First off, so sorry for missing last week’s installment of This Week In New Music. I was absolutely up to my eyeballs and couldn’t find a spare second to write one up! To be honest with you, I’ve barely got a few minutes to write this one but I am so excited about all the new music released yesterday I couldn’t miss this week too. SO without further ado, This Week In New Music aka All My Favourite Artists Released Music The Same Day and I’ve So Much To Listen To It’s Almost Stressful.
Look What You Made Me Do – Taylor Swift (Single)
Alright, two things up front. 1) I’ve been a massive Taylor Swift fan since I was like 10 and she wore cowboy boots and spoke with a Nashville twang. 2) I never like her leading singles (with the exception of Mine). That’s why, although I was so excited to hear new music from her (IT’S BEEN LIKE 3 YEARS), I was half expecting not to like it (couldn’t be worse than We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together though). After hearing it, I am torn. It’s over dramatic and childish (starting to think her team pick this shite to lead with just to cause a stir for the press tbh) but it’s also original and the pre-chorus is a bop and it’s a good track to lead with if she is indeed “rebranding.” Honestly, I adored the nice girl image Taylor had going on but in the last few years I’ve been wishing she’d come out and be a sassy bitch – looks like the media/general public has finally cracked her and it’s coming out now. Whatever direction she’s going in, you know the music will be good. Overall I am just excited to have T Swizzle back in the game and I can not WAIT for her album. If Reputation is missing an “All Too Well” or “Dear John” like 1989 was I will actually flip though.
Feel It Again – Hudson Taylor (Single)
Moving on to other Taylor’s, my two favourite Irish brothers returned yesterday with the first taste of new music since Singing For Strangers back in Janurary ’15. Something I’ve found with Hudson Taylor (and which numerous people have mentioned to me as well), is recently the recorded sound just doesn’t match their actual sound. Generally you’re looking to see if an artist’s live standard matches up to the record, with Hudson Taylor, the live version always surpassed the recording. That’s why I got really emotional listening to this for the first time
I was a bit drunk but that’s besides the point. For the first time since the early EP’s, I feel like the studio version really reflects the sound & energy Harry & Alfie give to every live performance. It might be because I have a group of friends who love their music just as much as me and are just as willing to make an absolute show of themselves at gigs all in the name of a bit of craic, but if you haven’t seen them live before you have to catch them on their tour this autumn/winter. (Just please don’t try for Dolan’s because my best friend is flying over for the weekend and if we don’t get tickets we’ll end up drinking too much wine and crying about boys at home and that’s not a good idea).
Picture This – Picture This (Album)
And finally, the worst kept secret in Ireland: Picture This. The lads from Athy have only been around for about a year and a half, but within that short space of time they’ve just blown up – it’s so deserved though. The last time I saw them was on their run of sold-out shows in the Olympia and they were brilliant with the crowd singing along to every single word. I haven’t had a chance to listen to the album straight through yet but most of the songs are old favourites and it’s so lovely to be able to listen to studio versions. Particular highlights for me would be Dream (there’s just something so lovely about this song isn’t it?), Jane (this song is so simple and pure, gives me goosebumps) & Saviour (absolute BOP). Is there even a point in me rambling on here – let’s be real, you’ve already listened to the album yourself and loved it.
Usually, I just pick out three favourites from the week but there was so much good music released yesterday that I just HAVE to add in some bonus recommendations;
Loved Ones – Flyte (Album) – The debut album from these London lads is seriously worth checking out. I’ve a feeling it will be one of my favourites of the year, I am just absolutely in love with what these guys are doing (which seems to be mixing old styles with current indie/alt styles). Their acoustics/live versions on youtube are fantastic as well (those harmonies are just DELICIOUS). Can’t wait to see them in Dublin (whenever they get around to coming here that is!)
On My Mind (Jorja Smith X Preditah – On My Mind (Single): I just love this chick. Whenever she’s featuring on a song, I know it’s going to be good. Check it out.
Trouble – Kim Hayden: I don’t know who the guy featured on this track is but he’s AMAZING… jk it’s my friend Ben. Go add it to your August playlist (it’s actually a stunning song go on go on go on).
Alright that’s all from me this week, enjoy this beaut from Flyte and if you want to keep up to date with what I am listening to, you can follow my August spotify playlist here x