My most recent visit to Margate was my favourite yet. Not only did I finally see Metronomy (in my home town no less), everywhere I looked was a touch of magic – the whole town thriving with creativity and really shining as a community. For the first time in ages, I felt so much joy to simply be back home and that is all thanks to By The Sea.
It has been nearly a week since Superfood released their absolute belter of a second album and I still can’t get enough. I hadn’t written anything in a little while and wanted to get back on track with it all. I think it’s safe to say that the press release for Bambino came just in time.
It seems that as long as Wolf Alice are releasing new material, I’m ready to write about it. In my last Music Diary, it was the ferocious ‘Yuk Foo’ that sent me to my notepad, writing a track of the day for Vulture Hound. Then, just days after the release of ‘Don’t Delete The Kisses’ from their upcoming second album, here I am ready to post the next diary. The playlist itself has been sitting privately on my Spotify for a couple weeks now, and covers a bunch of different artists.
In the last month or so I have fallen deeply in love with Meadowlark. From listening to their album ready for review, to travelling to Guildford for a live show, my thoughts on this band have gone from “yeah they’re cool” to “omg I just can’t stop talking about them”.
Wow, what a busy few weeks I’ve had! Well, vaguely busy with a lack of motivation thrown in for good measure, BUT, rest assured I have still been listening to a load of new music. So, to make up for this post not quite running to schedule – which, let’s be honest, is something that only really matters to my little perfectionist brain – this playlist will feature more tracks than usual.
I was lucky enough to get press for Common People festival again this year, and much like last time, my favourite part of the day was The Uncommon Stage. Local bands were full of raw passion and the atmosphere in that tent was just unshakable.
There was a lot of hesitation with this week’s music diary. Yes this post will go from females of the DIY punk scene, to, well, Harry Styles and I’m fully aware that they don’t necessarily belong in the same playlist, but that’s not really the point. I’m referring to these posts as diaries because my aim is to document each week (more or less) in terms of music, to see what I’ve been enjoying over time. The only theme is ‘what Sam likes this week’. Of course at times there may be a collection of songs that piece together perfectly, but we’ll put that down to circumstance.
If you read my post about the Tashaki Miyaki album, you might remember that I mentioned another dream pop album that I received on the same day. Well, I can finally share it with you! I fell in love with Morningside by Fazerdaze instantly, and was incredibly happy to be able to listen to it way over a month before it was to be released. That said, with all the time came a lot of procrastination, so when it came to writing up my review, I had listened to this album perhaps a little too much.
It’s the second week of my music diary, and to be really honest, I thought coming up with ten new tracks would be hard. Not so much. Within minutes of posting last week’s, I had already made up half of my playlist and it has been so stimulating for my music hungry brain. Yes, I am a little concerned about the upcoming week, but what I’ve found is that I’m planning to go to more gigs, looking into more artists and realising that my passion for music is never ending, so I really don’t think it will be too hard at all.
Here goes, my attempt to keep looking for new music to love and adore, whether it’s the latest tracks from the big bands, listening to recommendations from friends or just browsing through new artists myself. I’d like to make a new playlist each week with just a few songs I’m loving at that moment in time. It may be that some tracks are more current than others as I may find an album from a band that had previously missed my radar, so if their EP from 2012 piques my interest, then so be it.