25 May 2013

Music Love #BEDM

The prompt for this post would've coincided perfectly with Saturday since I attended the Dot To Dot music festival in Bristol on Saturday. Ya know, if I hadn't been such a poor excuse for a human being blogger. Instead, you're getting some well-matured content. I'm not saving it am I?

Moving on.

This is a difficult topic for me. Music is a huge part of my life. It really would be a serious consideration whether, given the choice, I should lose my sight or my hearing. It can depend on the day. And it is doubly difficult to narrow down my choices. Five albums? Where do I even start?! I'm not always an album-person anyway; there are some individual songs I adore whilst having no idea what the rest of the album sounds like. I feel naughty admitting that, not sure why. 

I was trying to decide between five favourites of all time or my five current favourites... OK, I've decided. Some of them are favourites, some are those I just really want to share whilst their residence on the all-time-favourites list is as yet, undecided. Discovering new music is a biggie so one or two will also be quite new to me.

Back To Front – Lionel Richie

This album holds a very special place in my, and my family's, heart(s) for very personal reasons that I am not going to share here. But it's also because it was the soundtrack to a good few years of my youth. My dad had purchased a new car with a CD player (!) and this was one of the CDs we owned. I'm not even sure I can pick out one particular track as my favourite, I love them all, but All Night Long and Dancing On The Ceiling never fail to get me to my feet. Never. Lionel also just seems like an awesome dude!

Ceremonials – Florence + The Machine

I was very nearly going to cheat and choose two albums – Ceremonials and Lungs by Florence – as one but I have been strict with myself. The main reason Ceremonials pips Lungs to the post is because I've listened to it less and so there is still an amount of novelty to it. Her voice is phenomenal; it is unmistakeable on the radio. Several of her songs are haunting and the sounds she chooses to put together are very original. I saw her live in Manchester a few years ago; just incredible.

Six60 – Six60

I discovered this rock band less than a week ago at Dot To Dot and feel very privileged to have seen them live. They were immense! They really got the crowd going and I danced liked an absolute nutcase. Not only that, but I also got to meet these five lovely guys from New Zealand after the show, have a chat and a picture with them and also get a free, signed copy of their album. Not bad for a night's work, eh? My current favourites are Lost and Forever but genuinely so many of the others are good. Their Wiki page has an apt description of their music; a blend of soul, rock, dubstep and drum and bass. Check out their music here.

Bad Blood – Bastille

Another one that is fairly new to me. Favourite tracks? Probably Pompeii, Bad Blood and Laura Palmer. The Abbey Road Sessions on the Extended Cut are very good. It's getting late and my battery is close to empty (the charger is so. far. away) so I'll leave you with this pretty glowing paraphrased report I gave to a friend recently: I am in love with this album and have been listening to it nonstop all day whilst cleaning! The start of one song reminds me of Thorin's theme/Misty Mountains. And there's reggae/mod and African influences in others. Who wouldn't like these things?!

xx – The xx

And last but by no means least, this is one that has actually been gathering a little metaphorical dust on my Spotify but has had some good air time in the past. They're Indie pop supposedly (I really should try harder to learn genres) although 'indie' has somewhat lost its meaning now. My favourite track would have to beeeee Heart Skipped A Beat but the entire album is great; even the start of the Intro gives me goosebumps. Ohhh see, now I've put it on and even at 12:30am, it's given me that music kick! A brilliant album.

Phew! I'm glad that's done. Turns out I like British, specifically English artists then.

This month, I'm taking part in Blog Every Day in May (BEDM) and this is day 25.

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