December 29, 2013 • Cee • Discussion

  (Thank you to the lovely Sandra of Tea Between Books for this idea.)

THAT’S RIGHT. Music is the topic for today! We are talking a break from talking about books, so I can talk about the music I have been listening to all throughout 2013. What usually attracts me to certain songs or musicians is through the beats and the instruments. I don’t know how to explain (since music is hard for me to talk about), but I feel a pull to it if I am able to dance to it and sing with it. I don’t care if the lyrics are teenage angsty or whatever. I like what I like. :D

Let’s take a look at the type of music I listen to in 2013. Shall we?

BΔSTILLE is an English rock band formed in London in 2010. It began as a solo project by singer-songwriter Dan Smith, who later decided to form a band. The four-piece band consists of members Dan Smith, Chris Wood, William Farquarson and Kyle Simmons. The name of the band derives from Bastille Day – an event that takes place on the same day as Dan Smith’s birthday, July 14.1

Albums: Bad Blood, Other People’s Heartache, Bloody Shirt, Other People’s Heartache Pt. 2

I am OBSESSED with them. They are my favorite band of all time. No musician comes close to how much I love Bastille. Ever since I listened to their mixtapes (in which they remixed and covered various songs) in January, I fell in love. Hopelessly in love. Dan Smith has a very haunting voice when he sings. I love it when I can hear his accent (that’s one of the reasons why I love British musicians ;D). His voice has that lovely echoey quality to it. It creates this kind of dark atmosphere that reminds me a little of Twin Peaks. I don’t know to describe it. I just love it.

Songs I like: Flaws, Pompeii, Laura Palmer, Overjoyed, Icarus, Weight of Living Pt 1, These Streets, Haunt (Demo), Poet, Durban Skies, Sleepsong, Forever Ever (ft. Kate Tempest & Jay Brown), Killer (ft. F*U*G*Z), Sweet Pompeii, Dreams (ft. Gab Aplin)

CHVRCHES is a Scottish synthpop band from Glasgow, formed in 2011. The group consists of Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook, and Martin Doherty. Chvrches came fifth on the BBC’s Sound of 2013 list of the most promising new music talent.1

Album: The Bones of What You Believe

I loovee synthpop music, especially if the singer has a fucking gorgeous voice and Lauren Mayberry has that. I love that softness of her voice in contrast to the busy instruments/beats playing. It fits beautifully.

Songs I like:  The Mother We Share, Tether, By The Throat, Night Sky, You Caught the Light, We Sink

Lorde (aka Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor) is a New Zealand singer-songwriter. Born and raised in New Zealand, she performed in various singing and drama classes as a child, and at the age of thirteen signed with Universal. Yelich-O’Connor adopted her stage name due to her fascination with “royals and aristocracy,” but felt the name Lord was too masculine so added an ‘e’ to make it more feminine.1

Album: The Love Club (EP), Pure Heroine

Yeah, I know Lorde can be pretty insufferable because of the crap that comes out of her mouth during interviews (which I tend to avoid listening or watching), but her music is good. I really like the way each song is sung. It reminds me of Lana Del Rey (who apparently, Lorde was influenced by).

Songs I like: Ribs, Still Sane, 400 Lux, Tennis Court, Bravado, The Love Club

The Neighbourhood is an California alternative-rock band formed in August 2011. The band is composed of vocalist Jesse Rutherford, guitarists Jeremy Freedman and Zach Abels, bassist Mikey Margott, and drummer Bryan Sammis.1

Albums: I’m Sorry…(EP), Thank You (EP), I Love You, The Love Collection (EP)

Of course I will love a song that has “sweater” in it. Even more so that it’s actually sweater weather season! ;D Yes, that’s why I was pulled into The Neighbourhood. And once I listened to their entire album, I enjoyed it immensely. Yeah, the lyrics are a bit simple and teenage-angsty, but I enjoy the way the lead singer sings the songs.

Songs I like:  Let It GoW.D.Y.W.F.M.?, Afraid, Say My Name/Cry Me A River (really amazing), How, Female Robbery

Capital Cities is an American indie pop duo from Los Angeles, California, formed by Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian.1

Album: In a Tidal Wave of Mystery

Their songs are just fun. I can’t help but bounce around when I hear their songs. Anything that can make me dance and uses brass instruments is a thumbs up from me. ALSO, that album cover is everything my heart loves. ANIMALS IN SPACE. (If there was a narwhal, I would’ve keeled over by now. ;D)

Songs I like:  Chartreuse, Chasing You, Patience Gets Us Nowhere Fast, Love Away

Blood Orange (also known as Dev Hynes or Lightspeed Champion) is a British singer, composer, songwriter, producer and author. He has written for artists such as Florence and the Machine, Diana Vickers and The Chemical Brothers.1

Album: Cupid Deluxe

This is an incredibly album. There’s a definite 80’s influence and I really like it! The way the singer delivers each song is beautiful. Dev does a wonderful job at portraying that longing, the pain, and the fear that plagues every human being. I am utterly moved by it.

Songs I like: You’re Not Good Enough, No Right Thing, It Is What It Is, On the Line, Time Will Tell

Beyoncé is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child, and rose to fame in the late 1990s as lead singer of R&B girl-group Destiny’s Childs. She eventually went solo and made a huge career of herself, releasing five albums in the past ten years.1

Album: Beyoncé

DAMN. How could I not listen to her? I know Beyoncé can be extremely problematic (in that she steals from other artists, taking credit of lyrics and dance moves that she had not actually done), but this album, you guys. It totally blew me out of the water. This album is a totally new Beyoncé. It is so raw and honest. Very sexual, but I don’t mind it. I absolutely adore  the different kinds of music/instrumentals/whatever used for each song.

Songs I like: Flawless****, Haunted, Partition, Mine (feat. Drake), XO, Pretty Hurts, Jealous

Arctic Monkeys are an English indie rock band formed in 2002 in High Green, a suburb of Sheffield. The band consists of Alex Turner, Jamie Cook, Nick O’Malley, and Matt Helders.1

I actually started listening to AM a week ago, and I AM OBSESSED. THIS IS ONE OF THEIR BEST ALBUMS EVER. I’ve been a fan of Arctic Monkeys since I was a teenager, but I hadn’t listened to their music since the second album. I’m glad I gave this album a try because I LOVE IT. It’s a solid album. I love that this album has a hip hop influence to it. I adore every song. There is so much energy in each song. It’s kind of dark and thrilling. I was so excited to hear the guitar parts (since it’s been a while since I’ve listened to rock music that you can hear it clearly). It’s a travesty that this album wasn’t nominated for a Grammy.

Songs I like: ALL OF THEM. REALLY.

Have you listened to any of these musicians? If so, do you like them? What’s your favorite song? Do you have any music suggestions for artists similar to these? What does my taste in music say about me? ;D


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10 Responses to “MUSIC TO MY (Y)EAR | 2013”

  1. Arial says:

    I love the (y)ear pun. :)

    I am one of those people who like a lot of different artists, but sometimes only one or two songs from them. Therefore, I like Lorde, Bastille, Capital Cities because I usually hear their stuff on the radio, which is usually when I listen to music most. But, it seems like we have similar tastes, so I know I will be giving some of these other artists a listen.

  2. Brea Johnson says:

    I think we have a fair bit in common. Hands up for Lorde, Bastille, Arctic Monkeys and Beyonce’! This year I’ve also listened to a lot if OneRepublic and Fall Out Boy. Their latest albums have really stepped up for me.
    And your taste in music says you are well rounded and like a bit of everything. (:

  3. Oooh my cousing bought Beyonce’s new album and I heard the songs are AMAZING. Ever since I became a book blogger, my interest in music kind of settled down. I just settle for whatever’s on in the radio. I do love Lorde and Beyonce’s song though. Super catchy!

  4. I’m currently obsessed with Lorde and Bastille myself, great list you got there!

  5. Sweet post! Love the title. Some new bands on here that I’ll have to check out :)

  6. I think it’s great that you did this post, though I must say that we most definitely do not listen to the same music :) that being said I will check everyone out! Have myself a music day :)

  7. Rachel says:

    I love ALL of these musicians, excluding Beyonce. All of these albums were some of my favorites of the year, especially the Arctic Monkeys album. I probably listened to that more than anything else. I also loved Reflektor by Arcade Fire Haim’s music. I could literally go on and on. You have fantastic taste in music :)

  8. Missie says:

    This is a fun post! Great music choices too :)

  9. This is my first time ever coming across Chvrches, Capital Cities and Blood Orange which makes me happy because new music!

    Also, I cannot bring myself to resist listening to alternative music.

    Bastille: Gaaah, I’m currently obsessed with Things We Lost in the Fire after Pompeii and Haunt.

    Lorde: I love Tennis Court and Royals. Love Club is good, too.

    The Neighbourhood: I recently discovered their song Afraid via The Vampire Diaries and wow, I’m floored at how good they sound!

    Beyoncé Knowles: I like Beyoncé okay so I was meh about her latest album but now I want to listen to it a bit.

    Arctic Monkeys: I listened to a couple of their songs and I know I’ll like them. I just need to find the song for me y’know.

    LOVE the blogpost, Cee. Aaand I’ll let you which songs I get addicted to because of it. =D

  10. Kelly says:

    It’s only been recently that I found both CHVRCHES and Blood Orange, who are both fantastic! Lorde and The Neighbourhood both have albums I can put on in the background while I’m blogging and just enjoy every song that comes on. I haven’t given Beyonce much of a listen (blasphemous, I know!) but I really like Pretty Hurts. I haven’t listened to Arctic Monkeys in years, but it sounds like I should give AM a shot!


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