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Review: Glass Animals at Manchester’s Gorilla

‘Wavey Davey’s On Fire’

Last night, after a lengthy absence, tropical indie band Glass Animals made a grand return to the stage at Manchester’s Gorilla.

After drummer Joe Seaward almost lost his life in a cycling accident, the band went on hiatus until his recovery had progressed to a place at which they could perform again, and after one small show in Oxford in 2019, the band are back on their first tour is almost three years.

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In My Ears – Top 5 Tracks of March 2019

Welcome back to ‘In My Ears’, it’s not about earworms, wax and whatever else you may find in your ears (I don’t know your life), but about 5 tracks that I’ve loved throughout the month. Catch February’s edition here, and keep on reading for the 5 songs I’ve fawned over this month.

Glass Animals – JDNT

Glass Animals are one of the most refreshing bands to pop up this decade. They’re carefully created a sound that no one else has, a sound that feels like a soundtrack, pop song and an ethereal welcoming to the gates of heaven all at the same time. ‘JDNT’ from the band’s first album is exactly that. Front man Dave Bayley uses incredibly soothing vocals, mixed with some strangely intoxicating lyrics to make ‘JDNT’ a masterpiece.

Sigrid – Never Mine

Sigrid has finally released her debut album and it’s not a surprise in the slightest that it slaps hard. It’s full of pop hits, one of the best being ‘Never Mine’. A bouncy, effortlessly relatable, kinda-love song with catchy choruses and massive backing beats. ‘Never Mine’ is one her best tracks yet and deserves all the praise it’s been getting.

MARINA – Orange Trees

MARINA’s new era has seen us losing the ‘diamonds’ and welcoming in a fresh pop sound. ‘Orange Trees’ is undoubtedly the best of the three tracks released from her upcoming double album ‘LOVE + FEAR’. ‘Orange Trees’ reminisces on Marina’s childhood in Greece, with sprinklings of light pop, a vocal undulation that no one will be able to replicate, and her lush vocals painting a vivid picture of a paradise. ‘Superstar’ wasn’t a great track from Marina, but we’re back to glittery, synth pop drawing inspirations from only sources available to her.

Marshmello + Chvrches – Here With Me

In a Marshmello track you expect larger than life synth and beats. However, Chvrches lead singer Lauren Mayberry’s vocals take the spotlight here, and the track massively benefits from it. Synth band and synth heavy producer came together to produce something that is almost stripped back for the two of them. Unexpected, but totally welcome.

They Might Be Giants – Istanbul

Episode one of The Umbrella Academy really changed me and has had me singing this song every single day. This tune is addictive beyond belief, fun and bouncy, and not at all what you expect to be played during a gunfight in a department scene. I’m head over heels for The Umbrella Academy, this track will keep me going until season two (fingers crossed).

Find these 5 tracks in the ‘In My Ears’ playlist, as well as all previous ‘In My Ears’ tracks, below on Spotify.

 

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MOST LISTENED TO

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Welcome to this totally narcissistic and self-serving blog series where I laud about the music I’ve been listening to over the last few weeks, as if my music taste is something to shout over. Well I think it is, because it’s my music taste, of course I like it.

Anyway this ramble is going on like an artist between songs at a gig who’s just a tad nervous. Catch the songs I was loving a few weeks back here. I calculate these songs using Obscurify and have my own little golden rule of only included one main song per artist, otherwise this month we’d have two Panic! At The Disco tracks.

1) Selfish Love – Jessie Ware

Ever since my sister put on one of Jessie’s earliest tracks in her car many moons ago, I’ve been enamoured with her voice. But I never really listen to her enough, now I’m rectifying that awful mistake by binging on ‘This is: Jessie Ware’, her latest album ‘Glasshouse’ and her fucking amazing podcast with her mum ‘Table Manners with Jessie Ware’.

‘Selfish Love’ fits into a niche category of music video, ‘singer kills cheating husband in the pool of their luxurious Californian mansion’. Magnets- Disclosure + Lorde is the only other I know that fits into this weird and wonderful category.

But to actually discuss the song that we’re here to talk about and to not babble about podcasts and murder, ‘Selfish Love’ is a banging tune, it’s my favourite track of her’s. It’s ethereal, powerful, peaceful and suspenseful all at the same time. It’s like if Mr and Mrs Smith were all about sex and power instead of being spies, though that film kinda was all an allegory for sex and their relationship huh?

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20 Facts About the Blogger

Over the last couple of days there’s been a trend on Instagram of stories featuring a couple of facts about bloggers, I have no idea where this began but if you do please let me know so that I can appropriately credit them here.

As it’s been a boatload of fun to read everyone’s facts and learn a bit more about the people I see on my timelines everyday, I thought I’d boost these 5 facts on stories to 20 facts in a bit more of a permanent place.

 1) I’m the youngest of 3 siblings, my two sisters are 11 and 12 years older than I am.

2) I’ve never broken a bone, though I once bruised the bone in my wrist by tripping over in heelies. I was 13. Far too old for heelies.

3) I’ve had a total of 10 housemates in my time, due to uni and house sharing in London. 10 is a whole lot of people to live with over a few years. I’ve had some fucking awful ones.

4) I spent a month travelling around Japan right before my final University exams, which meant that I was writing coursework on the bullet trains between cities.

5) I have a degree in law, a career path I don’t think I’ll actually ever end up going down.

6) I always studied very academic subjects despite deep down wanting to study things more creative. My jobs since leaving education have all relied on creativity, I don’t think I’ll be going back to academia anytime soon.

7) I identify as bisexual. I’ve got a post in the works on this, though it’s a topic I don’t really discuss that much. I always knew growing up that I didn’t feel ‘straight’, leading to a lot of confusion during my teens until I just accepted that I’m attracted to what I’m attracted to at around age 18.

8) When I was 21 I quit my only job to go to V Festival all so I could see Sia perform live. I knew I wouldn’t be able to get the time off work and absolutely hated the job so just threw the towel in and got in the car to head to V. That same day I watched Bastille perform, a band I knew little about bar their big hits, and then fell completely in love with their music. I’ve seen them 9 times since then.

9) I really dislike cooking so only make anything that’s quick, easy and cheap. Sounds like a description of me.

10) My absolute worst habit is biting my nails, I’ve been trying to stop for years but always fail. Currently I’m trying to incentivise myself with a record if I don’t bite my nails for a week. It’s not working yet.

11) Cereal is my favourite food, specifically an off brand Krave called Chocolatey Checkers that don’t exist anymore. I contacted the brand multiple times to find out if they’ll ever bring it back, it’s a solid no.

12) I aim to visit 25 countries by the age of 25. As of right now I’m at 18 with the vast majority being in Europe, I’m hoping to expand this to South American and Oceanian countries in the 2 1/2 years I have until I hit 25.

13) I took up archery for a while because I really admired Katniss Everdeen. I was mediocre.

14) When watching TV shows and films, I get very invested in them and must know everything about the world, the behind the scenes, the character’s backstories and motivations, the source material, etc. Watching Game of Thrones ended with me intensely studying theories night after night for months after finishing the books (which also took months to get through)

15) My poison of choice is whisky/whiskey. This all came about because I watched Mad Men, in which every person bloody drinks whiskey all the live long day. Turns out I actually really do like it.

16) I love anime, I spent my teens watching series after series and collecting all of the merchandise. I still love anime as a form of storytelling, though I began to enjoy watching more western series so that I could discuss it and theorise with my friends in real life, rather than discussing it with small English speaking communities online. I still watch anime, though I struggle to find the time these days. My favourite series, that everyone should watch, is Puella Magi Madoka Magica and my favourite animation studio is SHAFT.

17) Glass Animals are one of my favourite bands, I watched their Glasto set as BBC iPlayer put it on straight after Lorde’s. Immediately I knew that I was going to be head over heels for their music. I forgot about them until a few weeks later I saw Dave (frontman) in a bar I was in with a friend but couldn’t place him. Later I put their music on during the bus ride home and haven’t stop listening to them since.

18) I love to run, even though I’m shit at it. I have a knee injury which flares up almost every time I road run or run 5km or more, meaning that I barely go as much as I used to.

19) A huge percentage of my friends I met online. I find it strange looking back at it now, that some of the people I consider extremely important in my life now I met through a mutual love of Pokemon in our early teens!

20) Once John Stamos changed his Twitter bio to a Mean Girls reference because of my tweet. This is my true legacy.

I tag 12 blogging buddies I’d like to know more about:

Midnight and Lace

Stylefade

Halo of Thoughts

Luisa Christie

Joseph Burrows

Modish Male

A Bloke’s Eye View

Ryan Mules

Maff Jones

Mr. Carrington

Squibb Vicious
Life With Maria

+ everyone else because I want to know more about my friends. That sounded almost nice, that’s not on brand for me.

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Goodbye 2017!

2017 is coming to a close, here we are on the last day of the year. You BET I can’t fucking wait to make a joke about not having showered since last year, though I shower so infrequently I could make that joke now and mean 2016.

Last year I wrote a bit of a similar spiel to cover my year, to have a long ass list of what I did that year forever. It’s nothing of any quality, but it’s a nice thing to have to look back at.

 

 

 January. I opened this year by standing at Point Hill in Greenwich overlooking central London and the famous London NYE fireworks. They looked kinda tiny from that far away, London is a giant ass place. Amy and I went back to my new house, drank some prosecco and fell asleep at like 2am, it was clearly quite wild. A few days later I started my new job, as a social media and website intern (later becoming assistant) for a charity based in East London. I was all alone in this big city living with people I didn’t know then, but who went on to become like family to me. The rest of January was spent finding my feet in this new city I lived in. And at a conference in Morecambe, where it promptly pissed down. Whilst there I met and befriended so many people who are big parts of my life now, and also met Laura who I already knew through the wonderful world of Twitter, despite the two of us having 0 clue we were on the same internship scheme. Wild. The most important part of January was going to the Tate Modern for the first time. My favourite gallery, my favourite spot to have a coffee and take in the London skyline. I miss that place already.

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