Between the ages fourteen and seventeen, I was cool.
Hahaha, fooled you! I wasn’t cool IN THE SLIGHTEST at that age. I was actually a socially awkward, kinda nerdy, ’emo’ kid (in this context, ’emo’ was anyone who wore black nail polish and had a big, swoopy fringe. The kids at my school weren’t particularly creative with their name-calling).
However, when it came to music, my friends and I considered ourselves pretty hip and trendy, discovering new music all the time, sending each other songs we thought the other would like over MSN, and frequently attending gigs featuring fairly small-time bands at the Concorde 2, a music venue on Brighton’s seafront. We knew our favourite bands had hit the big time when their gigs moved to the Brighton Dome – a real venue! In the heart of the Lanes! With seated AND standing areas!
We were listening to Arctic Monkeys before everyone else in the school jumped on the bandwagon. We knew of Noah and the Whale before Laura Marling left the band to do her own thing (and we listened to Laura Marling too). We knew that Florence and the Machine were actually a band, and not Florence Welch’s quirky stage name. These are what I like to call the peak of my music years.
These days though, I’ve been listening to pretty much the same stuff since I was eighteen. A new artist or band will crop up every now and then, but I don’t actively seek out new music anymore. Which is frustrating when you’re incessantly pressing ‘skip’ on your shuffle because you’ve exhausted absolutely everything in your music library.
So I’m going to make more of an effort to look out for new music. I’ve found a couple of music review-related Youtubers, Anthony Fantano and Abby Williamson, to gain inspiration for new artists to listen to, and going on Spotify and picking one of their ‘mood’ playlists seems to be working out so far, too.
I thought I’d share some of the bands/artists I’ve discovered lately.
Don Broco was one of those names I had heard floating around for a while, but never ventured looking it. I initially thought Don Broco was the name of some new solo, acoustic/folk artist, until I was corrected by a friend that they were actually a band. About a month or so ago, out of curiosity and boredom, I decided to look up some of their music and give it a listen. And I liked what I heard! I like that they have a good mix of instruments and electronics, and a lot of their tunes are damn catchy. Here are my top three I’ve been hitting repeat on so far:
- Whole Truth
Blossoms were a band that a friend of mine had recommended to me a while ago, and have since listened to on and off. In November, I was told by that same friend that they were going on tour in the new year and were playing at the Concord 2 in Brighton (later this month, in fact, on 19th February). We quickly scooped up tickets, and I decided that I should get my listening hat back on in preparation. I really like Blossoms as they have a psychedelic feel to their sound, and harbour a lot of influence from 1980s electronica. Here are my top three:
- Across The Moor
Meg Myres is someone I found completely by random. I had recently signed up to Apple Music, and was flicking through their many custom playlists that I think they compile depending on what kind of music you listen to. I picked a playlist at random, and it had on of Meg Myres’ songs on it. It’s not often that you come across a rock-y/alternative-y female instrumentalist these days (or, at least, I don’t see them very often), and I was definitely intrigued. She has a very interesting style that I can’t quite put a pin on, so here are three songs I like that you can go check out yourself:
- Lemon Eyes
- After You
If anyone has any recommendations for me to have a listen to, please don’t be shy!
(PS. To make up for the lack of posts in the last couple of weeks, I have a book review coming for you later in the week!)