June Monthly Mixtape

2019, music

Hello!

This months mixtape feels really short – my discovery weekly playlists have been mostly rubbish, there’s been lots of new releases and there’s one song I’ve had on repeat for most of this month (that we’ll get to later) but I don’t feel like I’ve listened to a lot of music.

I do still have a few songs to talk about, so here’s some of my highlights from my June music playlist!

Easier (5 Seconds of Summer) surprised me to be honest – I have such a weird relationship with what I think about the band and my favourite 5SOS era was ‘Sounds Good Feels Good’, but I really like how experimental this song is. They’re trying something new again within the pop-electric realm and I actually really enjoyed it. Some of the lyrics are a bit forced but it’s fun!

Forfeit (Arrows in Action) is a band and a song I never would have heard if it wasn’t for my discover weekly playlist but it gives me major Alex Gaskarth/old All Time Low vibes and I’m 100% here for it. Definitely going to be looking into the bands other songs!

I’m Not Okay (I Promise) (Robyn Adele Anderson) is a refreshing take on the classic teenage emo song – I love jazz/swing remixes of pop chart songs and this one really took me by surprise. The vocals are astonishing, the arrangement is true to the genre and the original song simultaneously and it made me smile on the bus, which is the best kind of song really!

Outside Looking In (Jordan Pruitt) – this song is on the playlist exclusively because I remembered it existed and it was a banger when I was 12. It got me through tough times of no friends and difficult friendships and boy-o I would belt it at the top of my lungs and rediscovering it has been a blast.

End Of The World (Plain White T’s) was a song I literally added this afternoon – I was giving this week’s discover weekly a listen on the bus and this is the only song I liked enough to engage with at all. It was a cute, catchy bop – nothing ground breaking, but a fun listen.

My shoutout of the month goes to the song I’ve had on loop – the song that at first I was very ‘eh’ about, then the melody kept cropping up in my head and then I started really listening to the lyrics and really fell in love with Guiltless (dodie).

It’s been a mixed month for music, to be fair to Spotify I didn’t have as much time for listening to music as I usually do and with a new routine settling into place I need to figure out how to integrate music into the time I have but as always, I love writing these posts – if you have any recommendations let me know in the comments! This months challenge is listening to my Release Radar playlist as well as my Discover Weekly on Spotify!

Thank you so much for reading,

Sophie xx

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busted – night driver | tour review

2017, music

Hello!

Last night I saw Busted on their Night Driver 2017 tour in Portsmouth and it was amazing – I’ve been a fan of Busted since their first album in 2002, when I was just six years old and being able to see them reunited again fifteen years later just feels quite monumental to me.

Start of the night took a few points away from Portsmouth Guildhall – they confiscated my camera because it was ‘on a selfie stick’ (I have a tiny tripod attached to it) and it had a detachable lens so clearly it was too professional. I was not a happy bunny.

But when the concert started it all got a bit better – Busted’s support, Natives, were a brilliant choice of opening act – they were upbeat and engaging with Imagine Dragons vibes, vibrant patterned shirts and so many different drums and rhythms – they really got the audience going without assuming we knew who they were, which is often the problem with support acts I find.

Watching the crew set up for Busted was really interesting – this is the first time I’d been to a gig with a bunch of techies, the three boys I was with all study TV and audio and all intend to (or at least, very much enjoy) working in live music so they were chatting all about the speakers and the lights and the way the levels of the music was being played (there was talk of EQ being too high?) and it was all just very interesting. I’m not clever enough to do what they do but it’s still the ultimate dream to work on a tour with one of my favourite bands, whether that be social media, YouTube or some sort of journalism related job, I just feel it’s my calling.

On a more tour related note, the set for this tour was astonishing – there were six pillars of lights and the way they were used to emphasise the mood and impact of the songs was really effective. The light show was one of the most astonishing and impressive parts of the show for sure (outside the music, of course).

Now for the music, I have to talk about the keyboard/synth/percussion set up each band member had – James just had a piano, Charlie had a piano and a synth keyboard and a tambourine and I think Matt had a piano and a synth pad but I couldn’t see him too well. By ‘piano’ I mean keyboard but they all had custom designed keyboard to fit with the set and they were gorgeous. It really showed they’d put a lot of thought and effort into making it as much a show as it was a performance.

Then there was the band themselves – seeing live music will never not be one of my favourite things, hearing the songs I listen to on repeat live will never fail to make me smile or cry or feel some sort of emotion and hearing old songs like Sleeping With The Light On, 3am and Air Hostess (flight attendant) live will always make my nostalgic heart happy, but hearing my first ever favourite band performing new songs from their 2016 album like New York, Night Driver and Kids With Computers was just as fun.

One thing I will say is that I wasn’t a massive fan of the set list – I felt like there was a lot of focus on the new songs, which makes sense but they sacrificed playing some of their biggest and most favourite songs, namely Thunderbirds Are Go and Meet You There to promote the newer songs was a bit sad. I understand that obviously they wanted to promote the new album but they could tell and everyone in the audience knew that the older songs were the real hits. The comparison I use is that when I go and see All Time Low, they substitute some of their older songs for newer songs when they release a new record but it doesn’t mean they’ll stop playing Weightless or finishing the show with Dear Maria – songs like Thunderbirds are some of Busted’s most famous songs and I was really excited for it, so it was a little disappointing that it wasn’t there.

I feel like 2016/2017 has been pretty significant for both Busted and myself – when I did daily-blogging in June last year, the very first post I planned was a review of the Pigs Can Fly tour and it’s the first post in the notebook I now use for planning all of my blog posts.

And I stand by that; I’ve been a Busted fan for so long and in less than a year I’ve seen them on two headline tours, I’ve seen them release new music for the first time since I was a kid, I’ve seen them play that new music alongside getting to meet them at an album launch signing, making a full package about the signing for uni, getting a signed album and having them see the tweet about my package – it’s been pretty monumental!

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Busted have been a huge part of my life and they stand to be one of my favourite bands, so being able to see them reunite and release new music after so long makes me so happy.

I’ve got two All Time Low concerts coming up next month which I will probably write a review for, then in April I’m planning (hoping) to go to some more local gigs in Southampton, go and see bands I’ve not heard of and listen to new music – any recommendations?

If you liked this kind of review please do let me know in the comments, I’m still kind of experimenting with new content on my blog!

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

 

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Intertwined, dodie | Music Review

2016, music, Uncategorized

Hello!

I know I wrote about Sick of Losing Soulmates about two weeks ago but the whole EP is out now and I want to write about it because I love it so much!

Intertwined is a very pretty song – it’s very ‘dodie’ because it’s really meaningful lyrics and poignant melodies and enchanting harmonies and there’s a reason that it’s the title of the EP. It’s a really beautiful song, whether you’re already a fan of Dodie or not.

The second song is a 40 second track called ‘I’ve got a hole in my tooth’ and it’s the most satyrical, hilarious song that feels like a meme in itself.  It’s my boyfriends favourite song (not that I’ve listened to the EP enough that he has a favourite song… he knows most of the words I’m very proud) and I love the recorder. I’ve also seen this song live and, as expected, it’s as wonderful as the studio version.

Absolutely Smitten is my most favourite song on the EP – comparing it to the original song and how much it’s grown and Dodie’s vocals have matured is just incredible. It makes me feel so happy, it’s such a feel good and lighthearted song – I thoroughly recommend it in the shower or if you’ve had a bad day, definitely put it on repeat one because by the second listening you’ll definitely be smiling.

I need someone to help me cover this song because the glockenspiel is phenomenal.

Life Lesson confuses me a little bit – it sounds like it’s going to be motivational and inspiring but then it says what it says at the end (no spoilers, go listen for yourself!) and I’m like yes let yourself feel sad or upset and don’t suppress it but also I thought it would be about grabbing opportunities and taking on the world. Mixed opinions – good song but not sure how it makes me feel?

Sick of Losing Soulmates – normally when I listen to a song over and over, when the full album or EP comes out I skip it because I’ve had enough of it but I’m really not sick of this song (lol), it means a lot to me. For a full review, you can read it here!

When is such a beautiful song – when I wrote the first song review I hadn’t listened to it really properly and now I have and I can’t wait to learn all the words. The lyrics say that she still wishes she was 16 and I’ve felt really similarly nostalgic about things and people the way they were when I was 16 so I need to learn this song more, I adore it so I need to learn all the words.

Dodie has such a beautiful voice and this EP really does represent who she is as a musician and a person. I thoroughly recommend listening to it, if you can’t buy it on iTunes then have a listen on Spotify!

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

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Dodie Clark – Sick of Losing Soulmates [EP Release]

2016, music

Hello!

I’ve been a fan of Dodie Clark for a couple of years now, I wrote a blog post about ‘Adored By Him‘, her video ‘my sexuality‘ which went on to become ‘i’m bisexual WOO‘ helped me figure myself out in leaps and bounds and she’s just an adorable, honest and inspirational human being who isn’t afraid to talk about flaws or insecurities and quite often makes 5-10 minute videos about what’s going on in her mind and it’s just so raw and real and relatable. Points to Dodie for being so real online.

But at heart she’s always been a musician and this year sees the release of her debut EP ‘Intertwined’, coming out November 18th. The studio version of ‘Sick of Losing Soulmates’ (one of her most popular songs) has already been released and new original ‘when’ has been posted on her YouTube channel.

If you haven’t heard ‘Sick of Losing Soulmates’, I thoroughly recommend it (especially because I’m going to review/promote it further down, so it’ll be lovely background music for reading the rest of the post!).

(Go give the studio version a listen too! It’s on Spotify and iTunes and Google Play and every other streaming service you can name, probably)

Sick of Losing Soulmates is one of my favourite songs of all time (musical friends, help me cover it I know every vocal line I just can’t play guitar well enough) – it’s just so beautiful lyrically, melodically and I love the bass line.

One day I will actually learn bass, when I have money and time. One day!

Dodie’s voice is absolutely stunning and I love how deep and poignant the song sounds – it’s a song that can be interpreted in so many different ways by each person that listens to it – I think it’s meant to be about losing a relationship or a loved one but to me, it really resonates a lot with thinking friends are going to stick around when they don’t but it makes me sad but in a good way? I’ve definitely not articulated that very well but I think the message comes across.

With her new song ‘when’, we can see the progression from the girl who did ukulele covers in her bedroom, to the young singer-songwriter who writes beautiful songs with heart and passion.

And just to ruin the mood completely, I’m so tired that I initially typed ‘singer-songer’ instead of singer-songwriter and it made me laugh a lot. I hope it makes you laugh too.

You can pre-order ‘Intertwined’ on iTunes and get ‘Sick of Losing Soulmates’ straight away!

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

 

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