Thursday, 14 December 2017

Listen & Love #8

I haven't posted a playlist here in so long and I probably should be writing my top songs of the year but instead here's a little peek into what I've been listening to in the last few weeks (spoiler: it's 99% pop punk and I'm not even sorry). ENJOY.

As It Is - Pretty Little Distance

Taken from their second album, okay., Pretty Little Distance encapsulates exactly what As It Is are about at the minute: jaunty, cheery-sounding pop punk (heavy emphasis on pop) with hard-hitting, dark lyrics and infectious tunes. I listened to this a lot after seeing them play the Tivoli Theatre back in October, and it is without a doubt one of the stand-out tracks from okay.

Tonight Alive - Temple

The epic lead single from Tonight Alive's forthcoming fourth album Underworld, Temple has it all - heavy riffs, soaring melodies, epic vocals. Jenna's near-scream of one of the choruses always gives me shivers. If the rest of Underworld is anywhere near as good as Temple, then I'm exicted as hell.

The Maine - Diet Soda Society

Truth be told, I haven't paid much attention to The Maine since their 2010 album, Black & White, but a good pal of mine (and the biggest fan of The Maine I know) indirectly got me back to listening to them. Diet Soda Society reignited my love of The Maine's gorgeous melodies and vocalist John's tongue-in-cheek lyrics.

Paramore - Rose-Colored Boy

I'm ashamed to say it's taken me so long to give After Laughter the attention it deserves, but here I am, and I can't get Rose-Colored Boy out of my head. If I wasn't before, I'm now certainly 100% on board with this eighties-esque pop era of Paramore. This track will have you walking round singing "low key! no pressure! just hang with me, and my weather!" for days.

Waterparks - Lucky People

Forgive me for including two Waterparks' tracks in this list (see below), but Lucky People was dropped a matter of days ago and I've pretty much been listening to it on a constant loop since. All I'll say is: prepare to have your heart torn into dozens of tiny pieces. It's the happiest sad song you'll hear this year.

Seaway - London

If I could add this entire album, I would, because it's just that damn good. Despite being considerably pop punk, like everyone else on this list, Seaway just seem to have their own flair to their music that helps them stand out among the rest. I can't quite put my finger on it, to be honest - you'll just have to listen to the entire Vacation album and hear for yourselves.

Chapel - Caught Up

I am so obsessed with this song and this duo and their debut EP Sunday Brunch that I've been telling almost anyone who will listen about them and encouraging them to play singles Caught Up and We've Got Soul at the highest possible volume. Chapel are all about combining punchy pop beats, huge choruses and cynical, sometimes dark, lyrics and it works every single time.

Stand Atlantic - Sidewinder

Stand Altantic are another very recent discovery, and I'm already obsessed. Their * debut * EP, Sidewinder, is epic from start to finish - so good that it's hard to believe this is their very first major release. I can't wait to see what the Australian trio release in future, because they're only going to get better and better.

Pvris - St. Patrick

By no means the newest track on this list, but forgive me, I'm late as heck to the Pvris party. Lynn Gunn's vocals are so haunting and beautiful, and this track is so catchy and in-your-face, it's hard not to love.

Waterparks - Blonde

On to Waterparks track uimhir a dhó here, on a completely different note to Lucky People, Blonde is loud, fast and abrasive, and catchy as hell. Given that both initial offerings from their forthcoming second album, Entertainment, have been so bloody good, I can't wait to see what they have in store for us when it drops in January.

Listen to all of this month's bops here.

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