August 2020 – we barely knew you! This month has flew by, in my eyes, but the music just keeps coming.
Billie Eilish – My Future
On a previous blog post (here) I spoke a bit about my upmost respect and admiration for Billie Eilish and Finneas; their passion for the music they create, their ability to make you feel ridiculously emotional at a moment’s notice, or to just lose your mind singing along.
Written during the presumptive height of the continuing pandemic, ‘my future’ tells a simple yet fundamental story of being forced to look into oneself, and in return seeing the real you – stripped down to the core, bare to the mirror. The you that is longing to get out, and not care about societal norms. It’s a solemn song to start, but a lo-fi twist will take hold and grip you in for the last stretch. It’s a lovely song.
Corey Taylor – Black Eyes Blue
CMFT is back, and he must be stopped (apparently)! The Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman, after several decades in the music industry, has finally announced that his debut solo album is due for release in October 2020, with two songs already out in the aether.
‘Black Eyes Blue’ is a million worlds away from the themes and styles of the Knotverse, but Stone Sour fans will be more familiar with its melodic clean vocals, sustained high notes, and occasional acoustic guitar. The song is a wholesome, catchy love-themed rock anthem from the Des Moines native. If it’s not your cup of tea, that’s fine – the other new song, ‘CMFT Must Be Stopped’, is a different song entirely
Creeper – Paradise
‘Sex, Death & the Infinite Void’ brought some exciting stylistic genre changes compared to Creeper’s debut outing ‘Eternity, In Your Arms’, and after having being delayed due to the pandemic, the end product as a whole certainly did not disappoint. A stand out from the new album, ‘Paradise’ sounds like something from 1950s American noir romance film, and it’s absolutely fantastic.
Will Gould is such a versatile vocalist, and here we see what I would describe as almost “gothic” tones really play out. Not in a Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ kind of way, but he reminds me very much of Vincent Price’s style and voice – just in a young man from the south of England.
Taylor Swift – Cardigan
Now, hear me out. This entire album, and I can’t believe I am saying this word, ‘slaps’.
Taylor Swift’s surprise 2020 album is a different effort compared to the ‘happy-go-lucky’ ‘Lover’ from 2019. Written, recorded, and released during the pandemic, ‘folklore’ is a throwback to the Taylor Swift of young, but predominantly more indie and folk rock instead of ‘pop princess’.
‘cardigan’ is the first single released from the album, and it’s one of my favourites. It’s a mellow, tender ballad that tells the story of a woman having broken up with her boyfriend, and the ensuing memories that linger afterwards. For those not usually familiar with Taylor Swift, but are fans of slow burning folk rock, and indie vibes, check out the album.
Ward Thomas – Sweet Time
My love of indie rock and pop continues. A single from their upcoming album, ‘Invitation’, Ward Thomas released ‘Sweet Time’ earlier this month. Another relaxing, soothing Summery love themed track, this song just exudes vibes and feelings. To me, it hasn’t got such an emotionally charged story as the above mentioned ‘cardigan’ but this track is far more catchy and upbeat – it needs adding to any Summer driving playlist you have going on in your life.