I know I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I’m looking to feature more music on this blog in the future, and I was intending to start regularly writing about it in the New Year, but sat at my desk today I asked myself what on earth I was waiting for? I’m at a point in my life now where I seriously need to start grabbing life by the balls and living, as I’ve held back on things for far too long.
This may all sound super serious and deep considering I’m just going to be doing a post about my current favourite albums tonight, but I’m sure you know what it’s like when you sit down to write and the words just pour from your fingertips with no way of really stopping them. This is why I like writing so much for a living – to me the whole process of putting pen to paper (metaphorically in this case) is so cathartic.
But anyway! On to the music! I’m currently listening to four artists on absolute repeat, and for various different reasons. I’m sure at least one of them you’ll have heard of before, but I’m hoping that if you haven’t checked any of them out before, you’ll give them a go. Each are incredibly different and utterly amazing in their own right. I’m not going to be going too in depth as to why I’ve chosen these artists, as two of them in particular hold very personal and emotional places in my heart that I don’t think are really right for this blog, but I will give a short overview of each of their individual sounds and my favourite tracks on the albums.
1. The 1975 “IV EP” – my favourite of all their EP’s and even over the album itself, this EP is the one I turn to when I’m in need of something to help curb my anxiety. It’s a much softer sound than their self-titled debut in my opinion, and with a much more abstract feel. It makes me think of winter nights in the city with all the lights blending into one, laughing with my friends and going to gigs before spilling out onto the streets in a riot of colour and noise and life. Listen to ‘So Far (It’s Alright)’.
2. Neck Deep “Rain in July” – this was the band’s debut studio EP, and I can honestly say I am so proud to know that they come from so close to my little hometown. To know that people can escape here and actually make it big is so comforting, and I couldn’t wish for a better band to have done it. I used to be friends with Ben’s brother Seb, so even though we haven’t spoken in years I still feel a fond attachment to the band in a funny way. Their upbeat vocals and general pop-punk awesomeness cheers me up every time I listen to them, and they’re a pretty great band to work out to as well! Listen to ‘A Part of Me ft Laura Whiteside’
3. Front Porch Step “Aware” – Front Porch Step’s sound is one I have only discovered this summer, but one that has captivated me ever since. Every word that he sings is so raw and emotional and I feel like I can totally relate to every lyric that he writes, simply because he weaves such a vivid picture of great romance and heartbreak. Not one to listen to when you’ve gone through a breakup, but definitely a strong soundtrack for getting on with life. Listen to ‘Drown’.
4. Enter Shikari “The Last Garrison” – now this one isn’t actually an album, it’s the first single from their forthcoming fourth studio album which is released early next year, and I absolutely cannot wait for it. I have been a huge fan of theirs since the Myspace days, with their first EP dropping around ’03/’04 and every single release of theirs since has just been so incredible. I cannot even start to begin to describe what this band means to me so I won’t even try. Give them a listen, they are incredible and their message is so important.
So that about wraps it up for tonight. A very wordy post from me for a change but one that I have really enjoyed writing. There will be more music on the blog in the future, along with some of my photography and original artwork as well I hope, but tomorrow we’ll be back to the clothes again!