7 Albums Getting Me Through Lockdown

When the going gets tough, we all have something that we fall back on. It might be exercise, reading, eating, or all of the above. For me, music has brought the most comfort . Of course, lockdown playlists are in abundance, not to mention listening parties and Instagram live sessions. James Blake’s live streams have been a particular favourite of mine, and I finally got involved with #TimsTwitterListeningParty – I can’t wait for a run through of The Horrors’ Primary Colours record! It really makes me long for more listening parties in the future.

I have made my own playlist; Quarantunes – ever the creative, I know. I am not sure if the tracks necessarily go together, but I have tried to keep some sort of flow. Starting with upbeat pop hits, leading into some more indie tracks, then all sorts through to some classics from earlier decades. It might not all make sense, but it really just makes me happy. Of course I am still spending a lot of time listening to Vinilo Record Store’s constantly growing ‘music to get you through’ collection, a great mix of songs I love as well as some new finds. At times I have found myself diving into these new finds and discovering whole albums that I now just can’t do without.

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Caribou – Our Love

You can dance to it, you can plug-in and chill out to it – you just can’t do without it. Caribou’s latest album Our Love is more than a list of songs, its many layers of genres come through in an abundance of warm synths and airy vocals.

It’s got pop, it’s got soul, and most of all it’s got depth. There is something wonderfully complex about the waves of different genres in this album, but not so much that it distracts you. When listening you think along with the music and hear all these different elements that leave you second guessing those explicit pop tones. ‘Can’t Do Without You’ is one track of many from the album that if you played in a club it’d go down a treat. Take it out of that context, however, and even through its repetition it becomes much more elaborate and this recurs throughout the album. Intricate combinations of R&B and, arguably, hints of drum and bass, Caribou blurs the genre lines to some extent beyond recognition, resulting in an original and established album.

SINGLE REVIEW: Caribou – Can’t Do Without You

Originally posted on Noise Cannon as part of the Noise of the Week feature: http://noisecannon.com/2014/10/13/noise-of-the-week-61014/

More often than not electronic music is passed off as club music with very little consideration of anything else it may have to offer. Caribou has successfully challenged this notion with ‘Can’t Do Without You’, the opening track for latest album Our Love. The track may be relatively simple, highly repetitive, and sure it sticks to some of your typical ‘club’ sounds, but nevertheless each element of ‘Can’t Do Without You’ increasingly functions as a surge of intense emotion. It’s easy to listen to, it’s relateable, plus it’s a fun one to boogie to, so what’s not to love?