July Tunes

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Ah it’s that time of the month. The end. Meaning; you folks get your monthly fill of tunes that I was listening to throughout July. Be warned: there are repeats.

Firefly – Mura Masa: Hopefully you’ve heard of Mura Masa, but if you haven’t, you have now. This song is amazing. It’s really a feel-good type of song, and it was a great tune to listen to while on the long bus trip I was on, which I’m sure you guys are over hearing about by now. Whatever synth they’ve used that carry on throughout the song is definitely my favourite part of the song, apart from the drops that happen when you least expect them to.

Simplify – Siroj ft Jalise Romy: This was definitely a new song for me. I think the first time I heard it I added it to my travel playlist as well as my tunes for the month. It’s great song to dance to. Also wouldn’t be too bad at the gym.

You Can Count On Me – Ansel Elgort ft Logic: I reckon Ansel Elgort should receive so much more than he does for his music. Not only is he a great DJ and producer, but the guy has amazing pipes. I was fist-pumping so hard when James Corden did the Sing Off and he was able to show everyone how amazing his voice is.

Same Same – Waax: I feel like if I was ever really really mad this is the song I’d want to play in the movie soundtrack about my life. It’s such a tune. Also, the lead singer sounds so nostalgic, her voice is killer on this track. It’s a great song to sing along to, which I was nearly caught doing, several times. Jump on your bed, listen with headphones.

Alaska – Maggie Rogers: Maggie has a voice of magic. This song is incredible. Hopefully you’ve heard of it. It’s like butter. The transitions between the different parts of the song are so smooth, and the percussion that lies beneath it is so consistent throughout, 10/10. There’s also an acoustic version, if you really want to truly appreciate this girls voice.

You Make It Real – James Morrison: Just like your mum, I have a deep appreciation for James Morrison. I don’t know if its the really soft humming he pulls off right at the beginning of the track, or just the general contrast between how smooth, yet raspy and husky his voice is, but this song is definitely one of my faves by Morrison.

Just For You – Deach ft Ria and Ezra James: Oh my goodness. Holy moly. This song. At first, when it’s just Ria and the guitar I thought I’d be diving way back to my childhood, with some old school rnb, but then the piano and the drums come in, and it’s like J Boog jumped on this track and sprinkled some island magic throughout it. If you don’t know, I’m a huge reggae fan, and the vibe Deach brings to the song, combined with Ria and Ezra’s smooth as heck vocal performance make it the perfect combination of reggae, hip hop, rnb and soul for me. It’s amazing. Probably my favourite on this list. If you listen to any of these songs, please listen to this one.

Ellie Grab Your Gun – Matt Willis: Am I allowed to have two favourites on this list? Because, they’re two completely different songs, like polar opposites. This song, is to date, one of the saddest songs I have ever listened to, yet I still put myself through the experience whenever I hear this song, and I never have any regrets. It’s so beautiful.

Telepathy – Christina Aguilera: Not only was The Get Down an amazing TV show, (that never deserved the injustice Netflix stupidly served it) but it also had a killer soundtrack, including this amazing song by the queen. This is one of the singers I looked up to as a kid. It didn’t matter if it was impossible to sing, Lady Marmalade was my jam, and anything Christina touched was next on my list to learn. Eighteen years old and nothing has changed. This song is my favourite from the whole soundtrack, (sorry Zayn). But this song is golden. Like it sounds like actual gold.

Lights Down Low – MAX: You may know him as Max Schneider from YouTube, popular with his brother Hugo, or his short appearance in an original Disney Channel movie, but I love MAX for this song. This song is beautifully sad, but do yourself a favour, and listen to the Not Your Dope Remix. It completely changes the song, but so respectfully. Which is incredibly important for me. It’s a tune.

Father, Father – Jay Prince: I love gospel music. Some of my closest friends are gospel singers and I hold my breath whenever they sing. If I could sing gospel and do it justice, I probably wouldn’t do anything else. This song brings that all out of me, specifically for the sample of the gospel choir Jay has used to lay underneath the whole song. That, combined with a really sick beat and a great rap over the top,  is why this song makes the cut on my monthly favourites.

Do What You Want – High Tyde: This is another song that requires jumping on a bed with your headphones on. The drums on this song are amazing, but it’s the guitar through the chorus that really carries this song for me. Listen and you’ll agree. No doubt.

Pleaser – Wallows: Love 13 Reasons Why? Appreciate amazing music? Read my post all about this song, here.

I Built A Friend – Alec Benjamin: Do not, and I mean do not, listen to this song while driving on the road, looking out the window. Unless you want to become a sobbing mess like I was so close to, I would highly advise against it.

Get Low – Zedd, Liam Payne: I’m a huge fan of Zedd. And I’m ever so proud that he reached out to my boy Liam for this song, because his vocals match Zedd’s vibe incredibly well. This song is quite risqué, obviously something to expect from Payne now, and I love it.

iSpy – Kyle: Initially, Doubt It was my favourite by the Kyle, but this one has overtaken it. I desperately need someone to duo the first part with though.

Kissing Strangers – DNCE, Nicki Minaj: We already know that I love this song, I’m pretty sure it was in my May Tunes, one of my first posts ever on this blog, so it’s ability to last so long on my radar is something to go by.

Home – Johnnyswim: I’m not too sure what’s up with this stage name, but I don’t really care if he produces songs like this. Driving through the midwest, with this song on repeat? Killer.

Bloom – The Paper Kites: This is an online bonus track for The Paper Kites, and I’m glad I stumbled upon it. The vocals are so soft and crisp, but it’s the guitar that does it for me.

Get You – Daniel Caesar: I take it all back. This has been the song for the whole month. It has been all that I’ve sung. I listen to it everyday guaranteed on the bus and train to university, I sing it in the shower, I sing it in my bedroom, I’m so close to recording a cover of this song. It’s such a tune. If you’d also really like an experience check out Ian Eastwood, one of my favourite dancers, and his amazing freestyle to this song. Will not regret.

Violet – Bad Suns: This song is hands down one of my favourites of the year, and I desperately wish it was summer, but I don’t doubt it’ll stick around for me for another few months. It’s on my summer playlist so I’m not too worried. But, you should definitely check out my post I wrote, all about Bad Suns and why I bloody love this song. It’s a fun time.

Kiwi – Harry Styles: Surely we don’t need to go over this, again.

Bellyache – Billie Eilish: I have one of my close friends to thank for this, after she recommended it as a song for me to sing. I’ve tried. And it’s fantastic. Even just listening to this song gets me hyped up. Billie’s coming to Australia, but unfortunately your girl can’t make to her concert due to insufficient funds. One like = one prayer.

Because I Love You – Montaigne: This killer Australian singer is amazing and I’m kicking myself for not looking into her as soon as she stepped on the scene. This song reminds me of the show Carrie, where AnnaSophia Robb walked down the streets of New York with her freshly splattered nail polish hand bag. It’s a vibe.

 

And that’s it, let’s see what August (my favourite month) provides! What were you listening to in July?

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GIG GUIDE 2017…SO FAR

So let’s dive into what’s happened this year for me…gig wise.

MARCH
So this is a funny story. I really like Adele. She’s fantastic. I enjoy her music. But not to the point where I was about to sit in front of my laptop minutes before her concert tickets went on sale. Then one Saturday I was at work, when my family group chat went off. My aunt literally offered to buy my cousin and I Adele tickets so she’d have someone to go with. She’s a legend. Obviously we offered to pay her back, but it ended up being an early birthday present for the year. I was pretty chuffed with that. In the end, my aunty, three of my cousins and my mum and I all ended up seeing Adele in March, and I’m really thankful to my aunty for paying for those tickets, because she was amazing. We basically bought tickets for a concert and a comedy show because that woman was hilarious.

APRIL
Ahhh April. It was a fun month. I saw Gretta. Like, delicious burger, amazing cider, front row for Gretta Ray. It was such an amazing show, but you already know about that. If you don’t, you should probably read my post all about Gretta and how amazing the experience was.

AUGUST
I’m so excited for the upcoming month. It’s so close. In August I get to see one of my favourite female singers ever, Kehlani. I am in awe of that woman and how much she kills it. She can do no wrong. But, kicking off the month on the 5th, is another gig at my beloved Howler here in Melbourne, to see Dean Lewis. I cannot wait. You can bet you’ll be getting a post about that as well! Plus, peep ya gal’s 19th birthday 😉

FUTURE
I know this makes no sense to include since this is meant to be a yearly overview and these are very much next year, but I booked them this year so…surely they count?

Bruno Mars! I’ve been waiting to see him, and my dad managed to snag a bunch of general access floor tickets from work. I had already bought two with my own money, up in the stands which I promptly sold to some lovely sisters a few hours away from me. I’m so excited though.

Ed Sheeran. Ever since I saw him in 2015, I vowed that I would definitely be at his concert the next time he came. And I honestly thought we’d missed out on tickets when my two best friends and I all failed to bring up tickets. But then he announced another concert and each of us were able to secure single tickets in the general admission (mosh) section, so all was good and I was chuffed.

Harry Styles. Yup. After the pain that was his one night, 1500-seating concert announcement, which failed to provide tickets for the rest of the Melbourne population wanting to go, the man thankfully announced another tour later in the year. I had that ticket page open for three days I tell you. And I got two tickets straight away…that TIMED OUT. I don’t even know what happened, but I had pressed purchase, and in the ten seconds that it took for my internet to load through the purchase, the website timed out. Somehow, somehow, I managed to wait in the queue for literally thirty seconds, before I was able to get another two tickets up in the stands, which I promptly bought while screeching over the phone to my best friend who was on speaker throughout the ordeal.

 

So that’s what I have planned so far. So far. I unfortunately was not able to make it to Splendour In The Grass in Byron…due to insufficient funds. But I’m not too mad about that. I’m definitely looking forward to all these shows and maybe a few more? We’ll see.

 

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Shuffle Beautiful Shuffle

So I decided to fall victim to the age old game of pressing shuffle and seeing what comes up, then letting you funky people know. Hopefully you find me interesting as a result!

The music that I’ll be shuffling through is from one of my favourite playlists on my Spotify account, my 365 playlist where I attempt to add a song each day for a year, in accordance with what happened that day,  a song I loved that day, a film I watched, something that impacted me during those 24 hours etc. Attempt is the key word. There have been days where I’ve had to add up to seven or eight songs in one night to make up for forgetfulness or the overall lazy  attitude to starting something and rarely ever finishing it properly.

But, ramblings aside, here’s a shuffle. *pretends to shuffle deck of cards for artistic flair*

1. The City – The 1975: I was pretty late to The 1975 party, but here I am, admittedly thoroughly enjoying their tunes.

2. I Wanna Get Lost With You – Stereophonics: I couldn’t really tell you why this song is here, but I guess it is.

3. Swalla – Jason Derulo ft Nicki Minaj: We already know how much I love this song, I will never be too mad to hear it, it’s such a track, and I’ll dance to this at my funeral.

4. u and ur smile – big wave + carter: for a short time, I got really, really, heavily into jazz hop which is like, really funky jazz with a dope hip hop beat. For four days straight it was all I listened to. Now I dabble and appreciate, but this song is so cool.

5. Uber – Litek, Tom Zanetti, Curtis Clacey: Interesting origins this one. The British Olympian Nile Wilson has a YouTube channel, it’s fantastic and you should definitely check it out, if not for the athleticism but for the banter and his hilarious family. But he made an intro with one of Tom’s songs, so I went and had a look at his Spotify page and found this banger.

6. Man Like You – Patrick Watson: I had heard this song before, but I watched Tom Misch do a cover of it on the Colours YouTube page, and he killed it, so I had to find the original again. It’s such a beautiful song. Beautiful.

7. Take It Easy – Eagles: This is a cute story. My best friend and I were in Hawaii in January as like a ‘schoolies’ trip after finishing high school and in the middle of the mall this group were singing the song, and me and this guy walked past each other singing it then both freaked out that someone else our age was singing it and turned around and yelled it back to each other.

8. September – Earth, Wind & Fire: Surely you expected this?

9. do re mi – blackbear: Slowly coming to regret not buying his $60 tickets when I had the chance, because now I’m broke.

10. Way Back – TLC, Snoop Dogg: I’m still not sure how I feel about this ‘comeback’. It’s a cool enough song, but I haven’t listened to it properly enough to form a good opinion on it. I can groove with it though.

11. Escalate – Tsar B: This is such a unique song, and I’ve vibe’d with it ever since Alexander from Millennium Dance Studio choreographed a killer combo to it.

12. Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman – Bryan Adams: I have a secret love for Bryan Adams, and this is probably my favourite song by the dude, ever. The guitar, the words, the harmonies. It’s so beautiful.

13. Strip That Down – Liam Payne ft Quavo: MA BOY.

14. 10K Hours – James TW: This kid is so underrated, have a listen to his stuff.

15. All Night – Chance The Rapper: This song is ultimately my favourite Chance song, by far. Just because the groovy tamborine and how chill he sounds in it.

16. Don’t You Worry About A Thing – Tori Kelly: Despite how friggin fantASTIC Tori Kelly is, I definitely added this song the day I watched Sing! – the most amazing animated movie about a tale quest with animals ever!!!

17. Bad Liar – Selena Gomez: This song is fantastic. Like, my dad told me to listen to this song when it was released, unaware that I was already eagerly awaiting it. Such a tune. I’m loving Selena’s sound.

18. Clean Up Woman – Betty Wright: I do enjoy myself some throwbacks. Like throw-way-backs. This is one of them,

19. Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See – Busta Rhymes: Every time I go out with my friends I hold off on playing it at our pre’s because I know none of my friends mess with this music. Then we go to a nightclub. I grab a drink and wait through all the ‘filler’ music until some really heavy music comes up. And the whole night, I wait in anticipation. Maybe. Maybe tonight will be the night. This DJ might be the one. Maybe he’ll play me my Busta.

19. How Far I’ll Go – Alessia Cara: Now you’d probably guess. ‘Oh girl. You watched the movie and added it to your playlist straight away right?’. Wrong. I literally only watched the film this month on the plane ride home but I’ve had this song in my playlist since February. Specifically the Alessia version.

20. Chelsea Dagger – The Fratellis: Boy, oh boy, oh boy. This song. This song does it for me. If you don’t sing along to the intro, you probably do and you’re just unaware of your mouth moving along to the words. It’s fine.

I feel like 20 is a final enough number to finish on, so I hoped you enjoyed this post, a bit of a personal one, a delve into my shuffles I guess. If you like any of these songs let me know and we can totally chat in the comments! Even better, give me a few of your shuffles.

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A Soundtrack? What?

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So for the first time, I’m going to be featuring a soundtrack! To be specific, the soundtrack for the film, Before I Fall, which I watched on the 14 hour plane ride back from the USA to Australia. It was a fantastic movie, music aside. If you have not watched it, I would definitely recommend it.

Besides the amazing cinematography, acting, location (TAKE ME THERE) and overall aesthetic of the movie, what really did capture me, was the soundtrack. It was beautiful. It was funky. It was really diverse and eclectic. Very 80’s. After looking it up, I was really interested in the numerous artists featured, as out of all of them, due to no fault other than my own, I really was only familiar with one, Grimes. Other than that, it was all brand new stuff.

The music in my opinion, was picked perfectly for the film and the feel it was going for. Whoever was in charge of sourcing music, choosing the tracks and pitching for these songs did an amazing job, because the music in the film creates half the story for me. It’s a very dark film, and I think, a totally different soundtrack, it could really change the face of it. I was left with this really, I want to say uplifted feeling, but I know it’s probably not the right word. I felt very light. Like I’d be enlightened. Like my eyes had kind of been open and the whole two hours made so much more sense for me, and I feel like the music contributed to that overall feeling so much. Had it have been a different soundtrack, there is the possibility that it could have turned into a much, much darker film, with a bit more of a morbid final ending. I don’t want to ruin it for you.

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That said, my favourite song from this soundtrack, is Skeletons, by Yeah Yeah Yeahs. It’s beautiful, and it’s totally fitting for one of the most crucial parts of the film. A scene that could be so frantic and energetic and somewhat critical, comes off as ethereal, and magical and almost dream-like because of this music.

That said, Water Water by Empress Of is a stark contrast to Skeletons, yet it’s played in an almost exact same situation. It flips the vibe on its head, but somehow manages to retain that dream-like state of the scene. The music in this film amazed me, have a listen.

I continued to listen to this track list after I returned home, and it stuck in my head for ages. That said, the film overall stayed with me for a long time after getting off the plane, so it makes sense that the soundtrack is one I’ve saved for myself. Songs from the soundtrack have also managed to make it onto my own personal playlists, especially my driving playlist, which is ironic, and I won’t say why because I don’t want to be attacked for spoiling it. If you have seen the film, you know why putting any of these songs onto that playlist is…an interesting choice. But I can honestly imagine myself driving to these songs at any time of any day. Winter, summer, autumn, spring. Daytime, night-time, by the beach or in the middle of the city. These aren’t conventional, stereotypical ‘driving’ songs, they aren’t what you’d expect, but they work. Boy, do they work.

I think it’s a beautiful soundtrack. There are so many movies out there, like Before I Fall, that feature such amazing works of music. Music can ultimately make or break a scene. Music contributes to some of the most iconic cinematic moments we know and love, and I really honestly believe that cinema soundtracks deserve so much more recognition, especially the artists who contribute their music to the screen. It’s definitely a big risk to take, and a lot of the time these films would fall flat on their face without the songs behind them.

But, that’s my opinion.

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I Still Haven’t Watched 13 Reasons Why

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If you’re anywhere right now, you’ve heard of 13 Reasons Why, a TV show on Netflix that became ridiculously popular. Like my stellar Netflix track record proves with Game Of Thrones, Orange Is The New Black, House Of Cards or Stranger Things, I haven’t watched a single episode of the show. Yet due to it’s popularity and a vague familiarity with the book, I could give you the general overview of the show. It’s everywhere. But you know what’s also worth talking about? You know what I use to replace the void where 13 Reasons Why should sit?

Wallows.

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I still get a dose of Dylan Minnette, but unlike the vast majority, I couldn’t really care for the TV show, though I do suspect that I’ll cave soon and binge watch the entire season. I’m listening to the dude. As well as his band members, Cole Preston, Zach Mendenhall and Braeden Lemasters. You should too.

I can’t remember how I stumbled across the song Pleaser, it may have been on Spotify somewhere. But thank God I did.

Here; not only can you listen to the song, but you can watch them perform the song. Raw as heck, bum chords and all. It’s fantastic.

At first I was shocked. Dylan sings the first verse, and his voice is beyond decent. And then Braeden starts singing, and to be honest, in my opinion…his voice is dope. Especially for the type of style Pleaser goes for. It’s a pretty indie/pop/rock kind of sound, and Braeden’s voice is a killer on this track, it matches perfectly. That said, Dylan’s voice is so strong and I 100% believe that its an incredible track based on merit and performance alone, and not on the fact that Dylan is…very much a big deal at the current moment.

It’s definitely a summer song. I listened to it quite a lot while I was travelling on the road in the USA on a huge tour bus. Snagged myself a window seat and I was good to go. You kind of need a window seat to experience this song to it’s fullest. Or, if you’re into it (????) go for a run with this song. The snare in the drum recording is so present throughout the whole song, and it really drives the whole mix in my opinion. When I first heard the chorus I was a bit confused because there’s this odd fill part that goes out of what is a typical rhythm progression or what you expect it to be, but after a few listens, it’s totally normal to me now. It fits perfectly, and it contributes to the totally raw, energetic sound the Wallows try to achieve.

Thankfully, the dudes are touring a little bit, although they only have this song, and one other, Sun Tan, which I’m not that obsessed about. I’m not making any bets on them coming down to Australia any time soon, but honestly, Pleaser can keep me occupied until then.

The words are pretty sad. Like, this dude is basically contributing to his own rejection and then having to deal with not making the cut. Some real, angsty, emotional stuff. But then…the chorus makes you want to reenact the typical montage in any 90’s-early 2000’s teen movie where the young-in comes home and just raves in their room, jumps on their bed, sings into a hairbrush, the whole shebang.

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Or even better, when the main character does the routine of getting ready for school,grabbing some measly breakfast because of course they slept in, and then head to school, which they hate, and there’s a bunch of dudes skating through the gates on boards, and hoards of cliques, and flip phones and then our protagonist gives the camera one final look before heading into homeroom. It’s a pretty cool song.

It makes me think of a mix of the indie pop bands I listen to now, meeting the old bands from when I was a kid like Blink 182 and Good Charlotte and The All American Rejects. It’s a splendid mix I tell you.

Here’s a link to their Bandcamp, where you can literally download Pleaser for free. Or, you could buy it on iTunes or stream it on Spotify, which I’m a huge advocate for.

It’s made it onto my summer playlist, as well as my playlist of music that people should hear. It’s also made it onto my driving playlist, though I’m not too sure that’s a good idea considering how carried away into the music I get when driving sometimes. It’s on there though, and that should tell you something.

Hopefully you give this song a go. I reckon you should. You’d be doing yourself a favour.

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Get Around Gretta

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Earlier this year, I logged onto a concert website, that listed a bunch of upcoming gigs near me and nearly screamed. Seeing Gretta Ray live, plus the amazing pork burger and hipster cider I had before the show, was worth so much more than the whopping total of $30 that I ended up spending for the whole experience. So much more. I am eternally blessed.

If you don’t know about Gretta, now you do. You have no excuse.

Now this is going to be so embarrassing if she reads this and has no recollection of any of this, but years ago, when I first started posting on SoundCloud, Gretta followed me. She followed me. She had posted a few of her songs on there, and there’s one, Unexpected Feeling, that did it for me. So I DM’d her and told her how much I loved her music. And she replied. But that was that, I think we spoke once after that about our own music, but that was it. And I’m so happy for this girl.

Last year, Gretta won the Triple J Unearthed High competition for Drive, which you can watch here. Drive is another fantastic song. She was also successful in the Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition which was also last year. Since then, things have been nuts for Gretta.

Following high rotation of Drive on Triple J, a popular radio station here in Australia, Gretta joined the lineup of several music festivals, released an EP and then did her own national tour. Which is where I was headed in April.

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It was a pretty intimate venue, with about 300 people there. I don’t think I looked back once during the performance, but if I did I definitely would have appreciated the pure luck that somehow got my two friends and I right to the front at the start of the gig.

It was honestly like watching one of the girls from school on stage killing it. And I mean that in the nicest, best way. She was like a goofy friend, cracking some banter with the audience and laughing off her nervous ramblings by ranting about the food at the venue (shoutout to The Howler, Melbourne) that she thoroughly enjoyed. I can attest, the pork burger was a killer. Watching her and the band muck around with each other was equally as pleasing as the amazing music she performed.

A crowd favourite was definitely Drive. It is, after all the song that started of this ridiculously amazing run for Gretta. Listening to the rest of the audience scream the bridge along with my friends and I was such a feeling, I honestly can’t describe it, and the grin on her face was all the more rewarding.

However, it was Unexpected Feeling that did it for me. She actually started with a cover of Youth, by Daughter, another incredible song, which she so did justice. She killed the cover. But then the chords shifted slightly and it became Unexpected Feeling. Now you’ve probably heard me say that ‘I screamed’, a few times now, especially if you’ve been reading from the start. Majority of the time, I exaggerate. It adds to the essence of whatever it is I’m writing. I may have gasped or become excited, but most of the time I didn’t verbally shriek. Except for this time. This time, I actually screamed. In a crowd of 300 people, all mesmerised by this angel singing on stage,  I screamed. I have never slapped my hand over my mouth so hard in my life. But still, I regret nothing at all. I also think I may have started crying a little bit during the song. But that’s to be expected.

The song is beautiful. During the show Gretta explained that she actually wrote the song while trying to learn Youth, but stumbled upon the chord progression we hear in Unexpected Feeling. The musicality is insane. Initially, the first version of the song that I heard was a bit more stripped back, which I loved, but adding in the strings fills it out beautifully, and makes it all the more ethereal in my opinion. Her harmonies click perfectly, and watching her execute it just as perfectly live was amazing. The lyrics add another layer to the delicious cake that is this song. I wish I wrote those lyrics. If I wrote those lyrics, I’d probably put down the pen and offer it up as the last lyrics I ever wrote. I don’t know how, she probably will, but I can’t imagine writing better lyrics than the ones in this song. It’s so sad, but you kind of overlook how beautifully grim the words are due to how magical she makes them sound. Add in the previously mentioned string section, the light tapping on the wood of the guitar and Bob’s your uncle. Incredible.

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If you do anything today, in any spare moment you have, please listen to anything by Gretta. Everything she touches is amazing. And like I mentioned, her lyrics. In my life, I have never heard such beautiful lyrics like Gretta’s. She is definitely a phenomenal singer, but her songwriting is such a skill, and from someone who is my age, from my state, doing the things I love to do, it’s such an inspiration to see her killing the game. And now she’s touring along the East Coast with Vance Joy! She already toured with Japanese Wallpaper and Vera Blue, amazing musicians who you should also check out, but this pairing (Ray and Joy), is such a perfectly fitting one, I’m desperately hoping I can make it to one of the shows.

Just because it could possibly give you an idea of how fantastic this girl is live, here’s a link to her Sofar Melbourne performance, which I wish I could have gone to.

If you ever get the chance to see Gretta Ray live, take it. Please. I beg of you. I am so grateful I did.

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The Feels

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Calvin Harris. I spoke about him in my last monthly favourites possibly, but here I am again, bleary-eyed, fresh off the plane from my holiday around the USA, to tell you just how much I’m enjoying this particular song.

Feels.

Even the name does it. Like, the name should come as a warning title for everyone listening, about what you’re going to experience when you give this song a go. Feels. All the feels.

With Harris’ new album Funk Wave Bounces Vol. 1 recently released, I was blessed with a few minutes of wifi each day to interact with friends over the ridiculous time zone, post updates on my Instagram (cough cough youshouldhear cough) and download the album on Spotify so I could listen to it on the road. Let’s break it down, shall we?

 

Slide is the first song on the album, and if you’ve been reading while I was away, you know how I feel about that song. It’s funky as heck. Like, encapsulates the title of the album perfectly. Plus, what I believe to be, the final resurrection of Frank Ocean’s vocals on this track, provide a killer backing for boogy-ing around your kitchen after a long day, making a half-decent meal.

Then there’s Cash Out. I don’t even know what happened around me for the duration of this song when I first listened to this because I tuned out. I literally got lost in this song. And I’m not sure why, because it’s definitely not my favourite song on the album. The chorus sounds vaguely familiar to the ultimate fave, this blog’s topic, Feels, yet, I still vibe with it 100%. And PartyNextDoor’s voice can do no wrong. It’s probably that.

Then there’s Heatstroke. This is the song that really pulled me in. Slide was funky, but I wasn’t hooked until I heard this song. I live for Pharrell and Ariana together in this song. It work’s so well, and I love how their voices gel.

Rollin’. Oh Rollin. If you aren’t familiar with Khalid, get around it. He’s amazing, vocally amazing. I can’t understand how it’s taken this long for him to really kick off, but now that he’s doing the circuit I can only hope he makes it Down Under soon. This song is another boost for Khalid, and Calvin does this dude justice. I couldn’t imagine Khalid on an overly funk infused track, and this seems like a perfect middle ground between the vibe Harris was aiming for with this album, and the smoothness that Khalid brings to any song he touches.

Prayers Up. It’s probably my least listened to song on the album. I don’t know. It doesn’t stick with me, and that’s usually what it takes for me to continue to return to a song. Like Feels. Though the synths in this song are killer.

Holiday. I only listen to it for John Legend and Takeoff. And I didn’t even know who Takeoff was before listening to this song. Snoop Dogg is great, but Calvin hit the jackpot getting John’s vocals on it. Hearing him float throughout the track is lovely.

Skrt On Me is phenomenal. Nicki Minaj is phenomenal. I’m going to come out and own up to the fact that I didn’t really care for Nicki until maybe late 2015. And she’s doing amazing stuff, that I vibe with. Swalla was only the beginning of it for me this year, and getting her as the solo feature on this song was an amazing decision. Nicki’s singing voice is so under-appreciated and Harris has pulled through to deliver that amazing-ness.

Feels, we can wait for that a little bit.

The next song on the album is Faking It, with Kehlani and Lil Yachty. I was pretty biased when I listened to this song, because I listened as a fan of Kehlani, and even if it totally sucked, it wouldn’t have in my opinion. I could listen to that girl sing the alphabet and cry ‘Grammy!’. Thankfully, I didn’t have to because this song is one of the more mellow songs on the album, but you can still groove to it. Versatility is such a key for me, and this song ticks that box straight away. And the lyrics. Spot on. No wrong.

I had never heard of Jessie Reyez before I listened to this song, and I’m low-key very angry about it. She kinda reminds me a bit of a more RnB version of Norah Jones. I love it. This song is a great finisher to this amazing album.

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But now. The reason for this blog.

Feels. Feels, feels, feels, feels, feels.

I don’t care if I get smack for this, but if Katy Perry could put aside her own career for a little while, and commit her life to the few lines she sings in this song, I would be eternally grateful. It’s so good??? Pharrell kills it. Pharrell Williams honestly grabs the verses and pre-chorus by the horns, and kills it. Nails it all. And then the chorus comes in. The first time I heard it, I was convinced that it was not Katy Perry. It sounds totally different to the stuff she’s recently released, and I prefer these five lines to anything I’ve heard from her in the last three years. Honestly. 100% honesty. And then Big Sean comes through and I was forced to commit at least twelve replays to learn that rap, which I now scream religiously. Wait for this song at the club. Just wait.

Calvin Harris is killing it this year. Between his perfectly timed single releases, the parrot in the promotion for the album and the incredible list of feature artists that help make up the record, he nails it. Honestly, if one of these songs isn’t titled Song Of Summer for this year, I’ll throw fists. I’ll do it. Especially if Feels isn’t featured. Play Feels at my wedding. Heck, play it at my funeral. Live funky, die funky.

I’m a bit passionate about this song. Hopefully you are too. If you aren’t, give it a few more plays. Don’t resist.

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Courtesy Of: My 13-Year Old Sister

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Here’s another ‘Courtesy Of:’ for you all, this time, from my little sister. Our family only got the Spotify Premium family pack last month, so we’ve been really getting into using it so freely, especially my sister and I. Here are her picks for you all!

 

Hey Yah – Outkast: Apparently this is still a popular tune with today’s 13 year olds? Though to be honest, I don’t know how it couldn’t be. It’s a classic.

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Hakuna Matata – Lion King: I mean, it’s got a great message. So I’m all for it.

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Circle Of Life – Lion King: Now I’m just convinced she’s been listening to a Disney playlist somewhere. Go her.

 

Despacito – Louis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee ft Justin Bieber: I too, love this song very much. If you don’t, you’re lying. But your hips don’t.

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Strip That Down – Liam Payne: Good on her. A lot of people, especially a lot of One Direction fans aren’t too fond of this song, but I’m glad it’s getting its play time in my household at least.

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Shape Of You – Ed Sheeran: She was pretty upset when she found out I was going for his concert with my friends. Playing him on replay is clearly a way of coping.

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Symphony – Clean Bandit ft Zara Larsson: As a huge Zara fan, I love this song as well. It’s such a beautiful song and whenever it plays in the car we both try and sing it the best we can despite how ridiculously high the song is.

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Tears – Clean Bandit ft Louisa Johnson: I was really surprised with this song. I hadn’t listened to much of Louisa that wasn’t on the radio and it’s a shame this one isn’t played very much because it’s great and her vocals are incredibly impressive.

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Down – Miriam Hill: Before my sister showed me this song a couple of months ago, I had never heard of it in my life. And then suddenly, it was all over the radio.

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Castle On The Hill – Ed Sheeran: This is another song that I’m very fond of. It’s one of the singles from his album and my sister’s clearly enjoying it as much as I am.

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That’s her picks for you! Hope you enjoyed them, let me know if you’re loving any of them as much as my little sister.

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All Good, Bad Suns

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You know the songs that you replay over and over again? You can’t seem to get sick of it? It just won’t happen? Yeah? This one.

I have a driving playlist. I have a summer playlist. I have a playlist for gathering with some friends. I have a playlist where I add a song every single day for the whole year. I have a playlist dedicated to songs that deserve to be sung into your hairbrush, and I have a playlist of songs that people need to hear. Violet, by Bad Suns, features in all of them.

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It’s a song about a possibly unhealthy relationship, but the song sounds like happiness and sunshine and ice cream on the beach??? It sounds like riding a bike stupidly fast down the road, or driving with all the windows down, ignoring all the hair flying into your mouth. It’s fantastic. You should hear it.

It features on their album Disappear Here, and it is undoubtedly my favourite (though do listen to the whole album), so it’s only fair that I share with you. I didn’t start listening to this band until last year, which is disappointing on my behalf seeing as they formed in 2012, however 2016 was the release of their second album, following Language and Perspective, which was released in 2014.

The same year, they opened for The 1975 (note to self: post for that amazing band too please). Christo Bowman, on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Ray Libby on lead guitar, Gavin Bennett on bass and Miles Morris on drums then headlined their own smaller tour, and played at several festivals.

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If you’ve listened to The Cure, you may draw some similarities, it’s very in tune with past rock/pop punk sounds. Cardiac Arrest was the first song they released, and it was the song that led me to doing some further investigation. It got me interested. Violet made me stay.

This song is definitely hook-heavy in the sense that every time I listen to it, I found myself waiting for the chorus. I hate running, but the chorus makes me want to sprint and not stop. The bass and drums are amazing in this song, and they’re consistent throughout, so there isn’t a low point as such, the chorus is just ridiculous, encouraged by the funky as drum fill that leads into it. This song is set up perfectly in my mind.

It’s the middle of winter here in Australia, but it may as well be 34 degrees, sunshine and clear skies with this song on repeat as much as it is. Do yourself a favour.

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Personal Tunes

So I found a bunch of questions relating to music in our personal lives that I think will be interesting to answer for you all, so here it goes.

 

1. Your favourite song.
– Why is this the first question? Surely this is the worst question to start off with? If I really had to choose, like, life or death, answer the question or else type situation…it would be September by Earth, Wind and Fire.

2. Your least favourite song.
– I don’t know if I’ll offend anyone with this, but Fields of Gold by Sting. Bad, bad experiences with this song. My dad laughs every time it comes on, because he knows it’s my downfall.

3. A song that makes you happy.
– Still Got Time by Zayn and PartyNextDoor. Such a tune.

4. A song that makes you sad.
– Human by Jon Bellion. That’s one of the saddest songs I have ever heard to day, and to take it a little step further, listen to the acoustic version.

5. A song that reminds you of someone.
Red, Red Wine by UB40. It reminds of my entire family, extended especially and how rowdy we get for that song. It’s a family favourite.

6. A song that reminds you of somewhere.
– I’m Yours by Jason Mraz. I went overseas on an immersion trip to this tiny tiny island with my school in Year 10, and we worked at a boarding school for a week, teaching in classrooms and helping around the villages. They all love music, singing and dancing and playing the guitar so they loved the fact that I could sing and play the guitar, and the girls and I sang this song when we first got there for the opening welcome ceremony. Throughout the week we were called into different classes to teach them because they wanted to know the song so bad, and on our last day at the farewell ceremony, the whole school had learnt the song and they sang it back to us.

7. A song that reminds you of a certain event.
 – I Know Where I’ve Been from Hairspray. I was a Dynamite. Dynamite #3 to be precise and whenever the cast or the leads get together we pump this song and belt it. Every time.

8. A song that you know all the words to.
 – Freaks and Geeks by Childish Gambino.

9. A song that you can dance to.
 – If you haven’t heard Swalla by Jason Derulo with Nicki Minaj, you haven’t lived. I dance to this all the time.

10. A song that makes you fall asleep.
 – Oblivion by Bastille. I only really got back into Bastille last year and this song is my favourite.

11. A song from your favourite band.
 – As long as they’re referred to as a boyband, One Direction will come under this category in my eyes, so Fool’s Gold by One Direction.

12. A song from a band you hate.
 – Glad You Came by The Wanted. Ugh.

13. A song that is a guilty pleasure.
 – Shalala Lala by The Vengaboys. All day everyday.

14. A song that no-one would expect you to love.
 – Tokka by Agnes Obel 

15. A song that describes you.
 – CRZY by Kehlani, so excited to see that girl in August.

16. A song that you used to love but now hate.
 Fancy by Iggy. Never again.

17. A song that you hear often on the radio.
 – There’s Nothing Holding Me Back by Shawn Mendes. I do love that song.

18. A song that you wish you heard on the radio.
 – Bibia Be Ye Ye by Ed Sheeran. Everyone deserves to be that happy while driving.

19. A song from your favourite album.
 – Ever Since New York from Harry’s self titled album. A track.

20. A sing that you listen to when you’re angry.
 – Brother by Matt Corby

21. A song that you listen to when you’re happy.
 – Kiwi by Harry Styles.

22. A song you listen to when you’re sad.
 – All I Want by Kodaline. I cry every time.

23. A song that you want to play at your wedding.
 – Perfect by Ed Sheeran. It’s honestly perfect. OR. Lucky by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat.

24. A song that you want to play at your funeral.
 – I Lived by One Republic. Or I Was Here by Beyonce.

25. A song that makes you laugh.
– Act My Age by One Direction. You can Irish dance really well to that.

26. A song that you can play on an instrument.
 – Mia and Sebastian’s Theme from La La Land on the piano. I don’t read music that well, but I slaved over that piece for two days. I can also play the drums for the theme song of The Office.

27.  A song that you wish you could play.
 – This is really wishful thinking by if one day I learn how to play Smooth by Santana and Rob Thomas on the guitar I’d die happily.

28. A song that makes you feel guilty.
 – Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams. I shouldn’t like that song. It goes against everything I stand for as a female.

29. A song from your childhood.
Mambo No.5. Here in Australia there was a kids show called Hi-5. It was an educational show with singing and dancing and all that good stuff so mum used to record it on cassette. Well, after that was the music video show Rage and on one particular occasion the cassette recorded the first five minutes of Rage, which happened to be Mambo No.5, so whenever I watched that tape, I’d also jam to the song. To this day I still love that song so much.

30. Your favourite song of all time last year.
 – T Shirt Weather by Circa Waves. It just reminded me of summer all through the year and my friends and I all loved that song.

 

Hope you guys liked that! Let me know about any songs that might fit into any of these categories, I’d love to hear your stories!

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