Stuck on repeat… April 2016

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PILLOWTALK – Zayn

I’m not sure if my music tastes are slowly failing me but the recent additions of Bieber and now an ex WandErection-er makes me doubt myself. Having said that, it’s SO damn catchy and isn’t that the mark of a good pop song? I blame Jimmy Fallon’s lip sync battle for reigniting my interest in this tune. 

Favourite lyric: So we’ll piss off the neighbours / In the place that feels the tears / The place to lose your fears

This Is A War – All Saints

I was a teen during the late 90’s/early 00’s and All Saints were e v e r y w h e r e. In fashion, on the radio, even films (Ms Shaznay in Bend It Like Beckham). I’m rather happy to see them return; older, wiser and more soulful than before as it almost feels like a nostalgic antidote to the fakery of modern life. This track from the new album instantly appealed to me and has been on the playlist ever since. 

Favourite lyric: If I gotta fight for the right / To be loved and to love, then this is a war

A Waltz For A Night – Julie Delpy

One of my favourite films is Before Sunrise with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. It’s basically two people talking and falling in love before the sun rises in Vienna and watching it nearly 20 years after its release, it was still pretty relevant in its observation of life and love. The sequel shows the protagonists meeting again several years later and they pick up just where they left off, this time in Paris. If you’ve never watched the trilogy – DO. The song is sung by Julie Delpy in the film and just melts my heart. 

Favourite lyric: You were for me that night/Everything I always dreamt of in life

Love and Affection – Joan Armatrading

My dad used to have a compilation cassette tape (yes, from back in the day, because I am actually old) that had this on and I would “borrow” it and play it on my Fisher-Price cassette player. When she was mentioned on breakfast TV the other day I was transported back to those days. It’s a darling little song peppered with some great backing vocals that make me smile.  

Favourite lyric: With a friend/I can smile/But with a lover/I could hold my head back/I could really laugh/Really laugh

Keeping Your Head Up – Birdy

I’m sure I first heard this on an ad, but if you can keep my attention on one and not make me change channel then you must be doing something right! Life-affirming, sun streaming through windows stuff. 

Favourite lyric: Everyone keeps a darker place/To lose control, you’re not alone/And when you come looking for embrace/I know your soul; I’ll be your home

Lean On – Lennon and Maisy Stella

Since watching Nashville I’ve had my eyes and ears opened to these beautiful singing sisters from America. Their harmonies are shiver-inducing and just so gorgeous. I posted the YouTube video link as I much prefer it to the produced single. 

Favourite lyric: What will we do when we get old?/Will we walk down the same road?/Will you be there by my side?/Standing strong as the waves roll over

When Doves Cry – Prince

Another day, another legend gone. I saw the news on Twitter and actually shouted “No!” out loud because one more musical genius won’t be around to create beauty in a world that so desperately needs it. He wrote so many great songs (I didn’t even realise Nothing Compares 2 U was his!) but this is definitely one of my all time favourites, once wonderfully adapted in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet.

Favourite lyric: Don’t make me chase you/Even doves have pride

If you have any music recommendations I’d love to hear them! Comment below or contact me on social media. X 


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