Friday, 1 February 2019

january 2019 was weirdly really good for new music

Does anyone else feel like we were really blessed with new music so far this year?? A new Bring Me The Horizon album, another iconic Ariana Grande track, and finally, the long-awaited return of Vampire Weekend, among others - in terms of music, 2019 is off to a seriously good start. Here's what I've been listening to!

Mid-January, Ariana Grande finally dropped 7 rings on us, and even though we'd waited so long, I don't think any of us could ever have been ready enough for that. Guaranteed to be the biggest flex of the year, I love it from start to finish. Lines like "I see it, I like it, I want it, I got it" and "you like, my hair? gee thanks, just bought it" are already so iconic. "Happiness is the same price as red bottoms", "Ain't no budget when I'm on the set, if I like it then that's what I get"? Ariana rapping?? I can't wait for the thank u, next album. I loved sweetener and how experimental Ariana got with her sound last year, but I'm so excited for an album of bold, in-your-face pop anthems like what she's been serving us recently.

Bring Me The Horizon brought us amo and like literally every BMTH release since Suicide Season in 2008, it divided a lot of opinions. Personally, I think it absolutely slaps - I've listened to heavy metal, and sugar honey ice & tea several times a day since the album dropped last week. Other honourable mentions: nihilist blues (featuring Grimes), in the dark (which sounds a little Justin Timberlake to me for some reason, and in the best way) and lead single MANTRA.

Speaking of albums: let's talk teal. More specifically, Weezer's surprise Teal album, featuring iconic covers from artists like TLC, Black Sabbath, Michael Jackson and of course, Toto. I love it so much, from start to finish - I mean, who'd have thought we needed Rivers Cuomo singing No Scrubs so badly in our lives? Mr. Blue Sky, Happy Together, the bops are all there, and the Teal album is the album we needed to kick off 2019.

Vampire Weekend are finally expected to make a proper return this year, with forthcoming album Father of the Bride. On January 24th, they gave us two tracks - Harmony Hall and 2021, the former including lyrics from 2014's Finger Back. I mean, I like both tracks, they're pretty run of the mill Vampire Weekend, but I'm really intrigued to see what they bring to the full length album later in the year.

Only yesterday, Fall Out Boy announced and released a previously recorded track with Lil Peep, featuring vocals from Patrick Stump and ILoveMakonnen. I've never really listened to Lil Peep, but I love FOB, and I'm kind of obsessed with this song. Like, I think I listened to it three times on my twenty minute bus journey to work this morning.

We also got a glimpse into what The Maine have in store for us this year, with new single Numb Without You. It literally sounds like a Panic! At The Disco verse and a Fall Out Boy chorus and I'm extremely here for it. They just got announced for Reading and Leeds this year and I can't wait to see them on their UK tour in a few weeks.

As for live music, we caught The 1975's tour at the start of the month, and although I'm not their biggest fan, there's a few tracks from last year's A Brief Enquiry Into Online Relationships that I can't stop listening to since. Pale Waves and No Rome supported, the former I've seen before and always enjoy, the latter who was completely new - but I'm now obsessed with his track, Narcissist, also a collaboration with The 1975 themselves.

During the week we saw Hayley Kiyoko's first ever Irish show, the first of two sold out nights at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin. It was such a lovely, wholesome evening and honestly since I've sworn I want to go to more pop concerts this year because their energy and levels of fun are just incomparable. Dutch singer-songwriter Naaz supported, and was excellent - I'm making my way through her debut album, Bits of Naaz at the minute, and I already love Up to Something.

Next month we're getting an Ariana album, and I'm seeing Hippo Campus! Nice!

If you want to listen to any of the music mentioned, you can check out most of them in my 2019 Spotify playlist - I'll be throwing any and all new discoveries and rekindled loves in there throughout the year! Feel free to slide into my DMs with any music suggestions too, on Twitter or Instagram, they're always welcome x

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