5 Songs for This Week 12.02.18

Well if anyone was wondering how I cope with stress, the clear answer is not well. Before my first exam, I cut a fringe, which is possibly not something you should do without thinking about it, it’s always in my eyes and it’s uneven, and to be honest I’m not sure it suits me. I also started eating a weird number of grapefruits, which may not be due to stress, but just due to the fact that I was determined I hated them for so long and I’ve only just found out that I actually love them so I’m making up for two decades of hatred by eating as many as possible.

I’ve been busy being a proper chemistry student and revising and trying to understand things which I really, really don’t. However, there have been some songs released over the past few weeks which are well good and will inevitably be the soundtrack to the next few weeks for me.

Not That Special – Lily Moore

What a debut. I’m honestly in awe of Lily’s vocals, she has such a gorgeous, timeless voice that I can’t get enough of, she’s really stolen my heart. I find it hard to believe this is her first single, she has such a well-rounded sound that you’d think this came from a seasoned professional. The song itself has a warm and honest quality, which has made me exited for what’s to come from her upcoming EP.

Happy When I’m Blue – Jesper Munk

Effortlessly cool yet beyond sweet, this song made me just unbelievably happy. Sometimes I am just minding my own business and I’ll feel like I just have to listen to him right now. His velvety voice just surrounds you like a hug and I find it instantly calming, like a hot cup of tea (or warm beverage of your choice) on a cold day.

I Remember – Ady Suleiman

Yet another show-stopping voice that I just bloody love. His music has a sweet charm to it that makes me think of sun, ice cream and warm summer days. He’s anything but bland, and this song in particular just feels like a mix of everything that is truly good in the world.

Untitled – Rex Orange County

Alex O’Connor can make a tune. I’ve honestly just rotated which of the songs from ‘Apricot Princess’ has been my favourite since he released it. This is the one which I keep going back to, it’s so candid, sweet and relatable that I think it’d be difficult to find someone who didn’t love this as soon as they head it.

Sober – Tom Grennan

Can Tom Grennan do anything wrong? I’d be hard-pressed to criticise anything about his music really. This is yet another song from his upcoming album that is just fab. Great vocals great melody, great everything. Him releasing these singles is just making the – well earned – buzz around his album even bigger. I can’t wait to see him again in March.

5 Songs for This Week 08.01.2018

A Week into the new year, the reality of having to actually get back to work and do things that I’ve been putting off has started to sink in. I’m now I’m back at uni and I’ve gotta be focussed and do exams which I am very much not in the mood for, and have needed these songs (and all 10 seasons of Friends) to help me get motivated.

Plested – Lost for Words

This is just yet another breath-taking song from Plested. His lyrics, his voice, his everything just paint the most beautiful picture. The way he writes about feeling is so real and accurate and it honestly resonates with me so much. It’s also definitely a good thing that he releases his songs as singles, because emotionally there is no way I could deal with more than one of these songs at once. Blimey, imagine the tears that would be caused on an album written by this guy.

Bleached – Wednesday Night Melody

For Christmas, my brother got me a record player, and this Bleached record. This is the song that has been stuck in my head. Their guitar-heavy indie-rock sound is so addictive it’s mad. Their fuzzy guitar definitely evokes that general sound of bands like Nirvana and it’s so nice to have some female voices on a track like this, it makes it feel so fresh I think.

Rex Orange County – Best Friend

This guy is, again, someone who writes with such raw honesty that it’d be impossible not to relate to what he’s singing. He has a completely gorgeous voice and that combined with his lyrics and production is a pretty much lethal combo, it’s hard to resist. This song in particular has really stuck out to me and I pretty much listen to it every day, I just think it’s great to be honest.

Tom Grennan – I Might

Anyone likely to get bored of hearing how great I think Tom Grennan is, should probably just not read anything I write this year, because he’s just going to be everywhere. This is just yet another fantastic song, whilst I personally loved his songs that were more stripped back and raw feeling, this is just as beautiful. There’s a soulful and gravelly quality to his voice that just begs to be listened to. “I Might” is just an insight into what’s yet to come this year.

Chappaqua Wrestling – Only You Could Know

This song has elements of sounds from all my favourite bands and artists in it and they come together to just make this incredible sounding song that has really taken me by surprise and blown me away. I feel like I’m probably just being dead dim, but I can’t find them anywhere online, which is a massive bummer. Anyway, this is such a summer song, I don’t know what makes me say that but it’s just the general feeling I get. It probably has something to do with the dreamy tone of their voice and the slightly fuzzy sound of their guitars making me feel like I’m in a hazy dream.  I’d say it’s definitely worth a listen.

Ones To Watch in 2018: Rex Orange County

rex orange county.pngLondon Based Alex O’Connor has completely stolen my heart in 2017, and I can’t even imagine what he has in store for 2018 that could be even better. After being ‘discovered’ by Tyler, The Creator in 2016, he’s just gone from strength to strength.

The release of his album “Apricot Princess” earlier this year brought an influx of fans and critical acclaim, and not for no reason. “Apricot Princess” is one of the most beautiful, honest and candid albums of 2017. The way he expresses himself can at times be so blunt and brutally honest that it’s unexpected. It’s fresh and new, and it’s a modern description of love that is sometimes ignored in favour of an older more romanticised view.

I actually can’t wait to see what he has in store for 2018, it’ll be exciting to hear what’s next for him.

Ones To Watch in 2018: Pale Waves

After a beyond Successful 2017, Pale Waves are set to take over 2018. After being signed to one of the buzziest labels around and, gaining a large following in their hometown of Manchester Pale Waves had a successful festival season and the year saw them releasing 4 singles, which were all well received and definitely grew their popularity.pale waves

For lovers of The 1975, Pale Waves sound really fits the bill (possibly as 2 of their singles were produced by frontman Matty Healy). They have a similar, dreamy pop sound – self proclaimed as “Nineties inspired indie-pop feels, drenched in reverb and glitter” – but they’re different enough to make you stop and listen to them. Their feel-good sound combined with painfully relatable lyrics is a combination that’s hard to beat.

Touring in the early months of next year (tickets here) is sure to bring them an even larger following and more – well deserved – fans than ever.

Ones To Watch in 2018: Fickle Friends

22879388_322479618221296_1529741721_oIt seems well overdue for Brighton-based Fickle Friends to release an album. Their positive-yet-honest songs make for a completely irresistible listen that people will no doubt love. Over the past year, their singles have gained considerable air-time on mainstream radio – most notably ‘Hard to Be Myself’ being added to the radio 1 playlist and “Swim” being featured in Pitch Perfect 3.

Their debut ‘You Are Someone Else’ releases March  16th 2018,  including a mixture of new and well-loved songs from them. Not only are their songs beautiful, but live I think they really come into their own. Seeing them live really lets Natti’s voice to shine through, and it really made me take notice of them and how much I actually love their music. I wish them all the best for the new year.

Fickle Friends are on tour during early next year, find tickets here.

Ones To Watch in 2018: Tom Grennan

25991258_343967719405819_1375482569_oThere’s no one that comes across quite as humble and kind as Tom Grennan. He seems so genuinely grateful for every success that comes his way, which is so endearing and makes you want to support him even more. His raspy, soulful vocals have already captured the hearts of so many people, and are bound to pique the interest of many more in the coming year with his debut album “Lighting Matches” releasing March 9th 2018.

The unique start to his career is probably fuel for Grennan’s sweet nature on stage. After discovering his love for singing at a house party (not too long ago) he taught himself to play the guitar and travelled around on his own gigging anywhere and everywhere before featuring on Chase and Status song “All Goes Wrong”, which brought him his first large influx of fans.

The early success of singles “Something in The Water” and “Found What I’ve Been Looking For” are clear indicators of how much people love this guy, and quite frankly what’s not to love?  I wish him all the best of luck for a year he’s gonna dominate, all the best Mr Grennan.

Tom is touring after the release of his album, find tickets here.

Feeling Lost

This is probably not going to make much sense because writing this is more cathartic than anything else. It doesn’t have any plan, or any direction, I just feel like I need to write it down.

In June of this year, I became a swammer, an ex-swimmer, or whatever you want to call it. Essentially, I gave up swimming. This sounds like nothing to most people, and I completely understand that it’s not the worst problem in the world to have and it feels riddled with privilege to even be able to complain about this. Since giving up I’ve felt completely and utterly lost.

For 12 years, swimming was everything I had. It took up every spare inch of space in my brain. I spent every minute I wasn’t at school either swimming or sleeping, and then all of a sudden it was gone. I feel like I’ve lost my identity, and I don’t know who to be anymore. I was always known as Calypso the swimmer, but now who am I? How will people describe me? It feels like my sport was the most interesting thing about me.

I feel like in my love and dedication to the sport I became it, I wasn’t anything else, and I don’t know where to go from here. I don’t feel like myself now I am not spending 20+ hours in a pool. Everything I do feels like it’s not good enough and I know I don’t need to criticise myself like that but somehow, I can’t help it.

I’m so unbelievably proud of what I achieved whilst I was swimming and I’m massively grateful to everyone that supported me. My mum, who woke up at 4:30 every morning to drive me to the pool, my coaches for supporting and pushing me daily beyond what I thought I could do, my teammates for just being there for the ride and making it the most fun experience I could have asked for, and my friends for not giving up on me when I bailed on plans every Friday night to train.

By the time I gave up (or hung up my goggles, as is the commonly used phrase), I didn’t love it anymore. It breaks my heat to say it, but the situation I was in and the way I felt was making me so miserable that I can’t understand why I’m looking back on it so wistfully. I always had this massive support network of a team that I trained with and knew everything about me and we all worked together to build each other up and feeling like I no longer have that really breaks my heart.

I guess I’m just trying to work out who I am now that I’m not just ‘The Swimmer’. I’ll get back to you once I know.

5 Songs for Single Gals

As the self-proclaimed Bridget Jones of my friends (at the start of the first movie – not later on when she has two men chasing after her) I would like to preface this by saying that there’s nothing wrong with being single, most of the time it’s fab. However, there are times when it feels crap and lonely and you feel a bit sad. It’s times like this when I need Beyoncé to pick me up and tell me I’m better than that and to get a grip. I would apologise that some of these songs are dead cheesy, but I’ not sorry, sometimes it’s just what ya need.

Single Ladies – Beyonce

This could be replaced with so many other Bey songs, but this has gotta be the OG, and the one that every girl turns to when they need perking up in this situation. No-one does a female empowerment song quite like Beyonce, and makes it feel so easy to pick yourself up and dust yourself off and get on with it. I can say with my hand on my heart that there’s not a time when me and the girls have gone out that this hasn’t been blasted at pres, there’s just something unbeatable about this song.

No Scrubs – TLC

I dare someone to find a better song about not needing a man. This is something I listen to every time I am getting ready for a night out without fail. It’s a tune, an anthem, it’s everything. Honestly, nothing could replace this as probably THE most empowering single gal song. It reminds you to hold out for the right person and not just any person.

Power – Little Mix

This is a newer one, but it’s bloody golden. It’s such a gem and always serves its purpose which is to snap you out of feeling sad and sorry for yourself. I honestly feel beyond powerful when I listen to this, and ready to take on anything.

F**k You – Cee Lo Green

Sometimes this is all you feel and all you wanna say, and what song is better at saying it than this one? I am realising at this point that this list of songs is sounding like the most generic night out ever and what can I say? – I’m a generic girl. Nothing feels more cathartic than being a lil bit tipsy with the gas and singing this at the top of our lungs.

Just Dance – Lady Gaga

Again, with Lady Gaga, there are so many songs that are perfect for when you’re feeling bit sad. For me, this one just actually speaks to me, because I am a firm believer that a little bit of dancing goes a long way so for me she’s just saying exactly what I’m thinking.

 

5 Songs For This Week 27.11.17

I’ve been crap at writing which is weird considering I’ve been listening to different stuff all the time. I am definitely going to use Uni as an excuse. I have actually been dead busy with coursework, labs and presentations, but anyway, that’s not what this is about. My music taste has been a bit all over the place because that’s exactly how I’ve felt all month, so I guess this might make perfect sense or no sense at all.

Sam Clines – Sharks

I literally have no idea how I came across this song, but I’m well glad I did. There’s something really cool about this, and the overall sound kind of reminds me of Jack Garratt, but there’s something a bit more fresh and unpolished about it, which makes it even more appealing to me. I think that this song is one that would appeal to most people, it’s chill without being boring and there’s still an element of upbeat-ness to it too.

Bad Sounds – Are You High?

After seeing them last week I’m beyond obsessed with Bad Sounds. There’s something completely brilliant about their weird and wonderful sound. ‘Are You High?’ is completely on form for them, it’s massive. I can’t imagine a time where I’d listen to this and not want to dance, but to be honest, that goes for literally all of their songs, but I think this is a typically great song from them, that’s just setting them up for a huge 2018.

Kareen Lomax – Ivebeenupfordays

I’ve been looking for more female voices to listen to and Kareen has a bloody gorgeous voice, and her music is incredibly chilled out and beautiful. I feel like I’ve been addicted to listening to her voice, it’s so soulful and everything she sings seems so poignant, accompanied by pretty groovy melodies.

Off Bloom – Falcon Eye

I can’t get enough of Off Bloom. They’re amazing. I think the fact they’re each music producers in their own right means they know exactly what sounds good, and what people will love to listen to. Every time I’ve gone out recently (which is not often – because I’m basically an old woman now and go to bed at 10:30) I’ve played this almost on repeat whilst I’ve got ready. I find it so empowering for some reason. I think it’s beyond fab and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for 2018.

FREAK – No Money

The reasons I like FREAK are almost the exact same reason I like Rat Boy and Jamie T. I find the way they all right lyrics so clever and I enjoy the chaos in their sound. That sound that a song hasn’t been over-edited is something I really appreciate. No Money has got stuck in my head so many times, and I can’t complain at all, at least it’s a good song stuck in my head.

Bad Sounds // The Bodega // 14.11.17

1Bath-based superstars Bad Sounds took over the Bodega for an incredible night that just seemed to get better and better. Over the past few months Bad Sounds have really begun to grow a large crowd of loyal fans – mostly notably Annie Mac, which has only served to secure their reputation as someone to listen to.

Brown Lion Zoo kicked off the night with their upbeat indie tunes. The right balance of indie pop and low-fi rock, they were definitely worth a listen. I’d never heard any of their music before, but I’d definitely recommend them to anyone looking for something new to listen to.

8Kyko was up next and I haven’t ever really appreciated Kyko’s music, it was always on my radar, but I’d never really paid attention. Seeing him live has actually changed my opinion so much. I thought he was so impressive live and literally loved everything he played. His music made me want to dance and put me in a better mood. Something about his chilled-out dance music was completely captivating and irresistible.

7Bad Sounds have really started to make a name for themselves, and for good reason. They are so unique, and their style is so different to anything I’ve ever heard. It’s weird, dreamy and I’m obsessed. Using the best parts of every era and genre with the combination of their funk based production and beautiful vocals has carved a signature style that you couldn’t directly pinpoint anywhere.

3Opening with the massive “Hothead Chippenham”, it became apparent just how much they love their own music. It was so great to see musicians on stage and actually obviously enjoying the music they’re making not just stood there playing instruments and looking like they’re not having fun. This means that their personality really comes through their songs and stage presence. The fact that they’re on stage being goofy and having a good time makes you want to join in, I honestly can’t describe what a joy it was to be somewhere like this where you were just having a good time and not really caring about anything else. Brothers Callum and Ewan are obviously close and it’s easy to see that they have a great time on stage together by the way they’re bouncing off each other the whole time.

5Introducing their new track “Are You High?” it felt like their music really takes you on a journey. The juxtaposition of their always-clever-sometimes-serious lyrics against their ever-funky melodies makes for something really fun to listen to. Everything they do has a personality which in my eyes makes them an easy contender to completely smash it in the next year or so.

I honestly debated not going after a pretty crap day, but I can honestly say I’m so glad that I went. Seeing them live properly shows that they’re just getting started, and with tunes like theirs it’s unlikely they’re gonna stop.2