Rat Boy – Scum

I actually cannot put into words how long I feel like I’ve been waiting for this album. I’ve been hearing these songs played at festivals since last summer, and to finally hear them as part of a fully realised album is so impressive. When talking about Rat Boy, people often reference Jamie T and Mac Demarco, and whilst I get where these comparisons are coming from Rat Boy is so much more than a rip off of someone else. When listening to Rat Boy those influences are clear, but also so are the kid of punk, anarchic sounds of The Libertines and The Sex Pistols.Rat Boy

This Album is so much more than simply a collection of songs that were put together, it’s a story from beginning to end, and if you listen to it as such it’s really impressive. What I really admire about Rat Boy, is that it started as just Jordan Cardy making these songs and mixes in his room and it’s evolved into a small team of people who have complete creative control of what they do, with no desire to unload any of that work on to someone else. They Work tirelessly to produce everything they make, from songs to merch to set design for their videos.

His songs explore so many issues that are important and frustrating to so many young people today, but also the inclusion of songs like Laidback and I’ll Be Waiting really add a different perspective to the album, bringing a somewhat Kooks-esque sound. I find the lyrics he writes to be so intelligent, and not in a snobby, you really have to think about it way, just in a way that it’s interesting what he’s saying and the way he’s saying it.

This is clearly a promising start to his career and I’m confident that this has the potential to chart very highly, especially if everyone goes out and buys it right now.

 

5 Songs for This Week 14.08.17

Yet again I’ve been living my lazy-ass life. I’ve started to run more again, so I’ve been needing something good to listen to whilst running, so that I don’t have to concentrate on how hideously unfit I am.

Courage for Love – Jesper Munk

I really love Jesper Munk. Whilst most of his songs are really chilled out and perfect to just listen to and do nothing else I find that this one makes me really motivated to move around just do something. I think he’s so creative and I know he’s hardworking and I think more people should be listening to him because his voice – and lyrics – are incredible, especially considering that English isn’t his first language. Every song is just gorgeous.

Live for The Moment – The Sherlocks

I’m so bloody excited for this album to be released and this is definitely my favourite song they’ve released by far. These guys just seem to have such a strong energy and love for music and it excited me to see what they’re going to do next. I’m thinking there could be a Catfish style breakthrough.

Two Islands – King No-One

Though they often make reference to very serious topics in their songs, this one feels more personal and filled with emotion. Frontman Zach’s beautiful vocals never fail to make me actually stop and listen and this most recent release is completely breath-taking. It’s made me so excited to see them live again. This is just ultimately a wonderful song.

Found What I’ve Been Looking For – Tom Grennan

Is Tom Grennan capable of making a song that I won’t play on n repeat for several days at a time? It seems not. This is yet again a lovely song that coupled with his vocals makes he’s an unstoppable talent. He’s seriously going to go far, and I have no doubt about it and only hope that the tunes keep coming.

More – Jess Best

It normally takes me a few listens to warm to girls voices, and there are only a few that I am in love with straight away and Jess Best is one of them. She has an incredibly gorgeous voice and I absolutely love her kind of jazz inspired music. She does kind of remind me of Amy Winehouse but also Corinne Baily Rae vocally, and I realise that’s not a combo that jumps out at you, but it just works.

 

5 Songs for This Week 07.08.17

Yet again backwards and forwards on the train in the hopes of getting a job (it’s actually looking quite hopeful at the moment!) so I’ve had the chance to just listen to some new songs with no distractions.

LAIDBACK – RAT BOY

Saying I’m beyond excited for Scum to be released would be really underselling myself. Everything he does has a really creative and individual take on it. Though most of his songs seem to have a kind of irresistible rebellion about them, this is actually quite a sweet song but still with the kind of the individuality that makes it so obviously Rat Boy.

Deadcrush – Alt J

Okay, so as much as I love Alt J, all I hear whenever I listen to them is that video of those two really high guys making an “Alt J” song. Nonetheless, this is a truly signature Alt J sounding tracks, even if the breathing sounds at the beginning do put me slightly on edge. It sounds super cool and has that hypnotic sound that they always manage to capture.

Lover – Model Aeroplanes

You can’t not dance to this song, pretty sure it’s medically impossible not to, even if you’re listening on headphones in public. I pretty much love everything that these guys do, their upbeat indie pop sound is lovely and just makes so a really fun listen all round.

Polish Girl – Neon Indian

This is such a chill song, and for me it’s really summery. It’s one of those songs that makes me wanna lie on a beach all day and then go out all night (I fully realise that lying on a beach all day would turn me into an actual lobster, but that’s not the point). For anyone that’s a fan of MGMT, this is something that you’ll absolutely be obsessing over.

Postcards – Meadowlark

This is just such a beautiful song. It’s a complete pleasure to listen to such a beautiful voice and I don’t really have much else to say about this song other than repeatedly using the word beautiful.

Positivity

After reading over all the things I’ve written on here, I realised that it probably looks like I’m trying to suck up to people and overly positive.

I’m not.

I genuinely love and appreciate everything I write about, and that’s why I decided to start writing about stuff, in the hopes that maybe some people will read it and then listen to it and love it as much as I do and it will make them as happy as it makes me, and that will bring the people I write about a little bit more exposure. I think everyone that I’ve written about is insanely talented and that they deserve so much more recognition than they get right now.

If I personally am not a fan of someone or I don’t like their music, I’d rather just not write about it. I think it’s better to let someone who loves and understands it give their opinion on it and tell other people about it. I just feel like there’s already so much hate and negativity in the world all the time, and I don’t really want to add to that at all. I think people forget sometimes that music is a type of art, and that song that you hate is something that someone has put their hard work and time into, and as pathetic and cheesy as it sounds it’s someone’s heart and soul. What music someone likes is completely subjective, and it doesn’t seem fair just to slate something because I don’t really get it.

I’ve read negative reviews where someone has just gone in on an album/artist and it’s just made me really sad. The one that really sticks out in my mind was the NME review that gave Tom Odell’s Long Way Down a 0/10 and just absolutely slated it, now don’t get me wrong, he’s completely entitled to his opinion (which I heavily disagree with BTW) and I know people rely on outlets like this for people’s honesty, but I don’t understand how someone can seriously rate a piece of art 0/10. I know there is a difference between a constructive review and a negative one, and constructive reviews can probably be great for artists to read to understand what people think would take them to the next level, but just being horrible about what someone’s worked hard to do is just mean.

So, that’s why I probably sound like a massive suck up all the time, but I’m not. I’m just saying my opinion.

Declan McKenna – What Do You Think About the Car?

With a title originating from a childhood family video, the debut album from 18-year-old Declan McKenna certainly doesn’t disappoint. The fact he’s younger than me (admittedly not much) makes me yet again feel achingly inadequate – I mean, I make a mean carrot cake but I certainly cannot claim the level of creativity and talent that this guy has. He’s managed to make an album that’s packed full of songs that aren’t only catchy and fun, but also have intelligent memorable lyrics.

declan McKennaFocusing on the lyrics shows that he’s not afraid to comment on and criticise many of the issues faced by people today. The way he portrays this shows a level of confidence and maturity that make it hard to believe he’s so young (I know I couldn’t talk about these issues in this way, with this level of certainty). They kind of sound like protest songs but they don’t have the same heavy feeling that can sometimes come along with this genre. He comments on corruption in Fifa as an organisation, and in Paracetamol he comments on the alienation that trans kids suffer from in our society following the suicide of Leelah Alcorn and the way it was treated by the media.

Apart from the songs released ahead of the album (Bethlehem being the first one I heard that really drew my attention to him) Make Me Your Queen really stands out to me as a beautiful song about unrequited love. That’s something that struck me as different from a lot of albums at the moment, is that it isn’t packed full of love songs – it’s not that I have anything against love songs but it’s just yet another thing that made it stand out as an incredibly individual album.

People seem to want to tie him down constantly with comparisons and say that what he’s doing isn’t that new or exciting, but I completely disagree. It’s clear to see the similarities and inspiration he’s drawn in his theatricality and sound from people like Bowie, but I think his music fits in all the way across the pop and indie spectrum.

Overall I think it’s clear to see that this is an intelligent, creative debut from a guy that obviously has an impressive career ahead of him.

5 Songs for This Week 31.07.17

I went back to uni this week and the long (made longer by the fact that I refused to buy anything but an off-peak ticket because I’m a cheap student) journey meant I had ages to do nothing but listen to music. I’ve found some songs that I’ve really enjoyed and they’ve been a bit more upbeat – which I’ve been loving in the warmer weather.

Too Good – Marsicans

As the title suggests this song is too good to be ignored. These northern lads hit the nail on the head time after time with their upbeat-indie-pop, and Too Good follows this trend. They’re also supporting Clean Cut Kid on their October Tour, and after seeing both these bands at Barn on The Farm, I’m buzzed for this tour. It’s definitely worth adding this absolute bop to your playlist.

Evelyn – Clean Cut Kid

Marsicans lead nicely onto Clean Cut Kid. This is by far my favourite song on their album, which his full of some amazing tracks. This is a beautiful song that lead singer Mike wrote for wife – and bandmate – Evelyn (obvs). It has gorgeous, thoughtful lyrics and it’s catchy as hell.

Barcelona Girl – Corella

This is one of those songs I found after browsing through related artists for hours on spotify and boy, do I love it. This is an indie summer anthem if ever I’ve heard one. It’s sweet but kind of tropical vibes have me going crazy and I can’t get enough of it, pretty sure I’ve listened to it 10 times a day since first hearing it.

Craving – Zach Said

This is  such a tune, but possibly a bit different to what I normally listen to. He has such an individual sound that’s so different from anything I’ve heard in a long time, I’d possibly describe it as a mix between Jack Garratt and Mac Demarco. It’s so interesting to listen to and I can’t wait to hear what else he has to offer.

Even If It’s a Lie – Matt Maltese

This is one of his older songs but DAAMN I love this. I went through a phase a while ago where I listened to this all the time, and I’ve just remembered how much I bloody love this and how talented of a songwriter he is. It’s an insanely beautiful piano backed ballad and honestly it’s an amazing shower song, well it’s an amazing song in its own right but particularly in the shower.

5 Songs for This Week 24.07.17

Another pretty laid-back week for me, nothing too exciting, but it’s been nice to be home and catch up with old friends and just do nothing together. However, there’s been some cracking Album releases this week and some songs that I’ve really been in to.

You Know I’m No Good – Amy Winehouse

Sunday marked 6 years since Amy died, and every day I think about how heart-breaking it is to have lost someone who was as bursting with talent as she was. This is by far my favourite Amy song, and I’ve never been – and never will be – bored of listening to it. Of course, all her songs were beautiful and emotional but this one has always caught my attention because I really think you can feel every word. It’s not that I can relate to this song, but I think it’s such a different way for a song to be written. In a way, I guess it’s a love song, but it’s from a different angle to most, and that’s what makes it such a stand out song for me.

Into Yellow – Martin Luke Brown

Oh my days this song is gorgeous. Something I’ve always loved about Martin’s music is how personal it seems, and there’s something about his recent songs, and especially this one that have an extra level of vulnerability and honesty, which is lovely to see in music, because sometimes that honesty can be lost along the way. Into Yellow is a million miles away from his earlier releases, but I like that, it shows that he’s experimental and yet you can always tell if a song is his, because there’s just something about his music that sets him apart from other artists that would be classed as similar to him.

Tokyo – Dan Croll

I’ve been buzzing for this album for a while, because Dan Croll is yet to release a single song that I’ve not been into. This is probably my favourite song off the new album, there’s just something so groovy (I know that is a super mum word but it’s actually appropriate) and different about it, and it just really stood out to me. I put it on for my friends the other day and didn’t get shouted at to change the music – which is rare. I honestly think the whole album is worth a listen, but this song in particular is proper good.

Wouldn’t Wanna Be Ya – YONAKA

This has crept into my running playlist over the last week, I find it well motivational and there’s not a chance in hell I’m stopping when this starts playing. There’s such a cool feeling to this song, and I just can’t get enough of it really, it’s like effortlessly cool. I think this band are about to have such an amazing year, I can just feel it.

Make Me Your Queen – Declan McKenna

Yet another album I’ve been beyond excited to hear, and it really did not disappoint. This song just screams Declan McKenna to me, like this is beautiful and thoughtful and clever all rolled into one, and is somewhat different to Brazil and The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home, yet it’s obviously still him and oh my god I just love it.

5 Songs for This Week 17/07/17

So far, I’ve been having a pretty laid back summer, I’ve had a few driving lessons but other than that I’ve mainly just been hanging about (which I guess is shorthand for being lazy). Anyway, here are 5 songs that have been floating my boat which I think are definitely worth a listen.

Blossoms – At Most a Kiss

I bloody love this, and what I love about Blossoms is when you’re listening to their album you can definitely tell it’s them, they have a very unique dreamy sound, but throughout the album they still experiment with different sounds which makes for an interesting and engaging listen. At Most a Kiss is what I’d describe as maybe one of the rockier songs on the album, not that I would describe it as rock but there’s something pretty badass about it which I love.

Beyoncé – I’d Rather Go Blind

Not that I have to tell anyone to go and Listen to Bey, she really doesn’t need any promotion at all does she? However, in honour of the birth of her twins I’ve rediscovered (as if it ever went anywhere) my love of her and her music. I guess this would be one of her less known songs. I was introduced to it by my friend Katie who insisted that I watch Cadillac Records and listen to this song (she was right, it’s a great film). Anyway, this is a beautiful song and is definitely shower worthy because you can really (attempt to) belt it out.

Grace Ackerman – Feel like Home

Blimey, this is a bit of a tune. Grace has such an amazing voice and as her first solo track Feel like Home really sets the tone for hopefully many more songs to come. It’s exciting to see what she has in store for the future. To be honest it wasn’t really what I was expecting from here, but it’s been a lovely surprise and I think it’s worth a listen or two.

Jordan Mackampa – Tear Drops in a Hurricane

This song really crept up on me, I was sure that my favourite song of his was Yours to Keep, but then I always catch myself singing this to myself when I’m just walking about not thinking about anything. That is the mark of a good song for me, it really crept up on me. It’s so beautiful (as per) and now I think I’m fully addicted to it and I can’t seem to put how gorgeously blissful this song is into words.

Orla Gartland – Souvenirs

This is such a sweet song and again, it’s one that I never realised how much I listened to until I looked at my spotify statistics and this was actually dead near the top. It’s got to be something to do with the fact that it’s pretty good for all moods, like if you’re sad and need cheering up this is perfect, or if you’re already feeling happy and want to walk with an extra spring in your step this just boosts your mood even more, at least I find that’s the effect it has on me.

5 Songs for This Week 10.07.17

I thought I’d give 5 recommendations of songs every week that I think are worth listening to, and that I’ve been listening to a lot.  This doesn’t necessarily mean they’re new songs, they’re just what I’ve been loving recently.

  1. Tom Odell – Here I am

Now, if there’s a song that makes me want to scream it at the top of my lungs on repeat, it’s this one. I absolutely love this bad boy, the lyrics are gorgeous (and the general sentiment behind it), it’s so cute but also so powerful when it starts to build. Bloody love it.

  1. Chloe Howl – Magnetic

Oh this is a bloody tune and a half. After quite a long break from releasing music, she’s made her return with this absolute banger. It’s such a cool song and it makes me feel summery as hell. It’s quite a new sound for her, and I’m into it. I’m hoping there’s more where this came from.

  1. Fickle Friends – Glue

Yet another super summery song, this makes me think of getting ready for a night out and dancing around my room. Fickle friends never disappoint with their upbeat, happy songs. I love this song and it never fails to brighten my day.

  1. Fil Bo Riva – Franzis

This song has been floating my boat for a while now. This guy has just absolutely hit the nail on the head. Franzis is a delicate mix between blues, soul and folk, this song is just fab. His gravelly voice against the kind of gloomy guitar is such an interesting combination and is definitely worth a listen.

  1. Dan Croll – Bad Boy

I am a huge fan of Dan Croll’s psychedelic indie pop, and you should be too. This is a seemingly effortlessly cool song, including his always dreaming vocals and lyrics. I love this newer song of his probably more than any of his other songs, and I really like them. This is a gorgeous song that would be amazing being blasted out of the windows on a road trip. Oh yes, what an image that is.

Mowbeck // The Bodega // 07.07.2017

19859048_282214065581185_193092472_oNottingham natives Mowbeck took to the stage at The Bodega yet again for an impressive performance before they go off to write and record their album. Whilst festival blues were just starting to hit me after Barn on the farm, it was super lovely to go and see these boys perform again.

As always, I was probably a bit optimistic with the train I got, so arrived at the venue earlier than I’d anticipated. When doors opened I decided that I’d earned a reward (for doing absolutely nothing – treat yo’self) so I bought myself a drink – amaretto and cranberry if you’re interested. And found somewhere to stand for the evening.

19866762_282135942255664_1283974352_oSupport came from Cherry Hex and The Dream Church, a duo also originating from Notts. Normally I like to listen to a few songs by everyone I’m seeing to get a sense of what I’m going to be seeing, but it had completely slipped my mind to listen to these guys. They have a kind of dreamy indie vibe about them and I’m really not mad about it at all. Think along the lines of alt-J, but with more xylophone. I thought they were really good and particularly the lead singer caught my attention, she has such a cool, strong voice (but I was also obsessed with her dress, it was beaut). I’d recommend listening to their newest song Toska especially, if you fancy it.

19840326_282135945588997_305313696_oAt around 9, the Mowbeck boys took to the stage to treat us to their tunes, and what a treat it was. These guys have a sound that reminds me somewhat of All Time Low and bands like that that I used to listen to, if they had been along the slightly more indie route. I absolutely love their music, and lead singer Andy was constantly building a relationship with the crowd and making everyone dance, which was not an easy task on that night. I wish there had been a bit more energy from the crowd, to give something back to a band who were giving us everything.

I think Mowbeck have an extremely bright future ahead of them after The Basement was recently chosen as a BBC Radio 1 track of the day, something which doesn’t easily happen for bands without management. These guys are completely independent and I think their hard work really paid off with the releases of their recent songs. All I can say is keep on doing what you’re doing boys because you’re definitely doing it right.