I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I don’t hide or shy away from my music taste. I like what I like and am happy with that; I’ve been told before that my music taste is at least half decent, so I thought it’d be interesting for everyone reading (myself included) to see how my music taste has developed. Thus; the following songs are those that really shaped my current view of music. I’ve attempted to put them in roughly the right order of me hearing them too to show how I’ve changed overtime.
Starting poppy but with the best artist arguably ever; Michael Jackson was drummed into me since being a baby. I’m so glad that this is where my music taste began.
I’m not going to try and be pretentious or indie with this. I’m going to break what seems to be a mortal sin in the world of music blogging: I’m going to accept that some of the songs that have given us the most enjoyment over the past year have come from the POP genre. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the list.
20. Passion Pit – Take A Walk:
This song is a solid juxtaposition between an upbeat pop sound and rather negative lyrics about an immigrant struggling to keep up with life in the United States economy.
So apparently there’s only a couple of weeks left of the world. Obviously that’s nonsense, but still, it’s always worth looking at the best music that’s come out this year. As dubstep continued it’s growth and spread into the world of pop, a lot of other genres were pushed under the radar. So it’s time to dig out some of the gems in what was actually a widely impressive year for music (despite the best efforts of those at X Factor); welcome to the best albums of 2012. Queue the Top of the Pops theme.
10. Two Door Cinema Club – Beacon
I hate myself for this. I was trying to think of things that were out there and inspiring. Then I realised; music is for enjoyment. And Beacon delivers for that, no doubt. Although lacking in musical creativity, the band from County Down seemed to have lost their nerves for this album and blasted out the catchiness present from Tourist History (2010) with newfound confidence. The lead single ‘Sleep Alone’ proved to be a little bland and almost another album track from Tourist History, but once you divulge yourself in the depths of this album, their new sounds comes clear. Tracks such as ‘Handshake’ and ‘Someday’ have that indie-disco sound that few have successfully found before. Quite a step forward for the band and a thoroughly enjoyable, if a little poppy, album.
Good Evening all. Enjoyed your return to work/school/uni/realising you’re still unemployed on this crisp Monday at the beginning of December? I didn’t, but as my lecture timetable goes, I have both Tuesday and Wednesday off this week so I’m feeling pretty tranquil and content. Thus, my music choices today will reflect that; there’s been a lull in new music so I thought I’d send out some of the best bits of chilled music to calm everyone else down as they start their weeks. Aren’t I nice?
Starting up, I’ll go to a band most would be surprised to see on a chilled playlist: Enter Shikari. If you ask me, most of their stuff is horrible and an incoherent mess, but when I was younger I had a bit of a guilty pleasure for them. The only song that’s lasted through is ‘Adieu’. Wonderfully relaxed and a rather unappreciated album track on Take to the Skies; in my opinion this is by far the best written of all of the indie/screamo/hardcore band’s songs.
So, in my last post I said that I was going to upload stuff twice a week. Evidently, that did not happen; I’m blaming a hell of a lot of uni work for that. However, I’ve now basically finished for this term and thought I’d come back and actually start writing again. So, to get things started, I’ll send out another of my inspirational music playlists.
I’m a bit of a weirdo in that I can’t really write properly without music on, and this track from The Weeknd (no, that’s not a typo) is one I’ve been relying on for much of this term. So chilled and so much swagger. Also, listen out at 1:16 for a snippet of Abel sounding just like Michael Jackson. It’s just too good.