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I love music, and today I decided to talk to you about my favourite music of all time. (This is basically an excuse for me to convert the world to my music taste.) I don’t know why, but I just have a special connection to music. Much like books, I like the way songs make me feel inside. I guess I just love experiencing someone else’s creativity…
Here’s the music…
So Long, See You Tomorrow by Bombay Bicycle Club
This album is such an eclectic mix of musical influences. When listening, you can detect hints of reggae, India, electronica, and more. It’s so beautiful to just sit back and listen to, because it feels like you’re going on a journey around the world.
I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It by The 1975
This album, despite its pretentious title, is modest in its brilliance. From the lyrics to the music videos to the mixture of inspiration, I Like It When You Sleep… clearly marks the shift in both the maturity and musical relevance of The 1975. This album is honest, and doesn’t hesitate to address both personal and political issues. I also love how each track affects me, whether it’s to get up and dance, or shed a tear.
I won’t even try and choose my favourite of Vampire Weekend’s albums – they are all amazing, and each mean something different to me.
Vampire Weekend, in my opinion, is a strikingly preppy album – it documents the music the band were making at college both in its lyrical content, and in the way it sounds. Campus, for example, just reminds me of walking into school.
Contra, on the other hand, is particularly summery. Each track makes me itch to get on my feel and dance along to the rhythm. Many influences are drawn from California, and I love to see the contrasts in music that was made in NYC (Vampire Weekend) and LA (Contra).
Modern Vampires of the City is where we start to enter darker, more emotional territory. One of Vampire Weekend’s many attractions is that they have the quirk of including cryptic lyrics, or lyrics that address social issues, or just social events. In a way, you can tell the lyrics have been written by someone highly educated. Hell, there is a song entitled “Oxford Comma.” It is Modern Vampires of the City, though, that strives to address more personal issues. I feel like Hannah Hunt, Everlasting Arms, and Don’t Lie are prime examples of songs that begins to peel the layers off Vampire Weekend’s rather pristine image to see what is beneath. Darker songs like Hudson feature on this album, yet more upbeat tracks like Unbelievers and Worship You contrast them. (I say upbeat, but Unbelievers is actually rather morose if you listen to the lyrics.)
In conclusion, Vampire Weekend are musical geniuses.
This album is predominantly acoustic, which offers a really nice, relaxing sound. Also, much of Hozier’s lyrics are figurative, which I just love – I think it offers something unique, and even more interesting to add to music which already sounds lovely. Most of all, I love that this album feels homemade. Hozier’s mother painted the cover, and I can hardly tell the difference between live recordings (Cherry Wine) and studio recordings.
Walk the Moon & Talking is Hard by Walk the Moon
Much like with The 1975, the evolution of this band is evident in the major differences between their debut and second album. Walk the Moon is very much indie-inspired, which Talking is Hard feels like it’s fell straight out of the 80s. I feel like my loving both of these albums really illustrates how varied my music taste is. These albums are from completely different genres, yet I love them equally. I love the simplicity of some of their songs, like Shiver Shiver and Shut Up and Dance, yet equally love the complexity of I Can Lift a Car and Aquaman. I just love every track from both of these albums.
Blue Neighbourhood by Troye Sivan
Troye Sivan hails from suburban Perth, Western Australia, which is really where my empathy with this album begins. (I am also from the suburbs…not Australia.) I feel like Troye has written this album from a place of wanting more. The song Suburbia especially resonates with me, because it’s about escaping the confines of where you’re from. Troye has an especially unorthodox career, what with his being a YouTuber, and so it’s interesting to see how his music develops through the album.
Wanted on Voyage by George Ezra
George Ezra’s voice is phenomenal, and not only because it is so unexpected. I love the tone and depth of his voice, and I feel as though it matches his style and lyrics perfectly. Lyrics mean a lot to me, and George Ezra has written some of my favourites. Here’s an example:
Since you’re gone, I’ve been watching paint dry.
That lyric is pretty random, but it just resonates with me for some reason. George Ezra’s voice reverberates through my mind daily singing that line, and I love it.
Which album is your favourite? Have you listened to any of my picks? What did you think? Tell me in the comments!
This is a scheduled post, as I am currently on holiday! Thus, I won’t be replying to comments immediately, but I will eventually!