Lauren Aquilina – Isn’t It Strange (collab review)

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You might remember that wayyy back in May, the fantastically awesome Eve @ Twist In The Taile and I did a collaborative review of Lauren Aquilina’s Ocean EP and various other newish music she released, in preparation for her ~debut album~ release. And now, finally, (or as of August 25th anyway) her album is out, so of course mega fangirls Eve and I decided we should (virtually) get together again and review it. Amazingly, we managed to flail over the whole 10-track album in just one hour (our fangirling must be getting much more productive/we barely had to listen to the tracks because we knew them so well already) and produced these incredibly concise and well written reviews (jk they’re inarticulate badly punctuated fangirling word vomit I’ve made slightly more coherent but at least it’s REALISTIC (or that’s what I keep telling myself)). Anyway, here are our thoughts, track by track…

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Midnight Mouths

I wasn’t really that keen on this the first time I heard it, but I definitely think its grown on me. I really like how the texture thickens before the first chorus, it feels like it makes it more powerful and I also quite like the new-era Aquilina electronicy vibe. Also, likemost of her songs, the lyricism is amazing…especially ‘it’s just the lonely talking’, and ‘We’re in too deep, so let go of my hand”.

Eve:I wasn’t as keen on this on on my first listen — like, when they were released earlier? I think I was feeling a bit negative about all the electronic production compared to Lauren;s old stuff. BUT BUT BUT now I do really enjoy this one, especially the chorus! It’s VERY catchy. And I also love the whole ‘midnight mouths’ and the aesthetic of it haha.

Wicked Game

This feels like a different, more adult Lauren, more mysterious and and dramatic, especially because, as Eve put it, of the contrast between the darker lyrics and the more dance-y production style, and also the pitch of her voice is much lower than a lot of her others songs. I also really like the contrast between the lower pitched verses and then the higher choruses. Eve and I also both thought the lyrics were specific-but-vague-and-extremely-relatable at the same time…they apply both to the specific situation she’s writing about, but also to a lot of wider aspects of life, like ‘nobody ever taught me to play this wicked game’ kinda reminded me of how much of life you’re just expected to know how to navigate alone It feels like you can apply it to almost anything which is one of the best things for you to be able to do with music. Also, side note, I seriously love the lines ‘He said he didn’t do commitment/With tattoos on his skin/Maybe I wasn’t worth the pain’ and ‘
I’ve been thinking about death/But I’ll hold my breath’.

EveI absolutely ADORE this one honestly, and I do feel like this is a more grown-up song on this album. But asdfjkl the lyrics are so wonderful (‘I’ve been thinking about death but I’ll hold my breath’ arghh). SPOOKY.  Basically the high notes on the chorus just give me the chills every time. man I do just really love this song eek.

Kicks

I love this song so much, ever since I first heard it, and the lyrics are just OMG AMAZING. ALSO KICKS = KICKING ME AROUND = PUNS/WORDPLAY = LOVE. (*pause for Eve and I to flail about amazing wordplay*). Plus yay for positivity, especially ‘I’m done being down about this’…and I also like the more modern-y electronicy-ness. Overall this song feels more mature, and the message feels less naive than some of the old-era Aquilina songs.

Eve:  I love how the production feels, like…really seamless? And YAY for positive songs! Like the claps and the little electronic-y riff thing are so awesome.  I feel like a bunch of songs on here seem older? Not, like, OLDER. But I guess more mature haha. There are loads of different (relationship, song, whatever) dynamics. Lots of different situations and messages and stuff. *nods*

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How Would You Like It?

I love this song so much! It’s more stripped-back and that makes it a nice contrast to the rest of the album and lets the emotion really shine through…it feels very raw and powerful and again, even if not in this context/situation i feel like the whole ‘how would you like it’ message is very relatable and applicable in a number of contexts, which I really like.

Eve: Also gives me the chills. This is one I loved from first listen, I think — although it’s only improved with listening. WOW SO MUCH EMOTION. So much lyrics. And I think the more stripped production works well here. (*is feeling so many things as I listen to chorus woah*) . I also…find myself singing this a lot? Yeah. And THE BRIDGE IS SO WONDERFUL.

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Way Too Good

Okay I absolutely LOVE this song (such sad times when my boyfriend said it sounded like a ‘crappy christmas song’ like oi no this song is a masterpiece. The lyrics are so good and the stripped-down-ness really works well but for me the main thing about this song is the lyrics. I especially like  ‘If nothing is meant to last maybe we should drink to that’. I can totally relate to the feeling that everythings too good and something’s going to go wrong. 

Eve: Okay, this one is ALSO one of my favourites. (I think I’ve said this way too many times but I do adore this.) I looove the kinda humming bit at the start?? Idk what that is but yeah. And I love the ‘I am, I am’ and ‘I know, I know’ bits. And THE CHORUS. All the background things. I love the aesthetic of it like ?? idk it feels so classy to me.I like the whole vibe of kinda…being in the moment? (This is a terrible description. But yes.) And the kinda overlays of her voice on the last chorus are stunning. [insert heart eye emoji] 

Hurt Any Less

The start is so good! A real contrast to the last one but it works really well, then the slowing down at the chorus and yes again the contrast between tempo and melody and lyrics. I also just love the melody of ‘why did you have to let me let you in’. Yep it’s amazing and I also like that it *feels* happy even though it def isn’t, kinda bittersweet, as Eve put it.

Eve: This one…also SO GOOD. *cries* (way too good even) (ha) (anyway) I also really enjoy listening to the pre-chorus bit? Like, I LOVE THAT. ‘this was never love it was chaos’ is such a fabulous line. And yep, the contrast between the tempo of chorus and the rest is so wonderful, works very effectively. I also feel like ‘I gave everything expecting nothing’ is a bit of a theme across some of the songs? (Idk, i feel like there was a similar line somewhere haha.) YES overall honestly this is also absolutely stellar a+. 

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Fools – Live at RAK Studios

I read somewhere that she rerecorded Fools because her voice has changed and I also agree with something else she said, about the way she sings it now is more serious and less naive because she knows how the relationship ends. Also can we please have a round of applause that she wrote this aged 16?!?! (how can she do this, GCSE music composition was hard enough!!!) Also, it’s very stripped back and bare, maybe because it’s live? Also, because this was one of the first songs she ever released, it feels like quite an important one in her career so it’s nice to have that on the album.

Eve:  I like that this one feels less hurried, too — a little more reflective. Maybe that’s the lack of drums & like less piano and stuff?  (also wow live honestly wow) I quite like having Fools on the album in some ways bc it feels like a sorta…full circle? And as well with that line at the end of Broke. ‘Those hardest to love need it most’ is still SUCH a powerful line tbh. The new piano stuff is rad as well yep. (idk if it’s like new but I think it’s a bit louder & different? Yes anyway wonderful) 

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Suddenly Strangers

Ahh this is just WAY TOO GOOD (wink wink nudge nudge). One reason I really love this song  is because just before the album announcement she put on facebook etc a thing about how people can go from so close to completely separate so fast…I also love the ‘isn’t it strange’ line. And ‘from talking every waking hour to not knowing where you are now’ line…and it also feels very relatable because of the fear of how a relationship is going to eventually end. 

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Eve: Ah love the start to this, feels a bit water-y idk. It works v well as the album title too, and once again with the specific/relatable thing — I mean I relate to this a lot  Suddenly Strangers is also such a fab line on its own, tbh. (sibilance! knowledge!) I also liked the combination of slightly electronic but also minimal production? (If that makes sense. The whole thing just feels very smooth to me.) Just hearing a little drum beat thing-y in the pre-chorus and IT IS VERY NICE. also the drum beat on the chorus is pretty nice *nods* 

Thinking About

This feels very pared down, there aren’t many lines or backing but it still feels quite powerful…side note is it me or has the album got more pared down and simplistic and almost darker the further down the tracklist you go? It’s like it follows a relationship’s journey or something, and at the end it’s like the problems are more serious & unavoidable. Overall, I wouldn’t say it’s my favourite song  but “all i’m thinking about is not thinking about you” is one of my fave lines on the album i think. 

Eve: I was so excited to listen to this one because I remember I watched a youtube clip of her performing this live a while ago? And all the time I was waiting for the album I remembered the lyric ‘all I’m thinking about is not thinking about you’ haha. I feel like it gets more…like, serious and reflective? Bc wicked games & midnight mouths ARE the slightly more kinda tunes with more instruments & dance-y production. But also there are some quite dark lyrics throughout the whole album tbh. But I like that it does seem to follow a slightly linear thing…? OKAY just listening to that awesome piano bridge bit thing and WOW. Again getting slightly water-y vibes. The one piano note that gets played is also very cool…? And the verse has such like argh idk it just seems like a great start to the song for me. Mm yes I don’t think it’s one of my absolute favourites overall but definitely another strong song (and reminds me a little more of like kinda liars-y production? Idk yeah with all those floaty piano things and stuff.) 

Ocean

Eve: This is SUCH a great ending tbh. (& sure! Maybe we can touch a little more on like general stuff as well, haha we discussed it a bit above but. Let me know when you have to go!) Yeah so I think this is a great ending, I love the kinda catharsis & freedom of it. It feels a lot more abstract than the others & I think it’s good contrast…? (<— I 100% agree with all of this)

Overall Thoughts

I definitely think it was an album worth waiting for, you can tell its not the first collection of songs she’s released and i really like it. It’s honestly amazing in my humble opinion. 10/10 methinks.

Eve: One random thing I noticed about the whole album in general is that there are a lot more like specific third person pronouns used? I mean, not a LOT more. But there’s also like more than just ‘you’ n stuff which I found interesting. I feel like lyrically it’s less abstract; like still absolutely stunning lyrics but more cutting to the point and less vague imagery if you get me…? Honestly…tbh I adore every song on this. I think I do enjoy it more than the Ocean EP? Although Echoes was fab. 10/10 one of my fav recent albums i will be dying over this forever.


And there you have it, a track-by-track, vaguely incoherent review/fangirl session of Lauren Aquilina’s debut album, Midnight Mouths!

Have you heard the album? What were your thoughts, and which tracks do you especially like?

– n.b. all images via Lauren’s Facebook/Instagram accounts

20 Songs You Need To Listen To Right Now

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I’m feeling quite stressed out right now (sneaky twenty one pilots reference fully intended). I’m now on study leave and fully into exam season for the next month and a week exactly (then FREEDOM aka work experience, jazz concert and prom), and today I had my first exam since English Language a few weeks back, biology paper 1. Yippee.

Anyway, long story short I’m feeling stressed and a bit freaked and just kinda trying to forget I have a truckload of exams headed my way over the next few weeks and I thought the best way to do this, whilst also compensating for no April music round up, would be to make a list of my top twenty favourite songs at the moment. So, here you are…(AGH MY BRAIN’S SO FRIED I JUST WROTE HEAR. AND YESTERDAY I CALLED A CUT AN INJURY HOLE. I am just so done)

Right, back on topic. Read this post, stick in some headphones and listen to some of these fab songs and then tell me what you think or give me some ~even better~ songs to listen to.

1. This Is What You Came For // Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna

This song ❤ it feels more old-style Rihanna, pre-Work and all the stuff she’s doing with Drake, and tbh I think it’s way better. Plus Calvin Harris, yay.

2. No Money // Galantis

This song’s just summery and makes me smile and will always remind me of singing it in the car with my best friend when we drove up to London to see Kygo a few weeks ago.

3. Cheap Thrills // Sia feat. Sean Paul

I wasn’t sure about this song at first but now I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT. Even the video, which is a little random/odd, is growing on me.

4. Hair // Little Mix feat. Sean Paul

This song just makes me smile and kinda helps me keep my sanity when it feels like revision has sucked everything except the Spanish word for ‘town hall’ (ayuntamiento – it’s an Edexcel favourite), the life cycle of a mosquito (gametocyte sporozoite merozoite schizont kill me now), the carbon cycle, the exact value for sine of 60 (0.5)(omg I remembered that maybe I won’t fail further maths), the structure of a flower and maybe a few other bits and bobs out of my brain.

5. Don’t Let Me Down // The Chainsmokers feat. Daya

THIS SONG IS INCREDIBLE. And I’m not the only one who thinks so because, gratifyingly, I got one of my music friends to listen to it and he immediately was like OMG THAT’S SO GOOD so yeah you should listen to it.

6. Raging // Kygo feat. Kodaline

This has been in my head ever since I heard it live but ahhh it’s so good that really isn’t an issue.

7. Waiting Game // Parson James

You might recognise the name Parson James from Stole The Show by Kygo, but his solo stuff is seriously good too. This song has kinda Sam Smith-esque bits to it, and I JUST LOVE IT OK.

8. Slow Dance With The Devil // Parson James

OK so just go listen to his whole Temple EP. But if you’ll only listen to one song, make it this one. But really you should just listen to the whole thing. You won’t regret it.

9. Once In A While // Timeflies

This popped up as a suggested song on Spotify and all I can say is, nice work Spotify algorithms.

10. Fiction // Kygo feat. Tom Odell

The intro to this is just <3. And the rest of it too, tbh.

11. Intro // Kygo

This is the first track off his newly released debut album, Cloud Nine, and while it’s not much of a song in itself, it’s lowkey relaxing with some nice piano stuff in there and it’s a good addition to any instrumental study playlist.

12. Cut To Black // Lemaitre

Although this has a fairly emo name and the video features what I think might be a burning swimming pool, the song itself is just summery and happy and great. The piano intro especially just instantly lifts my spirits.

13. Hell Of A Girl // Grace

This song is just like yay happy strong power motivation yes it’s good.

14. Kicks {Tobtok Remix} // Lauren Aquilina

I didn’t really like this remix at first, and I still think the middle is the best bit, but it’s definitely worth a listen.

15. Up&Up // Coldplay

I just really like this, as with most of the stuff they’ve released as singles from A Head Full Of Dreams so far.

16. Can’t Stop The Feeling // Justin Timberlake

This is more cheesy than a four cheese pizza and, as my friend put it, “the kind of song you’d hear at the end of a film as the credits roll” (which is probably exactly what they were aiming from, as it’s from the new Dreamworks film Trolls), but it’s a damn good song to sing along loudly/stress relief embarrassingly dance to and is just so happyyyy.

17. Write On Me // Fifth Harmony

This song was produced by Kygo, and yeah, it’s summery and I like it.

18. Idfc // Blackbear

I indirectly discovered this song through a friend and yeah, it’s not exactly summery or upbeat, but it’s quite a good song to listen to when you need a bit of catharsis or are just feeling really wound up or annoyed or stressed out.

19. Surprise Yourself // Jack Garratt

Jack Garratt yasss ❤

20. What If I Go? // Mura Masa

THIS SONG IS SO GOOD AND I LOVE IT even if I do think the vocals sound really like Rita Ora.


Thoughts on these songs? Let me know if you like them (Eve can vouch for how much fun impromptu fangirling with me can be) and if you have any recommendations, let me know in the comments or email or tell me in person if you know me or something and I promise to trawl through and listen to every single one of them 🙂

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Welcoming In The New Era Of Aquilina {collab review}

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A couple of weeks ago, the lovely Eve (who blogs over at Twist In The Taile and is a fellow Lauren Aquilina fangirl, yay) and I got together (well, opened a shared Google Doc) to discuss/flail over newish Lauren Aquilina songs in the name of reviewing them. Yay. We both love Lauren’s old and new stuff (or as we christened them, Old Aquilina and New Aquilina) and so just listening to her music and talking about it together was basically a dream come true. Our fangirling skills were so great that they even extended to technology (“*FLAILS* *REALISES IS FANGIRLING OVER COMPUTER* *REALISES FORGOT TO TAKE CAPS LOCK OFF*” is just one example).
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 And now, amazingly not even that much later given how distracted we got by her other, non-sufficiently-new songs and thinking up questions for her Kicks Twitter Q&A and then flailing wildly when she replied, here are the results of our many hours of hard fangirling…

Ocean

OK, first up was Ocean, which was released way back in October last year. Here are our thoughts on the video…(I’m just gonna copy and paste this pretty much direct so you can get the full effect so sorry if it’s a lil’ jumbled up…)

ME: So…at first i was like wut is this where is she it looks like the blinds are moving but THEN I was like “yass dem cgi skills though” and I LOVED LOVED LOVED the bit when right at the same time as like loads more instruments come in a massive wave comes in (1:51 if you’re interested). YASS THAT TIMING! Also, as usual, I have a massive style crush on her hair. But yeah, generally kinda ethereal vibes and I like the ocean reflection in the mirror near the end. It’s also nice that it links to the lyrics but gives you space to appreciate the song.

EVE: a+ ocean aesthetic. (aah okay wait excitement about fools SAME I just literally love all her songs so much????)  I mean, mostly Lauren’s videos don’t have like massive stories? BUT I LIKE IT LETS ME FOCUS ON THE SONG. And I like the ocean layering, although at the start I thought it was just terrible graphic effects. Like, trying to actually look like they were filling the room with water.

And now song thoughts…

EVE: At first I was a bit worried about WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO LAUREN?? Electronic wow? And I thought it was a bit repetitive. But NOW. Well. *coughs* I loove Ocean; it’s one of my favs! It’s a different style to her old music for sure — like, there’s less of a clearly defined structure I feel? But OCEAN IMAGERY and ‘i lost my head/somewhere between teh surface and the seabed’ eep. It’s super catchy aah.

ME: OK i have a tiny confession…at first I didn’t like this song. Like I listened to it a couple of times then kinda forgot about it because I wasn’t that keen on it. Like you said, it’s very different to her other stuff. BUT NOW, after listening to it again, I like it! JUST LIKE YOU SAID I love “i lost my head somewhere between the surface and the seabed” and also “they call it freedom but how can it be when I live in a time zone unsuited to me”. I feel kinda attached to that lyric because I think she shared it before the whole song??

Anyway I also really like how it kinda starts bare and then the texture builds up and then fades out again? (sorry that’s like classic GCSE music stuff ahaha) but YES NOW I LIKE IT!

EVE: Ah yes that is an excellent point! And one more thing from me ahaha: like I feel like it’s more abstract than such a clear storyline? But yeah more an emotion of the song idek what I’m trying to say haha. And YES  like it

Our rating: 4/5 (but A* for awesome metaphorical lyrics)

Low (also released October 2015)

EVE: Um, I sort of…didn’t like Low AT ALL when I first heard it. It’s probably still my least favourite of like the New Aquilina songs? I just didn’t really like the production that much haha. But, having said that: STILL MEANS I LIKE IT BECAUSE Y’KNOW IT’S COOL And the lyrics are amaazing.I think I agree the video was a bit abstract tho. (Although one take woah.) YES that is a great line eep.

ME: Asdfghjjkl i forgot how much i love this song i haven’t listened to it in too long…I LOVE the like double vocals? Idk what to call it but they’re awesome.Video wise I like that it’s simple and one take and it *kinda* fits with the lyrics but not that much? It’s maybe a bit too abstract though?

Our rating: 4/5

Out Of Our Depth (released in, you guessed it, October 2o15)

ME: OK writing as i think i like the is it guitar? Different instrumentation anyway…I like the chorus but feel like its maybe a bit anticlimactic?  I also like that this is about a relationship but feels like it could also be applied to other stuff (same with kicks tbh).

EVE: I actually love this one so much! I mean it’s not like a ‘main’ single but asdfjkl I think it’s gorgeous okay I need to stop with the superlatives for a bit. OKAY but yeah I think it is less of a big chorus? Hmm I don’t know I do like it though. And yeah, the lyrics are awesome + I think there are a lot of interpretations! I particularly like the kinda echoey piano thing?? Idk what instrument it actually is but yeah. And the drums at the chorus mmm EXCELLENT (oh yes I see what you mean by the guitar! I AM HEARING THAT.) yeah I think that’s it — this is probably like…more of a favourite for me? I mean, I’m saying that but realising I don’t actually know how I’d rate them in terms of fav-> least fav.

Our rating: 4.5/5

Echoes (released December 2015)

(first off we just fangirled excitedly over the bit at the start)

IDK THE INSTRUMENT BUT THE BIT AT THE START

THE LITTLE LIKE UP AND DOWN BIT?

YESSS YES SO GOOD AHHH

I LOVE THAT SO MUCH (*switches onto caps lock*) & I love how it continues throughout + slightly changes!

And then the rest…

Argh I do love echoes soo much. Probably the song I had the best first impression of + then continued to love! Overall I just love echoes a LOT and I think it’s v strong asdfjkl (although like it is upbeat and it took me a while to realise the lyrics haha) same basically haha. I mean I think some songs rely more on lyrics + some on melody? I think Old Aquilina was maybe more lyrics based but I am loving the new era if it’s like echoes asdfjkl.

5/5??? I literally can’t find any faults ahaha i haven’t even thought that much about the lyrics…I think new era is kinda more abstract and metaphorical lyrics?? 

Our rating: 5/5

And then the Tate x Elle session:

I just love that its at the Tate and this version seems to be more focus on the vocals?? I like it it feels kinda calmer…and I love the aesthetics. 

Ooh this version has more audible piano. Yeah I think so too, it’s lovely to hear vocals live. And I feel like maybe less of the ‘background’ vocals if you get me? Very fitting with the black + white Tate aesthetic is what I’m getting haha.

Echoes {Edeema remix}

My thoughts: loving the instrument at the beginning. I mean, it slightly makes me laugh but yeah. & also I like how there isn’t as a much of a buildup to the chorus I guess? It’s just a bit more chill + relaxed. I do kinda miss the little electronic-y bit at the start? But it’s DIFFERENT and COOL. and yeah overall an excellent remix.

I love this, I love the slightly different instrumentation and generally the laid back vibe. I just love it! Yeah I feel like the instrument thing at the start is kinda a nod to that but you’re right, it’s not the same!

Kicks (released April 2016)

[after watching video] *flails* I FEEL SO PUMPED NOW. yesss upbeat video and awesome song. Kicks is definitely more pop-y & the lyrics are less kinda…lyrical ahaha from old aquilina but IT’S POP PERFECTION. Arghhh amazingness. I liked it less on first try (haha sorry I’m just rambling here) but like NOW YAY & THE VIDEOOOOOO

Okay right I love this! YES THE VIDEO IS GREAT and I love that she included fans, only thing is I can see why she made it all girls but idk it feels maybe a little bit unfair to boys,. Makes it less relatable? But i do get that she’s going for the female empowerment thing…also the Asian girl with the plaits is like ultimate hair goals. Yeah this feels really different to all her other music, way more poppy and upbeat…in terms of lyrics i get what you mean but i do love the line i’m done being down about this…positivity yeah!

Idk yeah that was basically my thing. But I guess it’s a girl power message? Oh my god yeah. AMAZING PLAITS. She was very awesome. Yeah there are some awesome lyrics! It’s just like more succinct rather than poetic I suppose?

Yeah I also like the opening instrumental bit but i wasn’t so sure about the slow bit to start with, I think because all the teasers focused on the upbeat chorussy bit?? But overall me gusta mucho, including the vid and album artwork! And i like (this sounds so geeky omg) the perfect videography (idek if that’s the right word) with the timing of some of the punches haha. And I just realised this is one of the first songs that doesn’t have ocean-y artwork! Yep I feel like this is a hint for how some of her new style stuff is gonna be…

I…can’t actually remember if I listened to the teasers? I think I might have got 1 but I don’t have snapchat haha. YES THE ALBUM ARTWORK IS AWEESOME I’m loving the transition from usual kinda face + name + song title ugh helvetica-y fonts yess. & agreed the timing of some of those shots were great!! Oh that’s true — a lot of her previous kinda header singles have had very oceany stuff as well. Overall I think it’s definitely a transition + more upbeat, but it’s an AWESOME upbeat empowerment song.

Our rating: 4.5 or 5/5 with the video

And so I guess that’s it! Big thanks to Eve for joining me for this, it was so much fun 🙂 – you can read her review on her blog here!

Are you a Lauren Aquilina fan? What are your thoughts on our thoughts? Let us know in the comments!

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Tracklisting Tuesday: Fangirling Over Kygo

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Kygo is a 23 year old Norwegian music producer who’s just starting to get big – you may have heard his collaboration ‘Firestone’ with Conrad Sewell in the Top 40, or seen ‘Stole The Show’ feat Parson James on Spotify.

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My friend and I are both obsessed with him, and feel a certain kind of pride that we liked his music before he started to go ‘mainstream’. I originally heard his remix of Seinabo Sey’s Younger (the original of which is now starting to get airplay as well) after I saw Seinabo supporting Ella Eyre on tour, and my friend then introduced me to the rest of them.

Most of his remixes are on YouTube, as very few have actually been released and are therefore on iTunes, Amazon Music or Spotify, although he appears to have used to have free downloads from his Facebook page. Irritatingly, these seem to have disappeared, possibly since he signed to a record label, I think Sony Music?

His most well-known remixes are the aforementioned ‘Younger’ one, and his remix of Ed Sheeran’s ‘I See Fire’. However, the one I’m going to drop down below is my current favourite. It was introduced to me by said friend, and is incredible – I present to you, the Kygo remix of Didrik Thulin’s ‘Dancer’. It is incredible.

Facebook // Instagram // SoundCloud // Website // YouTube (Official Vevo Channel – however, loads of his mixes just turn up in the general search results)

Plus, he has a cool logo. Overall, I’m in love. What do you think? Yay or nay? Tell me down in the comments, or on Twitter @booksteaonesie! Oh, and if you haven’t already, please fill out my reader survey!

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Tracklisting Tuesday: Together // Ella Eyre

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About two weeks ago, confirmed favourite singer of mine Ella Eyre premiered her next single on BBC Radio 1Xtra with MistaJam, accompanied by a video of collated snippets from her Camden Roundhouse performance last month. As she says in that video, the song is about unity, and how we’re better off together than alone. The official video, filmed in Spain, premiered a couple of hours ago, and features Ella and friends on a road trip. I absolutely love the song and the video’s vibe, and her Roundhouse performance is pretty stunning too! Her energy whilst performing live is just incredible.

What are you favourite new releases? What do you think of ‘Together’ and the accompanying video?

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Tracklisting Tuesday: An Appeal To The WWW

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Hello, fellow internet-addicts and awesome bloggers. (Sweeping generalisation there, soz) (oh dear, just used soz and totally not sorry about it)(feeling a bit hyper right now…).
As my fabulous best friend who was due to be next in my Best Friends Profiles Tracklisting Tuesday series was ill today (How dare you, best friend! Nah, just kidding, get better soon and come in tomorrow!), and I was disorganised and didn’t get her to answer the questions before today, Tracklisting Tuesday is going to be taking a bit of a backseat today. However, I am hoping to compile a new 8tracks playlist of awesome covers, and although I have lots of ideas, want to know what YOUR favourite covers are! Please please pretty please drop a comment down below, tweet me @booksteaonesie or even direct message me on Instagram, @booksteaanda_onesie (no pressure or anything ;-)), telling me what your favourite covers are! Any artist or genre, I’m not picky! I will then use all/some of your suggestions alongside my personal favourites in an 8tracks playlist, which may then form the basis of a future TT post. So please do comment! Also, I just want to discover some new music and am too lazy to go find some myself :-).
Thanks, and sorry-not-sorry for the gentle persuasiveness 😉 (if that even makes sense…)

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An Overthinking Song Challenge: February 11th

30 Day Song Challenge- Books, Tea and a (1)

Today I have to pick a song I’m currently obsessed with…as I’ve always mentioned Uptown Funk as as song I know all the lyrics to, I think today I’m going to go for the newly-released ‘Gravity’ by D.J. Fresh ft. Ella Eyre and ‘You Need Me Man I Don’t Need You’ by Ed Sheeran. Some of Ed’s lyrics are brilliant (I won’t mention my favourite as it’s a leeetle bit explicit…), and Gravity is just amazing! I remember first hearing it November/December time, and thinking 8th February as a release date was miles away…scarily, its been and gone in a flash!

Oh, and a quick newsflash…as I was so tired last night and this challenge is entirely music-orientated, I skipped Tracklisting Tuesday last night. HOWEVER, I have got a bit of an idea for a new, musical, three-part series featuring three of my best friends! (I haven’t actually mentioned it to one of them yet…) Hopefully, the first of these will appear in a week or two, so keep an eye out for further info regarding them!

Let me know about your picks down in the comments,

An Overthinking Teenager

I Think I Have A New Favourite Song: A Gig Review (Kinda-Late-Tracklisting-Tuesdays-Thing)

On Wednesday, having finished school at 12:30, I kicked off my Christmas holidays with my first ever jazz concert.I went with a friend from my jazz orchestra, and met several others there – 80% of the band we were seeing were made up of people in the senior part of the orchestra, and all of them were from the local college, so the audience was made up of mostly local college students or people in the jazz orchestra (and a bunch of parents). Although the audience was relatively small, we were encouraged to think of it as ‘a house party with a particularly elaborate setup’, and once everything got going it wasn’t too awkward.

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Tracklisting Tuesdays: New Music!

Y’know I said this post was about new music? Well sorry, I got you here under false pretences. You might as well call this post ‘Bastille Appreciation’, because that’s 90% what it is. Let’s hope you like Bastille…

This post is going to focus on new music, specifically the three new tracks recently released from Bastille’s upcoming mixtape ‘VS.: Other People’s Heartache Pt. III’. (I also really want to do a post on their acoustic awesomeness and  don’t think I can wait a whole week, so stay tuned for that sometime soon…). Other the last four weeks, Bastille have released three new songs, each with incredibly minimalistic publicity. Read: announcing it on the day/the day before it’s premiering. As you do-or at least, as Bastille do.

Evidence:

Anyway, here’s the first track, ‘Torn Apart’, VS. Grades, premiered on the Zane Lowe show on BBC Radio 1. This was also originally VS. Lizzo, but the rap didn’t get great feedback and seemed to disappear…?

Things I Love:

-All of the visuals for the new mixtape. Just awesome.

-The fact it’s a bit more upbeat and built-up than a lot of their previous stuff, but it still feels like everything in the music is serving a purpose, rather than just being formulaic and there for the hell of it.

-The changes in tempo.

Overall I think it’s very different to their previous stuff, but if this is what we’re expecting for the new album I for one won’t be complaining!

Next up is ‘The Driver’, written for Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 Rescores project, rescoring the 2011 Ryan Gosling film ‘Drive’. This was debuted as Zane’s ‘Hottest Record In The World Right Now’ during a week of soundtrack premieres building up to the screening of the film later that week. Bastille are in the company of artists including Laura Mvula, Banks and CHVRCHES on the soundtrack, so I feel I definitely ought to explore the rest of the soundtrack more closely! Although the song was written for the soundtrack, I think it’s also a great standalone song.

Things I Love

– Most of it! Some of those high notes are very impressive!

Finally, and only premiered last night (I think) (although they’ve been playing it live for over a year now, so I’ve heard it in parts on YouTube already), is ‘Weapon’, VS. Angel Haze VS. F*U*G*Z VS. Braque and recorded backstage before a concert at London’s Alexandra Palace (not that you’d guess this!). This was played first by Huw Stephens, who also premiered their recent song ‘bad_news’. Ahh, I love new Bastille music!

I’m not so sure about this one – there are lots of different styles and I’m not sure if all of them mesh, but overall I think I like it – it grew on me during the second listen! Lots of people are saying it ‘isn’t Bastille’, which I don’t think is fair – they’ve always said they don’t really restrict themselves to a genre, and Bastille are whatever they want to be! These mixtapes are all about experimenting with different styles, and remember, this is their livelihood – they’re allowed to try new stuff out! This is a very different style to their other music, but I definitely wouldn’t say that’s a bad thing.

And now for a non-Bastille track (you mean there’s such a thing! *drops to ground in dead faint in surprise*…

This is DJ Fresh featuring Ella Eyre, and as with most Ella Eyre-related stuff, I love it. This was also premiered as Hottest Record In The World Right Now on Zane Lowe’s show over the last couple of days – Zane Lowe is doing great things for my Amazon mp3 wish list!

So what do you think about my picks? What’s your favourite current new music, and where did you first hear it? Do you ever indulge in Bastille (other artists are available, just not quite as good…) appreciation moments/posts/hours/years/lives/you know where this is going…

Hope you enjoyed this not-quite-Tuesday Tracklisting Tuesdays post, and don’t mind too much that I got you here under false pretences!

An Overthinking Teenager

100 Days of Happiness {day 72} – London: Cakes, Poppies and #Aquostic!

Wednesday was non-stop gogogo! (apart from the 7-ish hours in the car, that is!). My dad is a big Status Quo fan, and had managed to book tickets for the first ever ‘Aquostic’ gig, live from Camden Roundhouse for BBC Radio 2. My dad’s liking of the Quo is a bit of a family joke – my mum can’t stand the noise levels, and my sister radiates extreme disapproval whenever they are mentioned! However, my mum said it was much better at the drastically reduced noise levels that come with playing acoustic, and apparently witnesses saw my sister half-enjoying it at times! Whilst mum and sis were sat down, I was with my dad and a family friend on the ground floor, about halfway back. There was one terrifying moment – dad had gone to the loo and our friend was joking with some people around us about how they’d never get back if they left for the loo. Holding up a beer cup, they suggested an alternative solution…*shudders*.

Other than that, the concert was really fun and a novel experience!

Earlier in the day we visited the Tower of London installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’. For those of you that haven’t heard about this, it is an evolving installation of ceramic poppies, made by ceramic artist Paul Cummins and set by stage designer Tom Piper. Each poppy represents a British and Colonial soldier killed in the First World War, and 888,246 are being installed between August 5 and November 11th (Armistice Day). After the installation ends, the poppies are being sold for £25 apiece, to raise money for six charities associated with the Armed Forces. There is also a Roll of Honour being done each evening where the names of public-nominated soldiers from the Commonwealth armies are read out. The poppies make a truly spectacular sight-visit them if you can!

We also stopped by the Harrods Montreux Jazz Festival Cafe, although we didn’t stop to eat – at £15 per head for coffee and cake, I was happy with just looking! As possibly one of the best surprises ever, my dad planned for us to visit the Hummingbird Bakery. My sister has one of the HB cookbooks, and my dad knows how much we love the brownies from their recipe 🙂 Our parents had coffees, whilst my sister and I both had hot chocolates. She also had a very fruity slice of rainbow cake, and I had a mouth-wateringly delicious vanilla and raspberry cheesecake brownie. I think that was it’s official title!

For lunch we went to Pret-A-Manger – I had an amazing chicken raita wrap, and my sister had macaroni cheese in a cute little box! Tea was pizza in Camden – yum! Although we didn’t get back till somewhere between 1 and 2 a.m., I did manage to sleep in the car and we slept in until midday on Thursday 🙂

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Did you hear any of Status Quo Aquostic on the radio, and have you visited any of the places I went to?

An Overthinking Teenager