song is like the best possible 80s love song got reimagine and repurposed for right now, and I love it so much. There’s nothing that can quite compare to the keys in this song, and Matty’s singing in the chorus is possibly my favourite vocal performance from him ever. Especially towards the end with the choir, when he really kicks off. So great. So beautiful.

Bright – Kehlani: A real throwback from the mixtapes. This song was super powerful for me later in my teenage years. It came out in 2015, and for majority of that year and the year after, this song was a really inspiring song for me, one I referenced back to for so many issues and struggles. It’s got such a universal message and of course Kehlani’s voice is always magical.

Boys Will Be Boys – Stella Donnelly: This is my favourite song from Beware of The Dogs. My absolute favourite, and it’s the one that made the most waves when she first released. It’s a huge critique of societal culture and the complacency and double standards show towards the raising and treatment of girls and boys. It’s such a gutsy move to release a song as blunt as BWBB but she does it so beautifully. There’s no theatrics with this song, just a guitar and Stella’s voice and it’s perfect.


There you go! Let me know if you’ve listened to any of these songs, before or after reading my post, because I’d love to get your thoughts on it! Are there any songs you wish you had written? Feel free to share them in the comments!

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Priya

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Festify – The Next Move

Festify – The Next Move

Hello friends.

I hope you’re all well.

Today’s post is an interesting one, pretty fun actually.

Recently I was looking at my stats, and saw that a lot of people were still reading the posts I did about Visualify, a website that gave you visual rundown of the music you listened to on Spotify, within much smaller time frames. It was a great alternative compared to waiting until the end of the year for your Spotify Wrapped. (Btw – you can check out mine HERE).

Unfortunately, the Visualify website has been down for a few months now. Upon seeing that quite a few of you were still clicking my Visualify link and reading the posts, I thought I’d share the alternative I’ve found, for the alternative I had.

Enter, Festify.

Festify basically has the same premise as Visualify, however, they’ve put a fun little twist on it. While it only shows your most listened to artists, rather than most listened to songs as well, they present it as your ultimate festival line-up, tailored to everyone’s listening habits, based on time frames of a month, six months and all time.

I think the best way to explain, is to show you how mine shaped up.

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That’s how my festival line-ups look so far!! Wanna check out yours? Head to Festify HERE to check it out! Let me know in the comments how your line-up looks!

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Priya

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June Tunes

June Tunes

Hello friends. I hope you’ve all had a great month. I know I had a pretty decent June. I finished up uni for the semester, submitted my last assignment, wrote a bunch of new songs (released a new one too) got to hang out with my friends, PLUS, discovered a bunch of new songs obviously.

Here’s what I was listening to in June.

Never Say Die – CHVRCHES: So I’m only slightly sorry for getting in the mosh pit and passionately yelling out this band’s name, pronouncing the ‘V’ clear as day at Falls Festival at the start of the year/end of last year. Since getting to hear them at the festival I’ve been hearing them around more and more, and this song stuck out to me this month as I got to hear it heaps on the radio at work.

The Less I Know The Better – Tame Impala: I had a 21st this month, where the playlist included some of the grooviest tunes ever, including this one. I’ve always known Tame Impala, purely because Kevin is a genius, but up until now I’ve never had a favourite song. This song is forever stuck in my head since hearing it at the party. It’s such a good tune.

Sally -Thundamentals, Mataya: This is another song I heard at work, as soon as I heard it I had to find out what it was, and I was only slightly surprised that it was Thundamentals. It’s such a groovy tune, very old school, which is what hooked me in straight away.

Confidence – Ocean Alley: For the last six or seven months now, my friend Daniel and I have been performing acoustic covers as well as a couple of originals at a bar and beer garden in our area where a bunch of uni students hang out, and this was added to the list this month. It’s proved popular, for obvious reasons. It was No. 1 on the Triple J Hottest 100 for 2018, so there’s that.

The Maze – Manchester Orchestra: I’d like to proclaim this song my discovery of the month. It’s been a long, long time since a song has moved me as much as this song did. Think Sleep On The Ground by The Lumineers, or I Need You by M83, but super raw and rustic in the best way possible. I’d like to thank The Society for bringing this song into my life.

Parachute – AM!R: Speaking of Netflix shows that deliver amazing music, On My Block gave me this absolute stellar. It’s definitely on the smoother, RnB side of things, but it’s perfect for the show, and it really hits you in the gut when it gets into the swing of it.

Compromise. – Phony Ppl: I found this song while watching the NPR Tiny Desk episode this band did. Such a funky band, this song has Earth, Wind & Fire potential, I’m telling you. Watch out.

Washed Out – The Grogans: I got to interview these dudes to a magazine I write for, and they were the coolest guys ever. Literally like talking to some mates from high school. Funnily enough, we discovered that I actually did a class with one of them at their school where I attended an extra class in 2014-2015. This song is keeping me going until Summer, and if you’re looking for some incredible surf-rock, infused with a decent dose of reggae and blues, check out The Grogans.

Window To The Sky – Kim Churchill: Again, I got to see Kim Churchill live to review the show for the magazine, and despite not being too familiar with him before picking up the piece, I left the show totally in love. He literally sat on stage playing the harmonica, the guitar, a kick drum and a tambourine pedal all on his own. Oh, and singing like an angel.

Hold Me Back – Hayden James, Boy Matthew: Hayden James finally dropped his album, and he did not disappoint. He’s featured Boy Matthew on heaps of his songs, and I love the guys vocals, so this one was sure to deliver, and deliver it did. Such a great tune, I’ve been blasting this while getting ready for a night out, or while cleaning my room, while making breakfast, really I’ve just been playing this song nonstop.

Want Me Back – BENEE: Another favourite here on the blog, BENEE released this in preparation for her EP which is finally, finally coming out. I’ve literally been waiting for this since she released Tough Guy last year. This song is such a step away from her bass heavy, alternative RnB/pop singles she’s released, and I’m loving it. It’s still cohesive with the rest of the songs she has out, but it’s very different and I’m obsessed.

Better – Mac Ayres: Again, the favourites really pulling through this month. Mac Ayres released Better, and I’m even more in love with his voice than I already was. That’s about it.

Rolling Into One – Jordan Rakei: Jordan Rakei. Jordan, Jordan, Jordan. Rakei also released an album, after much waiting, and he’s really pulled through. Jordan’s one of the most talented musicians I can think of, and this entire album is like all of his talent and skill and funk rolled into one. Definitely check out Jordan and his album, Origins. It’s filled with amazing songs, but Rolling into One is my personal favourite.

Baby, Baby, Baby – Aretha Franklin: A classic. An absolute gem. I rediscovered this song again, through The Society. I love this song so much. Such a smooth track, and Aretha’s voice plus the harmonies in the back can do no wrong. Continuously in awe of this woman.

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It’s not really part of the favourites cos while I’m a narcissist, I can read a situation, but I thought I’d include a special lil tune that came out this month…mine!

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My second single for the year, Same Wine, came out in June on the 21st, and I’ve been so grateful for all the friends, especially those of you gems from my blogging family, who’ve shared the song, passed on their love for it and been so supportive towards me. If you’d like to listen to Same Wine, you can stream it on Spotify, SoundCloud and literally everywhere else!!

That’s my June Tunes!! I hope you enjoyed this post – let me know if you discovered any new faves from the list!

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Priya

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