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Playlist- I open at the close.

Some of the songs I’ve been listening to lately…

  • The Call by Regina Spektor
  • Down the Line by Julia and the Doogans
  • Renegades by X Ambassadors
  • Dreams by The Cranberries
  • Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap
  • Unsteady (Erich Lee Gravity Remix) by X Ambassadors
  • Us by Regina Spektor
  • The Sound by The 1975
  • Nighlight by Silversun Pickups
  • Not Today by The Imagine Dragons
  • For Your Love by Josh Record

p.s I adore Regina Spektor, X Ambassadors and Julia and the Doogans. Please check them out 🙂

p.p.s Me Before You has a wonderful OST

 

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BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend

I absolutely love European music acts and I guess this is just another reason why I need to move there (especially the UK) because with such an amazing lineup, BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Glasgow looked and sounded amazing. It was my dream music festival with all my favourites sharing the stage. However much I really wanted to be there, I was content to watch via Youtube. Check it out 🙂

One Direction opened the gig with You and I

Ed Sheeran performed the loop pedal version of Don’t

 

The 1975 belted out their hit Chocolate

 

Katy Perry is captivating singing Dark Horse

 

Tinie Tempah’s performance of Children in the Sun shows just how awesome the crowd was

 

I have to say, they’re all amazing live.

3 Covers that are Better than the Originals

When a song becomes a huge hit, it’s usually a big blaring pop hit that’s upbeat and danceable to as the Top 40 demonstrates most of the time.

While I enjoy those types of songs, what I really look forward to is finding covers of them, excited about what other musicians can do.

The 3 covers I’m suggesting are slower versions of the originals which is perhaps why they are so captivating on their own so here they are:

1. What Makes You Beautiful by the 1975 (originally by One Direction)

I know we’ve all heard the pop version on the radio or at the store, to the point where it became severely overplayed and annoying. If you thought no one would be able to revamp WMYB then think again, because that’s exactly what The 1975 have done with 1D’s hit. Who knew it could sound so beautiful and tragic?

2. Applause by Sam Tsui (originally by Lady Gaga)

Although Lady Gaga’s version is wonderful, it doesn’t compare to Sam Tsui’s cover. It’s haunting, mysterious and sounds like an impending tragedy is about to occur and ironically about applause from the crowd. The use of the violin really makes it stand out.

 

3. We Found Love by Boyce Avenue (originally by Rihanna)

I don’t really think there is a song that Boyce Avenue couldn’t cover but this by far has to be one of my favourite of theirs.

 

Enjoy! 🙂

Music Review- The 1975

I’ve been listening to this album for a while now and it’s the best thing to listen to when writing, blogging or reading so I thought I’d write a review!

First off, The 1975 is a Manchester-based alternative/indie-rock band consisting of  Matthew Healy (vocals, guitar), Adam Hann (guitar), George Daniel (drums), and Ross MacDonald (bass).

The band is extremely talented, with Matt Healy’s unique vocals adding to their fantastic sound. In an era where pop culture dominates the Top 40 and iPods across the world,  The 1975 prove a point of their own: undiscovered gems or underrated musicians are the ones you ought to listen to, although at the rate they’re rising, they won’t be underrated any longer.

Massively popular in the UK, they are now touring with The Neighbourhood as their opening act. I’ve heard that The 1975 put on a great live show, blowing away the minds of the audience in the span of a few hours, not many complaining. All that without dancing half naked or choreographed dancing, how about that. No wonder because their eponymous, debut album is unwavering in musical quality, letting their music do all the talking.

Having a 1980’s sound, I particularly enjoyed listening to these songs off the album:

Chocolate

Their catchiest song by far, Chocolate is the notorious single that stole its fair share of attention from many listeners. A radio favourite, it is an upbeat tune with a dark undertone of a meaning beneath it. Chocolate is in fact, not chocolate at all and the euphemism-ridden lyrics about guns hidden under petticoats, a car smelling of chocolate and running away from the boys in the blue make for lyrical and hidden entertainment. Really listen to the lyrics and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

The City

Unlike everyone else who fell in love with this band over Chocolate, I discovered them by listening to The City. This one is more of drum based track, inspiring listeners to take some chances which will relate to those of us who are still trying to figure everything and ourselves out.

Healy explained, “It’s a love song I suppose – a love letter to the baffling cacophony that is teenage self exploration in places loud and inspiring.”

Just like the song’s lyric ‘If you want to find love, then you where the city is’ the same applies to the album. If you want to find good music, then you know where the album link is.

She Way Out

Although music critics have pegged this song down on account of its repetitiveness, I find it enjoyable for that very reason. This tune is a clear daylight example of what music in the 80’s would sound if it were infused with modernity. She Way Out is an up beat track like Chocolate; a pop injection about a girl with ‘a two-tone everything’ and ‘a face from a movie scene’.

Settle Down is another of my favourites, written based on Healy’s obsession with Michael Jackson, ultimately about the nonsensical dynamics of relationships, addictive and possessing.

Girls is a colourful song discrediting the significance of infatuation claiming, “They’re just girls.” On the other hand, Robbers is  an eerie and haunting tone, unique when compared to the rest of the tracks off the album.