"music and film are parallel experiences: they are linear, they are narrative"

Month: February, 2014

February Playlist

Yeah, okay, you know the drill; here’s my favourite songs of the month-some are new, some are old, some I’ve just started loving, some I’ve loved for ages and recently my love’s been rekindled.

  • Mesmerise // Temples

I honestly wanted to put the whole of Temples’ debut album Sun Structures on here, but I settled with just this song, since it’s currently my favourite on the album. After seeing Temples at an in-store at Rough Trade, I’ve been loving them more and more. After Noel Gallagher criticised BBC Radio 1 for not playing bands like Temples and Jagwar Ma, Temples’ new album had certainly gotten some hype, but it’s definitely lived up to expectations and the album is fab and psychedelic.

  • Salvia Plath // Teen Suicide

This song is raw and perfect for listening to in the early hours of the morning when you still haven’t slept but the sun’s rising. To be honest, the whole of the EP Goblin Problems is really rad, go listen.

  • Everything Is Embarrassing // Sky Ferreira

This song is really catchy and her voice is beautiful-her music reminds me a little of Haim’s, with the punchy drum beats and catchy tunes. (Also this song title basically describes my life.)

  • What You Wanted // Spector

Since meeting Fred Macpherson at the Drowner’s in-store at Rough Trade, I’ve just felt like listening to Spector more, since it’s been a while since I gave the full album a proper listen. I’ve been listening to this song loads in particular, it’s really catchy and as with all Spector songs, Fred’s voice is just…phwoar.

  • Pass It On // The Coral

I’ve been getting the train loads this month for various reasons, and for some reason I find this song is really nice to listen to on a train. A really happy tune that will for sure make your train journey a little less boring and might encourage you to smile at strangers or something.

  • Simmer // Swim Deep

Another song that’s fab to listen to in the early hours of the morning when the sun’s coming up and you realise you’ve pulled an all-nighter, Simmer-the b-side to She Changes The Weather-is stunningly soft and gentle, something that goes beautifully with Austin’s voice.

  • Watch You Change // Drowners

I’ve been loving the whole of Drowner’s debut album Drowners, especially after seeing them play the whole of it at the Rough Trade in-store (where I also met them and they were lovely), and I wrote a review of the album here- so I won’t go into too much detail about them, but this song is my current favourite. Like all the tracks on the album, it’s catchy with clever lyrics.

  • TV // Superfood

With quirky lyrics and Superfood’s unique singing style, TV is mega catchy and will stay stuck in your head for days, but is still for sure a unique song by a pretty unique band.

  • Whatever // Oasis

I’ve always loved this song, but for some reason I’ve just been listening to it so much more this month. (It’s rare that a month will go by where I haven’t had my love rekindled for an Oasis song.) This song is so uplifting, with the lyrics (“whatever you say, yeah, whatever you do, I know it’s alright”) and the happy melody-it’ll cheer you up no matter your mood.

  • Child // The Maccabees

I was really into the Maccabees about two years ago, and for some reason I went on a huge break from them and didn’t listen to them for ages. I started listening to them again this month and just remembered why I loved them so much. Child is filled with a swelling sense of emotion which builds up and gently dissolves throughout the song.

  • Family Friend // The Vaccines

I was utterly obsessed with the Vaccines throughout 2012, and throughout last year my obsession kind of fizzled out and I didn’t listen to them for ages-but recently I’ve been listening to them a lot more and this song especially has reminded me why I loved them so much. It’s got such a gentle lightness of touch that it’s simple but not bland, perfect chill out tune.


Badass Is Best

So hey here’s a playlist for if you fancy feeling particularly badass one day for if you happen to be walking down the street in a leather jacket and Doc Martins and you want to feel invincible.

  • Thickfreakness // The Black Keys

Maybe it’s the messy guitar riff or maybe it’s Auerbach’s vocals, but you just can’t escape the badass vibe.

“Hold me, love me / In your heart.”

  • The Rat // The Walkmen

Scratchy vocals, thrashing instrumentals, angry lyrics. Perfect combo for a badass tune.

“You’ve got a nerve to be asking a favour / You’ve got a nerve to be calling my number.”

  • Bad Mood // The Vaccines

That riff, man, that riff just embodies this whole theme, y’know?

“Better to be ready if you rattle my cage / Oh I should loosen up some, baby I know.”

  • She // Wolf Alice

When you’ve got a song in which the singer belts “IT’S SO EASY TO REBEL” you know you’ve got a badass tune, plus the guitar is fantastic.

“She’s got a boyfriend in the band / And they’ve done more than just hold hands.”

  • Arabella // Arctic Monkeys

Pretend this song is written about you, yeah, and then you’re covered.

“Wraps her lips round a Mexican Coke / Makes you wish that you were the bottle.”

  • Steady, As She Goes // The Raconteurs

If that intro hasn’t got you feeling on top of the world, then I don’t know what will.

“Well here we go again you found yourself a friend who knows you well / But no matter what you do you’ll always feel as though you tripped and fell.”

  • Mallrats (La La La) // The Orwells

A song about youths causing ruckus? That sounds like *gasp* a pretty damn badass tune.

“Yeah that’s the chick I saw, met my baby at the mall / Walking round with them all, looking for push-up bras.”

  • Smells Like Teen Spirit // Nirvana

That. Guitar.

“With the lights out, it’s less dangerous / Here we are now, entertain us.”

  • Bar Chat // Drowners

Thrashing instrumentals, pissed off lyrics, yeah this song has got it all to make you feel pretty badass.

“What’s the point in running just to be the fastest loser? / And where’s the point in watching all those vulchers linger?”

So yeah, that’s my playlist for if you fancy feeling like badass. Or at least, it works for me.

My Top 7 Favourite Love Songs

With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought I’d compile a list of my top 7 favourite love songs, these aren’t in order and I decided to only include one per artist but here you go:

1. I Wanna Be Yours // Arctic Monkeys

Lyrics based on the poem by John Cooper Clarke, I Wanna Be Yours is undoubtedly romantic and lovely and although Alex Turner certainly has a romantic way with words and their musical history is ridden with love songs such as 505, Reckless Serenade, Arabella, etc, I Wanna Be Yours certainly stands out.

“If you like your coffee hot, let me be your coffee pot, you call the shots babe, I just wanna be yours.”

2. Something // The Beatles

The Beatles are another band who have an overwhelmingly massive collection of beautiful love songs, but Something is for sure my favourite of the lot. It’s not just the lyrics, but the song has a stunning serenading tune throughout it.

“Something in the way she moves attracts me like no other lover.”

3. Thank You // Led Zeppelin

I can honestly say this song has blown me away so much that it’s made me cry (more times that I’d like to admit.) I could hardly pick a favourite lyric because it’s literally a plethora and beautiful, romantic lines.

“If the sun refused to shine, I would still be loving you, if mountains crumbled to the sea, there would still be you and me.”

4. She Is Love // Oasis

One of the loveliest Oasis songs out there, in my opinion, She Is Love off Heathen Chemistry and soft and acoustic and sweet and with Noel singing it, it makes quite the contrast with the typical Liam-singing fooking-ave-it Oasis song.

“I don’t know where you’ve come from, no I haven’t got a clue, all I know is I’m in love with someone who loves me too.”

5. Toothpaste Kisses // The Maccabees

Light-hearted, gentle, this song is uplifting in a subtle way from the beautiful romantic lyrics. Probably the cutest love song out there.

“Lay with me, I’ll lay with you, we’ll do the things that lovers do, put the stars in our eyes.”

6. She Changes The Weather // Swim Deep

This song is lovely, soft and puts a slightly different spin on typical love songs by making the whole theme a lot more metaphoric. Goes perfectly with Austin’s voice.

“She takes my time, but I don’t mind she makes me feel like, like I can see for miles.”

7. Lovesick // Peace

This song is uplifting and fun and not as deep and soft as regular love songs. Really fun live as well.

“I don’t wanna go to school, I don’t wanna take the call, I just wanna be a fool and get lovesick with you.”

January Playlist

So you know the drill, this is a playlist of songs I’ve been listening to most over January. Some are new songs, some are old, some I’ve loved forever, some I’ve just discovered, etc etc.

  • Trust Me…I’m A Genius//The Family Rain

I saw The Family Rain supporting Miles Kane in October, and I thought they were so good that I immediately bought their Pushing It EP at the merch store (and they kindly signed it for me), and now I’ve been getting mega excited for their new album Under The Volcano to come out, and this song is just so catchy and cool and I love it, and I love them, basically.

  • Mallrats (La La La)//The Orwells

This song has the type of qualities and for some artists, could make a disaster (for example, the repeated “la la la”s, for some people, those just sound like they were too lazy to write lyrics). However The Orwells make it work and they make it cool, and Mallrats (La La La) is the perfect song to make you feel upbeat and young and happy despite the miserable weather we’re stuck with.

  • Follow//Telegram

I’ve already spoken about this in my “happy tunes” post ( so I won’t go into too much detail, but basically this song makes me feel really happy and I love it and I’m hoping to hear some more from Telegram soon.

  • You’ve Got It All Wrong//Drowners

It was immensely difficult to just pick one Drowners song to talk about since I’ve been obsessed with them all month. Their eponymous debut album came out on the 27th January, and it’s absolutely fantastic, however since it hasn’t been out that long I haven’t picked an absolute favourite of any of the new songs, and You’ve Got It All Wrong has been out as a single for a while. Fantastic lyrics, catchy tunes, you really can’t go wrong with this band. I did a review of their album here:

  • Colours To Life//Temples

After being introduced to Temples by one of my best friends, I’ve found that this is my favourite out of their songs. They’re chilled, but not depressing, perfect for a fan of Tame Impala and other psychedelic bands. This song in particular makes feel most calm and chilled and happy.

  • Going Nowhere//Oasis

I feel like this song is just such a January song, so of course I’ve whipped it out at this time of year to listen to on repeat pretty much everyday. Undoubtedly one of my favourite Oasis B-Sides, Going Nowhere is perfect to listen to in the car with the rain dribbling down the window.

  • Solemn Skies//Childhood

I absolutely love Childhood, and I’ve been listening to them pretty much all month, but this song in particular. It makes me happy, it’s catchy, and I want to see it live so badly. Also the video is really summery and it makes it feel like summer’s closer (even though it’s still six months away-*sigh*).

  • Picture Me In A Hospital//Babyshambles

This song joins the list of songs with happy tunes and depressing lyrics. Frankly I’d rather not picture Pete Doherty in a hospital where the blood runs red, but I do love this song and have been listening to it loads over this month.

  • Match Box//The Kooks

I’ve loved the Kooks for ages, and my love for them has definitely been rekindled recently, and I can’t exactly find a catalyst to why. I saw them live in October 2011, and they were really cool, but after that I kind of stopped listening to them, and recently I’ve definitely been back on it. This song is happy and upbeat and I love it.

  • Separate And Ever Deadly//The Last Shadow Puppets

It seems every winter/new year season since this album has been out, I’ve been whipping it out. I’m not sure why, it just seems like a winter album, and I’ve been loving this song in particular recently.