What I'm Listening To - October 2017*

by - Thursday, October 26, 2017

(*This post is sponsored, but all recommendations and copy are my own. For more information, check out my 'About Me')

Wild Beasts – Punk Drunk & Trembling EP
In the wake of their split, Wild Beasts leave us with one final EP. It doesn’t disappoint – ‘Last Night All My Dreams came True’ fits perfectly with the electronic grit of the Boy King era, while ‘Maze’ feels particularly tear-jerking considering it’s finality. And then there is the title track – birthed of parts of songs that have lingered for over 13 years, it feels like the perfect testament to their creativity.

Alex Lahey - I Love You Like A Brother
Not going to lie, I wish I was best friends with Alex Lahey. Her witty, catchy takes on romance, mental health and self esteem set to pop punk is instantly loveable, perfectly for anybody who's ever felt angsty over that guy or gal who just won't love you back. I love the whole record, but 'Every Day's The Weekend' and 'I Haven't Been Taking Care of Myself' are early standouts. 

Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger In The Alps
Perfect for gentle evenings hiding under blankets away from the Autumn weather, Phoebe Bridgers album is nothing short of beautiful. At times a difficult listen due to it’s stark subject matter, it reveals itself in a very similar way to Bon Iver’s For Emma…fragile, vunerable, but gaining strength in it’s own introspection. Opening track ‘Smoke Signals’ is definitely one of the prettiest tracks I’ve heard all year.

Jhene Aiko – Trip
Having grown her name through featuring on Drake records and a collaborative album with Big Sean, Jhene Aiko’s second studio album is the moment where she really shines. Trip is inspired by the notion of self-growth, designed by Aiko to heighten the psychedelic experience one might go through while inebriated. Even fully sober, it’s certainly a relaxant – tracks like ‘Sativa’ and ‘Overstimulated’ wash over you in waves of smooth RnB, one for fans of the Weeknd, SZA or Bryson Tiller.

Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me
A brave and bold pop record, Demi Lovato undergoes something of a recovery on Tell Me You Love Me. While she still has her demons (as honestly portrayed in the albums accompanying youTube documentary), her personal growth is evident on the likes of Sorry Not Sorry, a full on f-you hit, and Ruin The Friendship, a serious clickbaiter that’ll have you contemplating your feelings towards even your closest of pals.

H.E.R – H.E.R

H.E.R first came to my attention via her stunning cover of Drake’s ‘Jungle’, but she more than stands up on her own. The record is an amalgamation of two previous E.Ps, a long-runner at 21 songs that would well accompany a workout as well as it would a study session. If you're into contemporary RnB ballads, this one will definitely be for you. 

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