Music Musings For August

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Now before I go any further I feel I have to confess something. I am not a music fan, shocking I know. I mean don’t get me wrong I have had my brief dalliances with musical soundtracks and enjoy a bit of top 40 when I’m out on the town, but I’ve never been the type of girl that has the pure dedication and perseverance to hunt down the up and comers of new music.

But what with the recent bouts of sunshine I have found myself out and about a lot more, and what is an adventure without a soundtrack? So here are the four songs this week that have been completely dominating my headphones.

Nicki Minaj- Anaconda

This strikes a pretty different tone from the remaining three but after being a big fan of her previous offerings, Minaj doesn’t slow down with her current single. Although it probably seems pretty obvious from the single artwork the video is pretty NSFW but with some strong female messages as well. Aside from my personal admiration for Minaj’s no holds barred approach to the music industry, the song peaks with it’s catchy chorus and its instantly memorable one-liners means it’s one that will feature heavily in my gym and club playlists.

Bastille- Bad News

The first song of their upcoming EP Oblivion, this has left me with high hopes on their new offering matching up to the awesomeness of Bad Blood, which is one of my all time favourite albums. This is definitely a tune that has got me looking forward to the darker days and longer nights of Autumn, with its bass heavy formula and eerie vocals that encapsulate Bastille at their finest. With a simple yet effective video which offers a kaleidoscope of clips intermitted with the lead singer walking down a grimy corridor, it’s places the focus on the song, while making it impossible for you to tear your eyes away.

Taylor Swift- Shake It Off

The fourteen year old in me will forever be loyal to Taylor Swift’s role in helping me to evade the pitfalls of puberty and providing the perfect consoling soundtrack when I didn’t. The fact that I’ve grown up with her means I’ve seen and admired her development from her country roots days to her new single, which she admits is off the album she’s described as “her first documented pop album”. Although her new single certainly isn’t her most lyrically challenging the catchy chorus and feel good video means it’s perfect for chasing away those end of summer blues.

Haim- My Song 5 ft. A$ap Ferg

Although this song was a prominent feature of their 2013 album ” Days are Gone”, this recent release with the new verse from A$ap Ferg is bringing it to prominence in my most played charts again. The erratic beat which seems to lurch through the song and heavy bass creates a sexy presence in the song, making this one of the coolest break up songs ever. This is reflected in the video which spoofs American talk shows such as the like of Jerry Springer, and with guest stars such as Grime, Kesha and Ezra Koening it’s a perfect mix of the mundane and unexpected which perfectly encapsulates Haim’s laid back cool brand of music. It’s a break away from the upbeat Californian melodies they’re perhaps better known for, but with winter on its way and Hail providing the perfect winter look to encapsulate, it’s the perfect song to blast while you walk through the cold and project your inner badass. At least know I will be!

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T In The Park

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So over the weekend I was lucky enough to head along to T in the Park festival in Kinross, Scotland. After heading to Reading Festival in 2012 and having an awesome time I was really excited to give another festival a go, and after seeing the line up I thought I’d give Scotland a whirl.

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On Friday we headed to Charlie XCX who was a pretty good way to kick off the festival then stayed for You Me At Six at my sisters insistence so that we could grab a good spot for Haim who were amazing, hands down one of my festival highlights.

6tag_150714-161559We ended the day with Ellie Goulding and Ed Sheeran and then headed to bed as we’d been up since 5am travelling and weren’t particularly fussed about any of the other headliners.

Saturday was the wettest day with torrential rain for the majority of the day, but that didn’t dampen the crowd at Calvin Harris when Will Smith came out! Definitely added a party atmosphere to the night and with stellar previous performances by Pharrell, Paolo Nutini and Twin Atlantic it was a day of such great music that even the rain couldn’t bring us down.

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Although by Sunday the sun was blazing down which was great to brighten the mood. We were camped out pretty much all day at the main stage to make sure we had the best spot for Arctic Monkeys and it paid off with us spending the majority of the day at the barrier. From Kodaline to Kaiser Chiefs, Bastille, Paul Weller, Jake Bugg and finishing with Arctic Monkeys it was hands down for me the best lineup of the weekend. Although I was sad to miss some bands such as Franz Ferdinand, London Grammar and Tinie Tempah it was completely compensated by the great performances on the main stage. Kaiser Chiefs were one of my highlights of the festival as they completely owned the stage, while Bastille are one of my favourite bands so I was incredibly excited to see them again. Although  the night and the festival was completely owned by Arctic Monkeys who made me go from not being particularly fussed about their music to becoming undeniably obsessed.

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All in all it was a great weekend spent with great friends, weather, food and music. It’s definitely convinced me of the worth of trying different festivals and although the ticket was £200, with me only spending £40 the whole weekend it was way cheaper than a holiday and so much more fun!