Apologies dear readers/listeners for I have been naughty and condensed two months into one post. This is mainly because I felt that I couldn’t just write a post featuring two songs and that be it! Plus I was enjoying my holidays and suffering from a particularly bad case of writers block (aka: everything I write is sh*t) so I’m giving you a double whammy, packed full of ear-wormy tunes for your enjoyment.
Catch up with the full #stuckonrepeat playlist here.
It’s not often that I would put two songs from the same artist but I really have been playing these non-stop these past months.
Magnetised – Tom Odell
I’d heard this a few times on a Discover or Hot Hits playlist and thought it pretty catchy, but it wasn’t until I saw the performance on Graham Norton again that I really felt the energy in the song. A tale of unrequited love/knowing when you give more than your lover reciprocates and yet still going back for more.
Favourite lyric: ‘Cause it’s not right, I’m magnetised / To somebody that don’t feel it / Love paralyzed, she’s never gonna need me / But sure as the world keeps the moon in the sky / She’ll keep me hanging on
Concrete – Tom Odell
Exploring the new album I kept skipping back to these two tracks. This is slinky, jazzy and moody all about empty hotel rooms and missing the connection with a lover, with a lyric (if misheard) is just the good side of naughty.
Favourite lyric: Cause I’d sleep, on a bed that’s made of concrete / Just the two of us and, no sheet / Just your feet, rubbing up against mine
Cry – Nuuxs
I first saw Nuuxs at The Pheasantry on the Kings Road earlier this year as part of the Pizza Express Live gigs (originally going to support Tay Salem, see below) and was entertained enough by her main set – one of the stand out songs being In The Name Of (which I can’t find anywhere!) With Tay supporting her again at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho at the beginning of July, I was excited to hear more of the mix of 60’s cool and Shoreditch angst (in a good way). This title track from the current EP didn’t become an earworm until I replayed on Spotify and it was only upon listening carefully that I realised what I thought was another heartbreak song was something a lot darker and much more intense about overcoming abuse. It’s musical vengeance.
Favourite lyric: I hope you do well in your prison cell
Stolen – Nuuxs
This was the song that stuck in my head on the way back from the gig. The version performed was powerful enough with just the female voice but this recording from the EP features Jake Gosling for the duet adding the male perspective to the lyrics.
Favourite lyric: I let you worry / so I could be free
Written in Scars – Jack Savoretti
Mr Savoretti has made an appearance on StuckOnRepeat before with the stunning Catapult, the song that persuaded me to shell out for his gig at Somerset House – which was AMAZING!! The dude has stage presence, sings from the soul and is easy on the eye. (He made it on to the laminated list on this performance alone!) This was the track if been humming all day and we heard as part of soundcheck as we walked in to wait, plus the opener to the set. Just so punchy and apt in these post-brexit-quit-making-a-mockery-of-our-country-you-damned-politicians times!!
Favourite lyric: We are the revolution, we want it all tonight, We want to take back what’s rightfully ours
Fight Til The End – Jack Savoretti
It almost sounds like an intro to a Sergio Leone film, fast paced and frantic. It tells the story of a relationship that can’t stand on passion alone but feels too good to give up. It almost reminds me of my addiction to Haribo, ha!
Favourite lyric: We’re enemies, lovers, not friends
Iron – Tay Salem
The talent this guy has is ridic. Even the Red Bull Music Academy say so. Another awesome set enjoyed at the Pizza Express Jazz club and so brilliant to see the progression in confidence and skill with his songs. An EP is due soon (gimme Threads already!!) with this being the first release from it.
Favourite lyric: Invisible chains / I was born free / but it’s harder to move than harder to see
Tonight You Belong To Me – Eddie Vedder
This has been a true earworm, seriously stuck on repeat in our house and driving my poor hubby insane with how often it gets played/repeated within the space of an hour let alone a day. It’s just the cutest song which I’d heard before but then watched being sung by a dad and his four year old daughter (I’m not a broody/affected by kids kinda girl but I sobbed happy tears at this duo.) It was written in the 1920’s and featured in the Steve Martin film The Jerk, but I found the Eddie Vedder version with Cat Power to be most pleasant. It’s a cutesy song about getting your ex lover back for one last time, which belies the simplicity of the song. Anyway, I dare you to not sing along AND harmonise!! And replay eleventy billion times!!
Favourite lyric: My honey I know / With the dawn / That you will be gone / But tonight / You belong to me
Tilted – Christine and the Queens
I’d heard great things about CATQ but never actually heard songs. Thankfully mainstream media (The Graham Norton Show) showcased this lady and her moves. Try not to tap along.
Favourite lyric: I’m doing my face with magic marker / I’m in my right place, don’t be a downer.