Just like that it’s the last week of February. I’ll admit, like a lot of us, this lockdown has hit me harder – both than I expected and compared to the previous lockdowns – but I’m finding ways to get through it as we all are. If you haven’t figured out by my (more frequent, because I have nothing much else to do!) recent blog posts, I’m getting through it by finding new things to bake, TV/movies to watch, books to read and – of course – music to listen to.
So, let’s get into it, here’s 5 songs that have found themselves stuck in my head (and on playlist) this week.
Sundara Karma, O Stranger
The Reading based four-piece alt-pop band are definitely not new to me – I’d even go as far as saying they’re one of my favourite bands, which feels a bit (I imagine) like a parent picking their favourite child – but this song is (kind of), having come from their 2020 EP Kill Me.
The song is more experimental pop than the previous indie-pop tracks they’ve released, showing that – like a lot of bands trying to make it through what has been just as difficult for the music industry as it has for – they are changing with the times. O Stranger is a floaty, synth-injected song and – whenever we can – I can’t wait to hear it live.
Dayglow, Close To You
Though we can’t get close to – well – anyone at the minute, I can’t deny that this song by Texas based singer-songwriter and producer Sloane Struble (Dayglow) is a great one.
The song is reminiscent of boy pablo and Wallows (who both feature on the playlist), and is full of fun and energy, something we definitely could do with right now.
Sea Girls, This Is The End
You’ll be glad to know (despite the title) this isn’t a pandemic/end of the world based song but a 2020 single from London-based indie-rock band, Sea Girls.
I’m a sucker for a break-up/makeup track (despite my love life being pretty non-existent even prior to lockdown!) and this song definitely has that kind of feel to it. It’s a very open, fun indie anthem with a catchy hook.
The Lathums, Foolish Parley
The Wigan based indie band are a recent find for me but right up my street (not just geographically, considering I’m from Liverpool 😅).
The song feels like an early Circa Waves track. It’s eerie, a bit haunting but incessantly catchy. Pair that with the video and you’ve got yourself a brilliantly moody indie anthem – this one will definitely be a hit when concerts and festivals make their very, very long-awaited return.
Ed Nash, When
Taking this week’s tracks down a notch is Ed Nash (of Bombay Bicycle Club, a band I love and haven’t seen live ((yet))).
The song is tender, low-key and then — just as when you least expect it —— it bursts into life with bright, punchy harmonies and gradually intensified guitar and drums. I hadn’t heard Nash’s solo material but this track has definitely made me want to listen to more.
What have you been listening to at the moment? I’d love to chat in the comments 😊.
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