Music you need in your life (like right now)

Hey happy bookworms!

I’m super duper excited for this post *excuse me while I go and scream for a couple minutes* If you don’t know, I love listening to music as much as I love books *gasps* I know, I know, it’s a big claim but I probably spend more time listening to music than reading. I’ve also got into listening to music while I revise which is a great habit because it makes me actually revise so whoo go me 🙂

I want this post (and maybe series?) to be an experience for you guys: a really chill time where we can just hang out and listen to music (because I’ll be listening while I write this!), so save this until you have some time to sit down with some earphones and listen along! 😝 I’m not sure how I’m going to structure this post maybe some song lyrics, some pictures & I’m going to try to figure out how to add Spotify lists to this *wish me luck*
I actually love Spotify lists in blogs since you can hear a snippet of the song & get a feel for it without having to go through the whole thing so they’re perfect for things like these when you want to hear a little of a lot of songs.

I listen to a lot of different things but mainly Indie (at least right now) obviously that’s still an umbrella term, anyway, I hope you can find some songs you like & learn weird quirks about my music tastes XD

*I did figure out the Spotify lists (go me!) so I’d suggest playing them while you read the info on the artist, that’s what I normally do in posts like these 😂 I’ve also gone slow then upbeat so there’s change*

Dermot Kennedy

First introduction: power over me

Image result for dermot kennedy albumFavourite song: I CAN’T EVEN PICK ok, ok – lost

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Dermot Kennedy is just about those feels you know? It’s meaningful and raw with beautiful lyrics AND OMG I LOVE HIS ACCENT! He’s Irish & I can’tttt….I love the way he pronounces some of his words!

I learned that there’s beauty I can’t keep
Learned that there’s demons in stories
So letting her down, no, I won’t be
Whenever she’s calling, she’ll call me
Angry and seething as the sea
Songs in cathedrals in month three
Promise you’ll smile off a memory

– All my friends

Others I love: All my friends, glory, for island fires and family (omg the part where he goes ‘damn permanent reverie’ 💕), young & free

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First introduction: still feel.

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I just love the vibe of these guys! Their songs are upbeat and fresh AND FUNKY BUT I DIDN’T WANT TO SAY FUNKY (I feel like funky’s a really outdated word?) I really like modern retro music (Which is literally an oxymoron but go with it)

Favourite song: creature the word ‘holy’ in this is 👌 (yes I have a favourite word in this song leave me alone)

Look inside my heart and find a perilous ravine
Carved within the beauty, the darkness in between
Standing in the balance of complete and incomplete
I identify the echo of what is and what will be

– creature

Others I love:  RUNAWAY, Aawake at night

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Amber Run

First introduction: 5AM (Which is SO good!)

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I LOVE Amber Run, they have this beautiful sound & vibe and their lyrics are just incredible (is anyone noticing a theme here?) Their songs are just an experience & they are masters of building up songs. One word: atmosphere.

And are those real angels in the magazines?
Oh, is there a heaven? You’d know now you’ve been
Are those real stars that hang in the sky?
Or are they man-made, a trick of the light?

– Amen

Favourite song: this has to be songS because I can’t even begin to pick just 1: Amen, Heaven is a place, Haze, Insomniac (the only video of this online is of this guy dancing AND I LOVE IT 😂 honestly, someone needs to bring back those trousers),  I found

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Oh, and I wanna be here when morning comes
When the stars in the sky fade into one
Oh, and I wanna be here when times are hard
When the beating of your heart is like a drum

– Just My Soul Responding

Others I love: Carousel, Fickle Game, Machine, Just My Soul Responding, (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher (why do people use brackets in song titles? Like, I get that it’s an alternate title but just pick one, you know?!), No Answers, I Dare You

‘Cause I’m fast enough to get in trouble
And not fast enough to get away

– Fickle Game

The Hunna

First introduction: She’s Casual

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Favourite song: Babe, Can I call?

I’m talking to her but she can feel it too
I can hear the seventy-five, you know it’s our tune
She’s speaking to me but all I hear is you
A flash back to a time when you still thought I was cool

– Babe, Can I Call?

End it with a bit of rock? 😂 I just love the sound of these guys (no more deep meaning in lyrics) just the sound – a bit more dancey and a great thing to sing along to AND FUN! They also did a cover of the 1975’s give yourself a try which I love maybe more than the original?!

Image result for the hunna cover artOthers I love: Flickin’ Your Hair, Lover, Bonfire

So let’s burn this to ashes
And go our own way
So pass me the matches
And we’ll both watch the flames

– Bonfire

Whoa…that was a lot but it was so much fun to make! I’m definitely making a part 2!
I hope you guys enjoyed it as well & found some new music to listen to – I really hope you love it all as much as I do 💕

Opinions? Know any of these artists already? Just found them? (you’re welcome 😅)
Any recs for me?


16 thoughts on “Music you need in your life (like right now)

  1. Lais @ The Bookish Skies says:

    el, thank you sososoooooo much for sharing! as i said i feel like multiple times before, i am constantly looking for new music to listen to, as i create monthly playlists.
    i really loved half alive! i’ll definitely be adding a couple of their songs to my next playlist in march.
    again, thank you so much for sharing!

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  2. Ash Ronnel says:

    I used to love Amber Run, especially their songs I Found and Fickle Game!! Their backing tracks are just so mystical and I get such a fresh, different vibe listening to their voices 😊

    I have to check out the rest of these songs, though! Some of my favs right now are:
    – Lonely People by Orla Gartland (really I’ve been listening to all her songs on repeat lol)
    – Idle Town by Conan Gray
    – Don’t Start Now by Dua Lipa

    Lovely post! I definitely love music as much as books 😉

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    • El says:

      I remember when I first listened to Orla Gartland I had why am I like this in my head constantly 😂

      I’ve heard a little of Conan Gray but I’ll definitely check Idle town out now!

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  3. Sophie @ Me and Ink says:

    I love music and talking about music so THANK YOU for this post!! I love hearing about new music, after the first 5 seconds of a song from Dermot Kennedy I knew I loved him so I am going to binge his music and you are responsible for that so thank you!!
    I have listening to Amber Run and I do like their music!! They are definitely atmospheric songs.
    I will check out the rest as well. Great post, I loved reading it so much!! ❤
    I have been listening to a lot of Alec Benjamin lately and I think you would enjoy his music! 🙂

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    • El says:

      Ahhhhhh I’m so happy!!! Dermot Kennedy is SO good so I’m glad I could spread the word 🙂

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! I feel like I should vary my blog a bit more but because it’s something different I was kinda worried that people wouldn’t like it 😅

      I’ve heard some Alec Benjamin & also everyone raving about him but I just never got into him? There’s just something about his sound I don’t like idk why – thanks for the rec though, I might have another listen! Any songs in particular you recommend? 💕

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  4. vaishnavi says:

    THE ACCENT IS AH-MAZING. i am slightly obsessed with accents aND AAA IT’S SO NICE.
    i’ve listened to some half-alive and i had no clue you love them too! (sadly, many poor, unfortunate souls have had the misfortune of never listening to their music- a moment of peace) don’t worry, modern retro is exactly how i’d describe it! it makes sense, somehow. (and girl, i say gnarly all the time you’re good 😂) ice cold is also soso good ❤

    but whoa, i seriously need to check some of these songs out O_o and DEF listen to more of amber run, i love how the background music and the dude's voice just *work* together so well, y'know? but yay, i've met a fellow indie lover! and a lover of meaningful lyrics 😉

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    • El says:

      Yay! I’m so glad I showed you some new ppl but also that I’m REPRESENTING 😂

      Yes – a moment of silence – I can’t even imagine how sad their lives must be…

      But it makes me so happy to know that you like Amber run! I could listen to their music for hours ☺️

      Indie high-five 🖐

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  5. Aditi says:

    (jk I know it’s hard to choose 😂)
    I’ve literally never heard of any of these artists but I’ll listen to them and let you know what I think!

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