Thursday, November 8, 2012

Ramblings: Music etc.

It’s been a very strange and unsettling couple of weeks over here, and while I sift through all of the angry/depressed/happy/funny things I have written during the time in order to figure out if anything can actually be posted on here, I’m just going to write about music today and hopefully get this up before I have to be at work (unless I get sidetracked by some early Pulp EPs that a friend gave me a while ago and that I just found hidden under a pile of books on my desk).

A few months ago I was complaining about never listening to anything new anymore. Although not a musician myself, music always inspires me to actually accomplish more in my life, and for years I used to always come across new bands and musicians and fall in love with them, and try to pass the love on to others. Maybe it was just easier before, less social media and therefore less music being thrown at you from all directions. I can’t really stand to look at my Twitter feed nowadays as it has 30 plus updated tweets every minute and there is no way I can keep track of everything. I suppose that wading through a lot of crap in order to find a gem can have its own sense of accomplishment, but to be honest I can’t be bothered to wade through crap anymore.  So I’ve just been listening to all my old favourites, revisiting music I hadn’t visited in a while, and, of course, listening to a lot of The Cure (I’ve been kind of obsessed with Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me for the past few months). I suppose I’ve just been lazy.

Then I had a dream this morning that I was writing a blog post on all the new music (mainly female-fronted) bands that I had been listening to lately. In the dream it all seemed very real, and I was really excited to write about them… And it wasn’t far off, because recently I HAVE been listening to a lot of new things (some just new to me, some new in general), and I feel like I am being inspired again. Recently I have been waking up too early and just putting an album on on my phone and drifting back off to sleep for a while listening to it. It leads to some interesting dreams that I should maybe put into words sometime. 

Anyway, a few weeks ago a friend told me to listen to his friend’s band, Knoxville Morning. I fell in love… I’ve been listening to the album every day or so since then. The NYC based songs really hit home, because I feel like I lived the same life a few years ago, but the whole album is a real beauty. 

Then another friend told me he had been listening to the latest Grimes album non-stop lately, so I downloaded it on a whim and have been doing the same. She has the same effect on me as Bat For Lashes does, that being the ability to take me elsewhere. There is something so liberating about her music.

I very randomly came across the band Now, Now a while ago, and then forgot to listen to the album that I downloaded. I gave it a listen a few days ago, and really like it. After falling asleep at 5am this morning I woke up at 8am, put this album on a loop on my phone and fell back asleep to some of the funniest and strangest dreams I have had in the last few weeks. I don’t know if this is an album I will be listening to for ages, but I like it right now, especially the sound of the guitars.

I got really excited when I heard that Religious to Damn (who I loved) are now called Azar Swan, a more electronic-based music project, and have already released one song, called Amrika. It’s pretty awesome and I can’t wait to hear the rest. They still have the same vibe, just a less rock and more electronic. 

I think that's it for now... my time is up anyway. Work calls. So, of course I will end with THIS, just because I don't go a day without listening to them:

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