January’s been a bit all over the place. With so much happening in the world, both good and bad, music has become something I’ve come to rely on again as a way to make sense of it all. Just like I’d previously done for many of my teenage years, a coping mechanism if you will. This time around, Spotify, has been my go to for curating this month’s music playlist – looking at all the songs I’ve been playing most in the office, on my commute and on recent road trips.
This month includes some oldies but goodies (lookin’ at you, The Velvet Underground) and some new loves from David Bowie, Mayer Hawthorne and of course, La La Land. Enjoy!
1. Gorillaz – ’19-2000 – Soulchild Remix’
After hearing Gorillaz’s recent single, ‘Hallelujah Money’, it was time to delve back into a few classics from their self-titled debut album, including this one. I’d forgotten how good this song actually is, it took me right back to school discos and lazy Summers in the local park. I can’t wait for their new album this year.
2. David Bowie – ‘Blackstar’
I was nervous about finally listening to this album as I was more affected by Bowie’s death than I anticipated but after watching the Bowie documentary that was on BBC2 recently, I knew I had to. What. A. Revelation. I think this record has made it into my my Bowie top 5 tracks – it’s so beautifully haunting.
3. Kate Nash – ‘Mouthwash’
The blast from the past. I think I was listening to a throwback playlist on Spotify last week when this pop classic came on. I still love the way she sings, in the same vein as Lily Allen. It had me practically dancing at my desk with joy.
4. La La Land Soundtrack – ‘City Of Stars’
I know, everyone is talking about this film and its soundtrack but SERIOUSLY, it is amazing. I have listened to this song so many times in the last fortnight that it’s getting a bit ridiculous. It’s just such a romantic tune, the piano intro is so cheeky yet poignant at the same time. If you haven’t seen this film, then go see it.
5. U2 – ‘With Or Without You’
With U2 embarking on their ‘Joshua Tree’ tour, which sadly, I couldn’t get tickets for *sad face* – I consoled myself with a few of their most popular tracks, including this favourite. This song will always remind me of the Ross and Rachel break-up in F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
6. Mazzy Star – ‘Fade Into You’
Sitting in an amazing indie pizza place in Reykjavik, this song came on in the background. I’d forgotten that it existed and once again, it touched me to the point of tears. It’s such a soulful, honest track that makes me fall in love with it more every time I hear it.
7. The Velvet Underground – ‘Pale Blue Eyes’
In the same pizza place, this tune was also played – they had a great music playlist going on! It reminded me of one of my favourite films, ‘Adventureland’. Since that trip, I’ve had it practically on repeat before I go to sleep each night.
8. Mayer Hawthorne – ‘Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out’
I finally signed up to NOWTV this week and have been binge-watching Girls and Twin Peaks ever since. This track came up in one of the Girls episodes I was watching so I Shazam’d it to find out what it was. Since then, I’ve been listening to this guy daily. If you like Bruno Mars, you’ll love him.
9. Arctic Monkeys – ‘When The Sun Goes Down’
This classic came on the office stereo the other week and had me going back to the Arctic’s debut studio album. I just wish that they’d hurry up and release new music, I’d love to go see them live again. The last tour of theirs that I attended definitely made my top 5 gigs of all time.
10. Lana Del Rey – ‘Shades Of Cool’
Another office stereo track except this one had me weeping at my desk. I love Lana Del Rey but I still have yet to listen to some of her recent tracks, this being one. It just genuinely touched me and I immediately had to listen to it at least 30 more times after hearing it initially.
What have you been listening to in the past month? Any music playlist recommendations for me?