New Old Favorites

I’ll admit it…sometimes, I’m late to the game. I keep up with current music as much as I can (alongside the artists I already love) but there are times when an older, classic album I’ve heard about for years (but never got around to listening to all the way through) slips through the cracks. I usually end up hearing it much later. Thank goodness for Spotify and its ever-increasing music library. I’m making it my goal this month to listen to one new, old record every week. Come join me on this nostalgic journey, and check out some of my new old favorites below! 🙂

verveUrban Hymns–The Verve

Most people recognize “Bittersweet Symphony,” the iconic earworm (AKA a catchy song that gets stuck in your head) which appears as the first track on this album. With tunes that feature echoey choruses, snippets of electronic zings and guitar harmonics, it’s no wonder why this record is such a classic–it was ahead of its time. Released in 1997, it became the 18th best-selling album in UK chart history. Lately, I’ve been jamming out to “Sonnet,” and “Space and Time” on this record. The song titles themselves on this record are also rad–creative and witty, they each tell a story.

81mwe-cc1vl-_sl1121_Our Endless Numbered Days–Iron & Wine

There are some artists that just seem to whisper into your ear…this is definitely what its like listening to Iron & Wine. Hushed, melodic guitar, and an occasional accompanying guiro (an instrument with a ridged surface that is scraped with a stick for sound) mixed with lead singer Sam Beam’s gentle vocals wraps this record into a little bundle of tranquility. I’m loving “Naked As We Came,” and “Passing Afternoons.” When I listen to this album, I picture warm, orange sun spilling through the blinds, streaming across a carpet on a summer evening.

                                                                  No Need To Argue–The Cranberries

maxresdefaultI’ve loved The Cranberries for as long as I can remember–“Linger” was my anthem in middle school–I’ve grown up listening to the sweet lullaby vocals of lead singer Dolores O’Riordan. This record, No Need To Argue was released in 1994 as the band’s second studio album. It was also the most successful–it sold out over 17 million copies across the world, and is still popular today. My favorite tracks on the album are “Zombie,” (of course–this is one of the band’s most famous songs), “Ode to My Family,” and “Twenty One” (which has an intro similar to “Linger”).  Grungy, deep guitar that is so 90’s-esque fills every dreamy track on this album… its nostalgic and so beautifully Irish. I could easily fall asleep to this one every night.

P.S. I apologize for the lack of posts, lately! Working as quickly as I can to get new content up soon. 🙂

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I’ve been listening to a lot of old and new singles lately, and focusing less on spinning full albums at a time. They all differ in style and sound–from slow, dreary tunes, to loud, 80’s inspired tracks that are great to dance to–this month, I’ve compiled a playlist of quirky favorites I’ve been mixing and matching!

500x500“No Answers” by Amber Run

Amber Run has quickly become one of my favorite bands since I discovered them last year. With a sound similar to Bastille and Kodaline, their latest single, “No Answers” features a slow buildup of bass and deep, trembling drum accompanied by the band’s trademark chime-like guitar riffs. The band released this single at the beginning of this month in anticipation of their sophomore album “For A Moment, I Was Lost,” which you can listen to on February 10th of 2017!

sing-street-soundtrack“Up” by Sing Street (soundtrack)

This single is from the 2016 musical-comedy film “Sing Street,” which follows a young teenage boy in 80’s Ireland. Connor, the main character and lead singer of the band (Sing Street), forms a band in an attempt to impress a girl. He ends up finding himself as an artist, standing up to a few bullies, and forming a unique group of friends. The music in this movie is FANTASTIC. Way better than I expected it to be. The first song of the movie, “Riddle Of the Model,” is silly and anticipated (it’s the band’s first song), but you can’t help but sing along to it after a while. Following this scene, the band’s second song, “Up” blew me away. Sung by Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, a 17-year-old Irish singer-songwriter, the song is so well-written and beautifully sung with a satisfying chorus that keeps you coming back for more. Honestly, I wish the song was longer. Check out the scene where the band performs “Up” here! (Seriously, click it.)

tumblr_md4628ckrm1qa7dyho1_1280“Undo” by The 1975

I love going back to old tracks by The 1975, my favorite band. This one, which was released on the band’s (deluxe) debut record back in 2013 as well as  their “Sex” EP, is simply hypnotizing. I recently watched the group’s full live performance at the London O2 presented by Vevo, and was reminded of how much I adore this single. (If you’ve got two hours to spare, check out the video of the band’s show here. Worth it.) This is a perfect song to simply space out to, absorb, and get lost in.

artworks-000148699541-wmccqy-t500x500“She Burns” by Foy Vance

I had the privilege of seeing and meeting singer Foy Vance for the second time this past summer, and as usual, he did not disappoint. Foy’s live shows are emotional and raw, and his dialogue in between songs with the crowd is funny, witty, and so beautifully Irish. This song, “She Burns” features a perfect array of vivid imagery which compliments Foy’s distinct vocals. My favorite part of the track is the bass that enters the song about halfway through–it adds such depth to the song, and sounds absolutely stunning through headphones.

Single Review: “Luna” by Veludo Planes

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Veludo Planes is a four-piece alternative/indie band from the south coast of the U.K., made up of members Mike, Sam, Chris, and Ollie. According to their Twitter bio, they describe themselves as “disillusioned 20 somethings with guitars.”

Two of the band mates, Mike and Chris, are identical twin brothers. With a sound similar to The Kooks and Oasis, Veludo Planes have won the hearts of fans across the world through their killer guitar riffs, and gruff, intense vocals that seem to transport the listener back in time through the band’s 90’s-esque style. Veludo Planes have previously supported big names such as Circa Waves, Blossoms, The Subways and Spring King, whilst performing at various UK festivals over the past year. (Photo courtesy of Veludo Planes.)

The group have released quite a few singles, such as: “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” “Wicker Man,” and their most recent,”Luna,” which they’ve paired with a sweet music video just this past week. (I wrote an article an article on this group in July of this past year on RadSound. Check it out here.)

9smlo3xhbquqbvmzy89vmi2tohbwckmkyrpdg3ayn7yI’m loving the metallic, nostalgic sound of this brand new track, “Luna,” and the accompanying raw footage of the group enjoying their time on the road while touring for fans around the U.K. I definitely see big things happening for this band in the near future–their music reminds me a lot of the style of one of my favorite bands of all time, Oasis. Make sure you get on board in supporting this rad group by following their Facebook, Soundcloud and Spotify page!

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I apologize for my lack of posts lately! I just started my first year of college, so I’ve been adjusting to a lot of new things & I haven’t had time to sit down and write a blog post.

Speaking of new things, I have been listening to a lot of new music (well, new to me) lately. Here’s a few albums that I’ve had on repeat since I started school…

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (2011)noel-gallaghers-high-flying-birds-album-art1-300x300

After Oasis (tragically) broke up in 2009, brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher went their separate ways. Liam formed his own band and named it Beady Eye, and Noel formed the High Flying Birds with the help of Oasis’ former pianist, bassist, guitarist and drummer. Noel has released two studio albums with this band–a self-titled album, and Chasing Yesterday, which just came out earlier this year. Both are great records, but the one I’m loving the most right now is the debut, self-titled album. I love “The Good Rebel”, “(I Wanna Live In A Dream In My) Record Machine”, “Stop The Clocks” & “If I Had A Gun.” The harmonies in the chorus of “The Good Rebel” are absolutely amazing, & “I Wanna Live In A Dream” and “Stop The Clocks” sound a bit like Oasis–something that all dedicated fans will appreciate. I love blasting this album on Friday afternoons in my dorm.

warondrugs_dreamWar On Drugs: Lost In the Dream (2014)

The soft, lulling guitar riffs paired with lead singer Adam Granduciel’s soothing vocals make this a perfect album to either fall asleep to, or play in the background of a study session. I love albums that have songs over 5 minutes long, and this is one of those albums. There’s one song on the record that’s almost 9 minutes long. (And it happens to be my favorite–check out “Under The Pressure.”) I also love “Red Eyes,” “An Ocean In Between the Waves,” and “Suffering.”

51h3Lf+caiLFleetwood Mac: Rumours (1977)

I know what you’re thinking: how is it possible that she just discovered this album?! I really don’t have a good excuse–I just haven’t. My parents didn’t listen to Fleetwood Mac much when I was younger, so I was never introduced to the band until this past summer when a friend of mine played me “Rumours” for the first time. Since then, I’ve been listening to this album nonstop. I’m in love with the guitar solos and duets between the legendary Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. Lately, I’ve been playing “Secondhand News,” “Dreams,” “Don’t Stop,” and of course, “Go Your Own Way.” Don’t be like me and wait until the last minute to listen to this album for the first time (if you haven’t already)–go listen now!

UK-Ebb-FlowJudith Owen: Ebb And Flow (2014)

First off, I love title of this record. Ebb And Flow ties in so well with the overall mood of the album–Judith’s voice really does flow through your headphones in each song. I had the privilege of watching Judith perform this past summer with the legendary Leland Sklar (who has been featured on over 2,000 albums and worked with musical superstars such as James Taylor, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, and Lisa Loeb to name just a few.) My favorite songs on Ebb And Flow are “I Would Give Anything,” and “Hey Mister, That’s Me Up On The Jukebox.” When Judith visited the record store I work in over the summer for a small performance, I sat down with her for “spot of tea” before the show. I chatted with her about music, food, and her life in England. She’s so funny, sweet, and incredibly talented. I’d highly recommend picking up her album this month– a perfect record to play on a rainy day.

5 Indie Bands You Should Be Listening To

Check out these 5 indie bands I’m currently loving!

1. Bastille

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Dan Smith, the leader singer of this band, named this group after Bastille Day, which is celebrated on his birthday. The band formed in 2010 in London, and has released two studio albums: “Bad Blood,” and an extended version of the first album, “All This Bad Blood,” along with numerous remix CD’s and EP’s. You’ve probably heard Bastille’s most popular single, “Pompeii.” (The video is super cool, too!)

If you listen to Imagine Dragons, Of Monsters and Men, or Walk The Moon, you’re guaranteed to love Bastille. I can’t wait to see them live in November. My favorite song by them right now is “Get Home.” Browse their YouTube Channel here!

2. Bombay Bicycle Club

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With two EP’s and four studio albums, Bombay Bicycle Club is gaining a loyal fanbase. If you listen to Foster The People or Little Comets (who I will be covering on my blog very soon!) you should check out this group. They were featured in the soundtrack for Twilight’s Eclipse. Check out the song, “How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep,” here.

I’m currently loving their song “Luna,” which you can listen to here.

3. The 1975

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(Photo by Carissa Thrush)

Matty Healy, Adam Hann, George Daniel and Ross MacDonald form The 1975, one of the most talented, and addicting bands of all time. Lately, I can’t seem to stop listening to them! I saw them live last year, and since then, I have been a loyal fan. I almost met Matty at one point–he walked right past me, but I was too chicken to stop and ask him for a picture. Next time!

This group has toured all over the world, and even played Coachella this year. The band currently has only one studio album out, but Matty recently tweeted that new music will be coming from the group on October 30th. (Not sure if that means new album or not, but definitely a new song or two!)

Do you listen to The Neighborhood or HAIM? Then check out The 1975 HERE. I love “Robbers,” “Heart Out,” and “Pressure.”

4. Cathedral Pearls

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This super new indie band from Spokane, Washington, released their first EP “Place Of Our Residence” in June 2012, and since then, have released “Off My Chain.” You can check it out HERE! I recently visited Spokane, and someone suggested I listen to this band. I’m really glad I did! I love the live version of their single, “Off My Chain.” Their sound is so refreshing. If you listen to the band London Grammer, you might really enjoy Cathedral Pearls. Take a few minutes browsing their website and find out more about them! Click here.

5. Two Door Cinema Club

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I first discovered this band when their song, “Something Good Can Work,” was featured in the popular YouTube video, “Obama’s Victory Dance,” about two years ago.

Two Door Cinema Club is the kind of band you dance to alone in your room. 😉 Their fun, catchy singles are the perfect cure for a bad day. My favorites by them are “Do You Want It All?” and “This Is The Life.” I’d love to see them live one day!

Love Vampire Weekend or Arctic Monkeys? If so, you NEED to listen to this band! Check out their YouTube channel here, and their newest single here.

Tweet me what you think of these bands!

4 YouTube Singers/Bands To Check Out This Summer

musicEvery band/singer has to start somewhere, and for some, the perfect way to start is by creating a YouTube channel. In our generation, we find lots of our favorite artists through sites like Pandora and YouTube. What’s so great about YouTube is that it’s available to anyone, and singers and bands who are trying to start a career in music are able to upload their own videos and receive instant feedback. I did a little research, then asked YOU on Twitter (Tweet me: @SophersC) to send me suggestions of singers and bands you’ve been watching who are starting out their music career on YouTube. Here are 4 channels that you have to check out this summer!

1. Only The Young (Suggested by Chelsey)

OTUThis up-and-coming YouTube pop group from the UK describes themselves as a “loveable, cheeky, fresh faced foursome,” and they are taking the internet by storm. They joined YouTube in 2013, and since then have played alongside huge artists such as Jessie J, The Wanted, McFly & The Vamps. (A few of my absolute faves!) They’re fun personality really comes through in their covers of popular songs they upload. Check out their cover of Katy Perry’s “Roar,” here, and tweet to them how much you like it here!

2. Tanner Patrick (Suggested by Karen)

tannerThis 24-year-old singer-songwriter cutie from L.A started putting up videos on YouTube in 2011, and since then has gained over 500,000 subscribers. His music reminds me a bit of Owl City! Check out his latest song, “Drifting Away,” & browse his channel here. Fan and subscriber, Karen, says, “I like watching Tanner because he’s creative; he transforms song covers into pieces that sound like his own!”

3. Jess Sykes

JessFollowing in the footsteps of her talented big bro (Nathan Sykes), Jess Sykes’ incredible voice is one that you need to hear this summer. She puts a twist on all of the songs she covers, and her passionate, soulful tone will lead you to like her version even better than the original. Check out her latest cover, “Rude,” by MAGIC! here.

4. Molly Kate Kestner

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A couple of months ago, this video of 18-year-old Youtuber Molly Kestner singing her original song, “His Daughter” went viral in 178 countries. This song is so amazing and it literally gave me goosebumps. Not only is her voice flawless, but the song tells an incredible story that you can’t help but get sucked into. Since her video going viral, she’s gotten crazy popular on YouTube with over 220,000 subscribers, and she even performed on Good Morning America. I absolutely love the sound of her voice. Check out her channel here & make sure to buy “His Daughter” on iTunes!

 

 (All photos are from the YouTuber’s channels)

Passenger’s New Album: Whispers

pasengerPassenger’s 6th album, Whispers, is definitely worth listening to (especially with headphones on). Similar to his last album, (“All the Little Lights”) this album features the soulful, story-like songs that every Passenger fan loves so much. So far, my favorite tracks on the album are “27,” “Heart’s On Fire,” “Scare Away the Dark,” and “Riding to New York.” According to Digital Spy, Mike Rosenberg (Passenger) commented on the album: “This is easily the most ‘up’ album I’ve ever made, it’s quite cinematic. There are lots of big stories and big ideas. There are also some sombre moments about loneliness and death but hey, it wouldn’t be a Passenger album without those.” Check out the album here, & let me know what you think!