Two years ago this month, I started making monthly playlists on Spotify. You can imagine what happened when I was making well over 12 playlists a year, so at the end of 2015 I decided to condense them into every two months, only getting round to truly sorting all my playlists out at the end of last year. Yes- i’m so lazy it took me an entire year to do.
Anyway, I thought it would be fun to look back on my March/April playlists from the past two years to see what I was listening to, and whether my music taste has changed any!
I won’t be going through every song, because this would end up an obscenely long post, but I will link each playlist below if you want to listen to them.
What You Know- Two Door Cinema Club
Released in 2011, this definitely wasn’t a new find for that month. What You Know is my favourite Two Door Cinema Club song, which is saying a lot because they have a load of great hits.
As they’re such a popular band, there’s probably no point in me going on about them for very long, they’re just your typical upbeat indie band, and their popularity does speak for itself. They’ve recently released a new album called Gameshow, so i’d recommend going to listen to that if you haven’t already.
Dreaming – Smallpools
When I went back to listen to this playlist, Dreaming is the second song on it, but unlike every other song, I had no idea what it was.
On listening, you’d be forgiven for assuming it was Passion Pit. They have a very similar sound. I’ve never heard anything else by this band, but I can confirm that this song is extremely catchy.
Awakening – Empire of the Sun
You know when you hear a song and instantly remember being completely obsessed by it? That’s how I feel about Awakening. Again, like every other song on this playlist apparently, it wasn’t a new song at the time. I do remember spending a good amount of the summer before listening almost exclusively to their first album, Walking On A Dream, but I couldn’t tell you why this song suddenly became my one true love two years after it was released. We’ll probably never know.
If you’re not already aware of Empire of the Sun, they’re pure indie-synth goodness. Spotify describe them as ‘glam-pop’ – i’m not entirely sure what that means, but their music is definitely ‘pop-y’. Maybe almost like a disco version of indie, which I guess would explain the ‘glam-pop’ title? Awakening is probably one of my favourite Empire of the Sun songs, but I could honestly write a list as long as my arm of every song I love. And it would include most of their discography.
Fader – The Temper Trap
If you don’t know any other The Temper Trap songs, i’m certain you’ll know Sweet Disposition. Now imagine me standing on a soapbox with one of those obnoxious megaphones screeching FADER IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN SWEET DISPOSITION!!! In my opinion, of course. I like it now, but honestly it took me so long to jump on that bandwagon. This is closer to the likes of Two Door Cinema Club than the dance/synth indie pop vibe of most of the other songs on this playlist. I was definitely late to the party for this one, after the Sweet Disposition hatred scenario, I just refused to listen to their other music. Such a bad decision. Don’t judge a band on one song people!
1901 – Phoenix
I’ve been listening to this song since the album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, came out in 2009 (despite listening almost exclusively to rock and metal music). If I loved it then, you can see why I still love it now. Phoenix have been on the go since 1999, I will admit that I haven’t listened to that much of their earlier stuff, but what I have I’ve really enjoyed. I think it’s really impressive that a band can be together for 18 years and still sound consistent with their early stuff, if you don’t believe me, listen to If I ever feel better from 2000’s album United. 18 years ago I was a keen fan of the Spice Girls and used my school jumpers as goalposts to play football. Oh how times change.
If you want to listen to March/April 2015’s playlist, you can do so here.
Fun fact for you, this is one of my favourite playlists that I’ve ever made. The other being May/June ’16. Also, yes it’s over 5 hours long, and no, it’s not even close to being my longest monthly playlist.
Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for two virgins) – Father John Misty
The fact that I discovered this song almost exactly a year ago absolutely astounds me, because i’ve listened to it almost religiously (pardon the name pun) since. The first word is my name, which obviously just means the song was made for me right? Right?! Anyway, the lyrics to this are just absolutely perfect, and I guess it’s a love song, but it’s not a soppy love song, or a sexual love song like most songs in the charts. I mean, “lift up your wedding dress someone was probably murdered in”. Isn’t that just fantastic.
This is my most played song of the last year. I checked. And I still don’t hate it, not even in the slightest. Not entirely sure what I think of his new music, but I remain optimistic nonetheless.
Break – Frightened Rabbit
I always feel like Frightened Rabbit are woefully underrated. I had the pleasure of going to see them at the end of last year, and they were fantastic. And they have the added bonus of being Scottish, like myself. Gotta support the locals, even if they are from absolutely nowhere near me.
If you’ve never heard their music before, I highly recommend their newest album, Painting of a Panic Attack. All their albums are good, but that one is definitely my favourite. Or you could go for an oldie but a goodie, This Modern Leper, or The Woodpile. Break’s my favourite though. I’m not intentionally only including my favourite songs by bands, that just seems to be how these playlists are playing out.
Under The Pressure – The War On Drugs
I absolutely love this song, but it’s almost 9 minutes long. Seriously- 8 minutes and 52 seconds. The last three and a half minutes are just instrumental, which as much as I clearly appreciate music, I really could do without. This song was the soundtrack to me reading Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi last year, which is a testament to how great this song is, considering that’s a really long book. It reminds me of weather where you could go for a long drive with all the windows down in the sun. But I live in Scotland, and that’s extremely rare. This song however, is hazy chill rock goodness. Even if it is almost 9 minutes long.
Fineshrine – Purity Ring
Funnily enough, i’ve actually been listening to a lot of Purity Ring recently. They’re definitely very electro-pop, which i’m definitely into this month.
This is probably more of an acquired taste than most of the other music on this playlist, but if you’re into that kind of sound, you’ll love Purity Ring. Also highly recommend begin again, one of my favourites from this month.
Stay In My Corner – The Arcs
If you weren’t already aware, The Arcs are Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys’ side project. As a casual fan of The Black Keys, I actually like The Arcs more. Stay In My Corner’s got a crooning, almost soulful vibe to it.
If you want to listen to March/April ’16’s playlist, you can do so here.
Obviously it’s still only March, so this playlist is going to be unfinished for another month. Who knows what’ll be added by the end of April? But anyway, for the sake of continuity of the years, here’s some of my favourites so far.
Panama – Sports
I mentioned this in my last post, when I discovered Sports through the Flying Vinyl subscription box. If you either haven’t read my last post, or have already forgotten, I was very quickly made a fan. I’ve got three of their songs on my playlist this month already, and that was me restraining myself. Panama is just so ridiculously warm and summery sounding. Is that a weird way to describe a song- warm sounding? Probably. If you give it a listen, you’ll get what I mean. And you won’t regret it, because all their songs are just so good.
Pork Soda – Glass Animals
I really like Glass Animals because I just think all their songs sound so different from each other, and they’re always filled with interesting lyrics. If you manage to get through the whole song and don’t get ‘pineapples are in my head’ stuck in your head, i’d be surprised.
I missed them playing live in Edinburgh two weeks ago, and i’m still upset about it. They’re a great band, and I highly recommend. The first four songs on ‘How To Be A Human Being’ especially.
Big TV – White Lies
Although I missed Glass Animals, I did manage to catch White Lies live earlier this month. I’ve been a fan of theirs since their first album, but i’d gotten their newest two albums and not really listened to them, until a few days before the gig when I realised I wouldn’t know all the songs. And I really hate not being able to sing along with the band live. Big TV was the first song they did as their encore, although they never actually left the stage, the reason being that they thought it was a bit lame to pretend to leave then come back a couple of seconds later. Which I guess it is a bit.
Big TV is from their 2013 album of the same name, and whereas it’s not my favourite album of theirs, it’s definitely one of my favourite songs of theirs. Not my absolute favourite though- see i’m not just writing all my favourites! Big TV is classic White Lies, and has some of those fantastic dark synthy sounds that I love so much.
Venus Fly – Grimes
If I told you just how many times i’ve actually listened to this song this month you’d probably be disgusted. Grimes probably isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but if you like Purity Ring, you might like Grimes. Her music is weird- in a good way. It’s definitely not like anything i’ve ever listened to before.
Say Something Loving – The xx
Weirdly enough, my work have been playing various The xx songs for the past month. Replica is the most recent one, but Say Something Loving also got it’s play time a few weeks ago. I still love it. Their new album, I See You, is great. They have really recognisable voices, which can make a lot of their songs sound a bit moody, but honestly I think that just makes their music even better.
Would highly recommend any of their albums, although their newest one is very, very good.
If you want to keep up with March/April ’17 as I update it throughout the next month, you can find it here.
In retrospect then, my music taste really hasn’t changed over the past two years. I’m still listening to the same stuff, and I still love everything I loved back in 2015. I do wish I’d kept more of my old playlists, i’d have loved to go right back to early 2010s.
Hindsight is a great thing, isn’t it?