The Vinyl Records // Round Two

Hi friends!

Hope you’re all well and thriving. Today’s post is gonna be Round Two of my Vinyl Series!

The record I wanna share today is one of the first ones I actually bought for myself as soon as I got my record player, I mean after I got sick of my Jim Reeves op shop vinyl, and that is Rainbow Valley by old mate, Matt Corby.

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This is honestly one of my all time favourite records I own, purely because of how incredibly beautiful this album sounds translated on vinyl.

As I did with Round One of the The Vinyl Records, which you can read HERE, I’m just gonna share a few of my favourite tracks from the record, instead of going on a bit of a ramble about every single track!

No Ordinary Life This song is sublime. The piano, the strings in the background, the layered harmonies, it all comes together so seamlessly, this song is genuinely such a trip to listen to. Add in the drums and how they just drive the song along with such a steady chug, and it’s so easy to get lost in this song. I find it ten times more beautiful when listening to it on vinyl. This album in my mind, was made to be listened to on vinyl. Hands down. This song is probably one of the best indicators of that.

All That I Say This song is such a groovy track. The vocals in this are a great mix of flowing and ebbing drawls and short, snappy backing vocals, and it all works together so nicely. The bass in this track is also probably my favourite part, it definitely carries the song for me.

Get With The Times I have to refrain from including literally every song on the album in this list, but I had to throw this one in there. This one is my favourite in terms of Matt Corby’s vocal performance. It’s another song that features a really tasteful electric guitar groove, nestled in amongst the piano and backing vocals, and the lead vocals are so sweet and beautiful.

All Fired Up Beautiful song. Beautiful arrangement, beautiful singing, I can’t say much else for this track.

Miracle Love  I always wait to reach this song when I’m making my way through the record. So much emotion packed into one song and I think for me, this is Corby’s best vocal performance on the entire track. So impactful and raw, and it truly shows off just how talented he is as a singer and musician.

That brings us to the end of our second Vinyl Records! Hopefully you enjoyed this post, I sure loved getting the opportunity to lay down in bed and listen to the vinyl on repeat while I wrote up this post.

x

Priya

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The Vinyl Records // Round One

   Hello, hello, hello!!

Today’s post, is a kinda cute one. I get to acknowledge my beautiful group of friends (though they may not all see this), and immortalise them and their beautiful-ness on this blog in a round-about way.

I turned 21 on the 11th of August last year. However, on the 10th of August, I celebrated with my friends and my family. Most of you know Kate by now, my absolute best friend in the entire world, who without, I’d probably be dead.

Kate was the bearer of my big present for the year, on behalf of herself and a bunch of my friends. By the title, I’m crossing my fingers that you’ve figured out that the lovely bunch of legends bought me a record player, which is something I’ve been wanting for years. I’ve never pulled the trigger on it and bought it myself, so the fact that my friends did it for me genuinely made me cry, the video of which was promptly shared in their group chat.

That said, I’ve had the record player since then, and it’s had it’s fair share spin.

So for today’s post, I’m gonna do the first post in a round up of some of the records I’ve scored, where I got them, and a lil bit about the tunes on the records.

Since I scored the player for my birthday, I thought that for the first post in this series I’d share a record that my other close friend Nishika and her boyfriend got me for my 21st. I’m sure there’ll be some guesses as to what it is.

 

Jon Bellion – Glory Sound Prep

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In a very unlike me fashion, I refrained from making a post dedicated to this album when it came out in November 2018. I don’t know why, but I don’t think I can ever do this album justice in the sense of putting it into words.

However, I was super grateful to be able to experience it on vinyl. It was actually the first album I was going to purchase as soon as I got the record player, until Nishika had to spoil the surprise for my own good and let me know it was already on it’s way, which I’m very grateful for.

I also finally got to see my literal biggest inspiration in November 2019, and getting to hear the album in person was a whole different experience. Again, I didn’t have it in me to make a blog post about it because I didn’t know, and still don’t know, how you sum up nearly 6 years of dedication to an artist, into one night??? I don’t know man, this album is in my top five albums of the decade, and in my top five favourite albums ever. This album is so emotive and nuanced. There’s so much I could say about this album, and I probably should, considering that’s kinda my job around here, but I’ll stick with picking out a few tracks and carrying on about them rather than rambling about the album in it’s entirety.

Conversations With My Wife
I mean – what a way to share the fact that you’re married, than with a song like this. It’s the first track on the album and listening to it for the first time was the best indicator that this album, is lyrically, genius. There’s so much to unpack in just this song alone, but to date, it’s probably one of my favourite songs when it comes to storytelling and just beautifully constructing a love song dedication.

Let’s Begin (Roc Marciano, RZA, B.Keyz, Travis Mendes)
In a complete change of pace, this song is Jon’s opportunity to go IN. He’s not defined as a rapper when you first discover him, but when you dive into his catalogue, you find songs like this and it becomes obvious that he is criminally underrated as a rapper. I rate Jon Bellion higher than a lot of definable rappers, and that’s genuinely not me being biased at all. Just listen to this song and a few of his other tracks, for example New York Soul Pt. II, and you’ll understand where I’m coming from.

The Internet
This song is featured on this list because it was one of my favourites to see Jon perform live at The Forum in November. The vibes were immaculate. It’s such a fun and upbeat song, and to hear everyone absolutely belting the lyrics while Jon and his team were clearly just having a ball up on stage was so wholesome and it was this song that gave my little, ‘holy shit this is real, this is happening, he’s real and this is actually a thing that’s happening to me right now’ moment during the concert. I’m pretty sure I even cried during this one.

Cautionary Tales
This song was probably my first favourite track from the entire record. I love the bass line in this song so much, plus the lyrics are insane. So much story telling, mixed in with incredible production and an amazing energy that I haven’t been able to find in another song since hearing this for the first time. It’s one of those songs that just delivers the switch-ups that’s become synonymous with Jon Bellion’s music.

Mah’s Joint (Quincy Jones)
This song ended me. I think because it’s written from a perspective that is so harshly definitive of where I was when he released this album. It’s essentially a song from Jon’s point of view, directed to his mother, dealing with his grandmother’s Alzheimer’s and when this song was released, it was at the pinnacle point in time of my family going through the same thing. It being the last song on the album felt all the more poignant to me, and it was the song that completely sent me over the edge and had me dissolved into a puddle of tears. I also sent it off to my cousin, my mum and her two sisters and all of them called me minutes after listening to it. My mum even shared this song on her FaceBook and I had a whole army of middle aged women tagging me in the comments to talk about the song for the next week. Then you get this uplifting and beautiful instrumentation, by the one and only Quincy Jones, mixed with Jon’s voice and his own production, and it’s like this huge celebration of life for the last 4 minutes or so of the track.

Let me know if you’ve listened to the album or any of Jon’s music! Plus – I’d love to hear about your favourite vinyl’s!!

x

Priya

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