1 . Rex Orange County – New House
I recently got into his music and I don’t know how I missed this absolute gem of a musician! He has a really chilled out vibe, which I am loving at the moment. His music has actually really helped me get through my last assignments as I find it really calming and soothing. I always find it hard to find good music, especially indie music that I can listen to whilst trying to study. I just get into it too much; some music is far too distracting. It isn’t that ROC isn’t interesting enough for me to get distracted, I just find the way his music flows and sounds really comforting, especially when I’m quite stressed. When listening to his music, especially this fantastic track, I feel more enjoyment about life which is always a good thing.
2. Catfish and The Bottlemen – Conversation
One of my all-time favourite bands, whom I was lucky enough to see live back in February, released their third album ‘Balance’ last month and this track was my favourite of the lot. Probably one of the most popular indie bands right now, not just because of Van McCann’s unique and rich voice or the truly incredible sound they manage to create but because their music is so refreshing, especially when it seems that good indie bands are slowly being pushed out in the music scene sometimes. How raw and real the lyrics are to not only their lives but also to their fans is something that resonates so much, especially to me. I have admitted that a lot of Catfish’s songs do sound pretty similar, but somehow, they are still all so different, and all have a slightly different message, which I have to say, not a lot of bands can do these days.
3. Florence and The Machine – Jenny of Oldstones
I have literally had this song on repeat for the past 2 weeks. It was first featured in the second Game of Thrones episode of the final season, sung by the actor Daniel Portman. They released an album with different artists singing songs inspired by the show and this is definitely my favourite. I’ve always been a fan of Florence – her voice is one of the most beautiful singing voices I have heard and I’m sure many agree. This particular song really brings out all of the emotions felt not only by Florence but about the show. As a beautiful, Celtic lullaby, this really demonstrates to me the importance of the relationships in the show, more than anything else. Quite a sad song, but one that will definitely stay in my mind for a long time.