2019 (so far) in Music

Hellooo! As we’re a little over half way through 2019 (I mean, more like 2/3 of the way through) I thought I’d share what music I’ve been listening to this year! I’m a big fan of indie music and I’m glad that I’ve discovered quite a few new indie artists this year that I love. I often find the music that I listen to to be a good reflection of my emotions and feelings, so in a way these songs sort of capture how I’ve found 2019 so far and hold some great memories.

You can find my playlist on Spotify here if you wish to listen and see how my playlist grows over the rest of the year!

1950 – King Princess

Holy – King Princess

Doesn’t Matter – Christine and the Queens

Look What You Started – Paris Youth Foundation

Jessica – Paris Youth Foundation

Talia – King Princess

Rollercoaster – Bleachers

Don’t Take The Money – Bleachers

Wild Heart – Bleachers

Keeping a Secret – Bleachers

Quarter Past Midnight – Bastille

Timebomb – WALK THE MOON

If Looks Could Kill – Lauren Aquilina

Psycho – Lauren Aquilina

L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. – Noah and the Whale

Kansas City – The Mowgli’s

Retrospect – Vistas

Take Me Back Home – Coasts

Born To Be Yours – Kygo, Imagine Dragons

Joy – Bastille

Wasted – Tiesto, Matthew Koma

Arcade – Duncan Lawrence

Soldi – Mahmood

Friend of a Friend – Lake Malawi

Roi – Bilal Hassani

Eat Your Heart Out – WALK THE MOON

ME! – Taylor Swift, Brendon Urie

Shuffle Song Tag :)

I haven’t done a tag in such a long time (sorry to anyone who’s nominated me, I don’t often have time to do them and keep losing track, but thank you anyway!) but I saw Bethany did the Shuffle Song Tag on her blog, and I was interested to see how my music taste has changed since the last time I did a tag like this.

So the rules are to press the shuffle button on whatever platform you use to listen to music and reveal the first ten songs that come up.

Here are mine:

London – Paris Youth Foundation

Paradise – George Ezra

Hard Times – Paramore

Tiger Teeth – Walk The Moon

Lost in Paris – Tom Misch, GoldLink

Wild Love – James Bay

Mercy – Madame Monsieur

Hell – Eliza and the Bear

Falling – HAIM

Hunger – Florence + The Machine

I feel like my music taste has definitely broadened in the last two years! I still listen to some of the same artists like Walk The Moon and James Bay which will always be amongst my favourites, but I’ve started listening to smaller artists too. 🙂

Hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into my music taste and if you’d like to do this tag too, consider yourself tagged!!

 

 

Music Habits Tag!

Hello! The awesome Ana Regina @ Diversion 3000 tagged me to do the Music Habits Tag, which was created by Sumedha @ The Wordy Habit. I haven’t done a tag in a very long time (sorry to anyone who’s tagged me in anything!) but since I love music, I thought I’d give it a try!

The rules:

  • Tag the creator.
  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Answer all the questions.
  • Tag at least three friends.

Do you download songs or stream on apps like Spotify, Wink?

So mostly I stream music on Spotify or occasionally YouTube. I don’t really download songs as such but if I really like an album I’ll buy the CD then transfer the songs from that into my phone.

What’s your current favourite song?

Oooh I think it would have to be between Cheetah Tongue by The Wombats and Everybody Wants To Be Famous by Superorganism. They’re songs I just keep hearing on the radio lately and consequently end up singing or humming along to subconsciously 😂 Ahh but there’s also Wild Love by James Bay that I’m in love with 😍

Last song you listened to?

According to Spotify, Hard Times by Paramore. I actually really love this song so this is also kind of a current favourite (it’s so hard to just pick one favourite eek!)

Who are your all-time favourite artists?

I have quite a few to be honest, the artists that I’ve been “in to” for quite a long time are Catfish and the Bottlemen, James Bay, Bastille and Walk the Moon but more recently I’ve fallen in love with HAIM. Also anyone who knows me will know how stupidly obsessed with the Bee Gees I am. Then there’s bands like Take That who were the soundtrack to my childhood so y’know, should probably include them too.

Have you been to any concerts?

Yes! My first concert was The 1975 a few years ago. Since then I’ve seen Catfish and the Bottlemen (who were amazing) and I went to Leeds Festival for a day last summer, where I finally got to see Bastille (my baes) amongst other artists including Ratboy, Bear’s Den and Kasabian to name a few (you can read all about it here!). This month I’m going to see Eliza and the Bear and Walk the Moon, both of which I’m very excited about!

Do you play any instruments?

I actually learnt to play the guitar and ukulele in year 8 – my mum and sister taught me. Then I tried to self-taught myself piano for a good few years but it was very hard so I don’t really play piano much anymore. However I still play guitar quite often – I can still remember the chords no matter how long I don’t practice for, ukulele on the other hand, I’ve forgotten the chords. Oops. I would like to learn piano properly one day as it’s such a beautiful instrument.

Do you play your songs on shuffle or choose a playlist?

I usually play a playlist. At the moment I have one called “2018 motivation” that I made at the start of the year with a few songs that help to put me in a positive mindset for the year ahead and I’ve just been adding new songs I like ever since. I never really put all my songs on shuffle as I listen to so many genres it’ll jump from musicals to 80s to indie and I’m never in the mood for all those types of music at the same time!

Name one song that you always skip when it comes up on shuffle.

I don’t think there’s any particular song, because it depends what playlist I have on, but sometimes if an older song comes on by an artist I’ve listened to for years and know all the words to, like James Bay for example, I may skip it because I prefer to listen to their newer stuff. However that doesn’t mean I don’t like to reminisce and listen to older music, I’ve just got to be in the right mood. 

Do you prefer playing songs on a speaker or listening in ear/headphones?

When I’m studying I’ll use a speaker (well…my laptop or radio) because wearing headphones gets in the way but when I travel to and from college in the bus I always listen to music through earphones (don’t think people would appreciate me having a race on the bus 😂).

Are there any popularly liked songs that you don’t like?

Controversial opinion but: I just don’t like Ed Sheeran’s music?? I know everyone is obsessed with his songs but I’m just not a fan of them. Sorry guys.

Where do you usually find new music? Example through shuffle online, recommendations.

Usually through the radio! I spend a lot of time listening to BBC Radio 1 and Capital FM when I’m studying or on the bus, so usually I’ll hear new songs on their and if I like them I’ll add them to my 2018 Spotify playlist. Occasionally Spotify will play a suggested song that I like, but that’s very rare.

Do you like songs based on tunes/beats or lyrics?

Both! Most pop music I like because of the beat – it’s good to (attempt to) dance along to, but I feel like the quality of most current pop song lyrics is declining. Then there are songs I like because the lyrics stand out to me, even just a line but if I feel a connection to the lyrics, I like the song a lot more. For example at the moment I love the line “let’s leave the atmosphere, disappear” in Wild Love by James Bay.

Name one song that you think everyone should listen to.

I would have to say Falling by HAIM. I mean, all of HAIM’s songs are amazing, but this one in particular always motivates me with it’s repetition of “never look back, never give up” (and their voices are so beautiful, you should just listen to them like seriously).

That’s all the questions – I actually really enjoyed answering them and finding out more about my own music habits. 

I’m going to nominate Victoria @ Doodles and Scraps, Jas @ It’s Simply Me Jasmine and Ellie @ The Diary of Ellie

Please don’t feel obligated to do it, and likewise if you’d like to do the tag and haven’t been tagged, please feel free!

Monthly Mixtape: Luminescence

Hello! A little while ago, Eve @ Appletaile and Evi @ Adventuring Through Pages introduced a new monthly feature to the blogging world. They’ve called it “Monthly Mixtape” and I think it such a creative idea to give a “prompt” for each month to inspire fellow bloggers to make playlists. This month’s prompt is “luminescence”. 

The word luminescence makes me think of the feeling of a glow of happiness inside of you that spreads and warms you up a little. But I also feel that luminescence can sometimes be a cool sensation, of sort of lightness and airy-ness, if that makes any sense. Words are not my friend today 😂 Anyway, this is what I’ve tried to convey in my playlist, which you can listen to on Spotify if you so wish.

Who Am I – Vance Joy

Fairytale – Milky Chance

From Eden – Hozier

You Never Knew – HAIM

Lions – Walk the Moon

Forever – HAIM

Budapest – George Ezra

Brother’s Boat – Eliza and the Bear

Feel It Still – Portugal. The Man

It’s a bit of a random mix of songs, and they probably don’t fit together very well, but individually these songs evoke a feeling of luminescence to me. 

Hope you’ve enjoyed and don’t forget to check out Eve’s and Evi’s mixtapes too!

//I went up t’ North; ft. Yorkshire Adventures and Leeds Festival//

Hello! (Excuse my attempt at doing a northern accent in that title) but last Sunday (20th), I traveled up to Yorkshire with my family for a week to stay with my grandparents and I thought I’d document my travels whilst I was there. I’ll take you through day by day, as I started off writing on each day but then got out of the habit of it, so wrote the last few days up on the long drive home.

Sunday

Sunday was such a long day. We had planned to leave early and stop off at Biddulph Grange Gardens in Staffordshire before going to Yorkshire, so we could split up the usual 4 hour journey a bit. However, as there were major roadworks around Birmingham, we got a bit confused, and hit delays and then once we’d actually got into Staffordshire, we got lost and Google maps was our only saviour in helping us actually find the gardens. After almost 4 hours we made it to the gardens, had lunch and looked around. It was actually stunning – the garden was split up into different countries, so there was a Chinese garden, an Italian garden, an Egyptian garden and so on. I managed to take some cool photos of flowers and we got to go inside a pyramid (made of hedges), go through various tunnels and over little bridges and explore Chinese temples.

Photo collage featuring a Chinese temple, a golden bull statue surrounded by flowers, a tree, and Egyptian pyramid made out of a hedge, a stone archway, yellow flowers, red and orange flowers, a stone archway covered in ivy and a lake with ducks
From left to right: Chinese temple, golden bull statue, tree, pyramid, stone archway, yellow.flowers, red and orange flowers, ivy covered archway, lake with water lillies and ducks

Once we’d left the garden, it was supposed to take just under two hours to get to my grandparents in West Yorkshire where we were staying for the week. However there were road closures again that we weren’t aware of and we got stuck in the middle of no where and had to ring them for directions. We thought we may have to make a massive two hour detour and go through Sheffield but we were directed down the ominous sounding Snake Pass, which actually turned out to go through the beautiful Peak District so the scenery was lovely. We went through some little towns in the Peak District too, like Buxton and Glossop, that were just sort of in the middle of nowhere?? It was strange. We also managed to go through Midhopestones and drove along the exact bit of road we watched the Tour de France fly (well…cycle) past in 2014.

Eventually we got there at about 7:30, so we’d spent around 6-7 hours traveling which was pretty exhausting, so it was nice to have e got there at last!

Monday

We were all pretty exhausted from Sunday’s travelling, so we had a relaxing day. We went for a walk around the village (which actually ended up in us walking to the next village because we took a wrong turn) and my sister and I spent the rest of the day doing a jigsaw puzzle, then once we’d done that we started a French murder mystery/escape “game” that I just discovered in the Ça M’intéresse magazine I bought in France! Basically you get clues and have to find the answers throughout the magazine to create mystery words which supposedly join together to make a sentence revealing who killed the mysterious murderee Sovère. We managed to do two out of seven (I think) parts to the “game” – it was really fun although a challenge for us both as I had to read all the French then translate it for my sister, then we’d search for the answers and solve French anagrams. I think I’m definitely going to ask for a French puzzle book for my birthday because it’s such a great way to practice my language skills and I love a good word game.

(Also I was so cold on Monday, I mean I’m pretty sure it wasn’t even that cold out but I think my brain was like “you’re up north, be cold” so I wrapped up warm in a winter jumper and fluffy socks haha).

Tuesday

We got up fairly early today as we were heading off to Manchester for the day. We didn’t actually venture into the city (other than driving round) but visited Quarry Bank Mill in a place called Styal near Manchester airport. We’d been recommended the mill by the relatives we were staying with for the week, as they had visited a couple of times.

On the way there, we drove through long winding roads surrounding by hills, lakes and heather (and of course drystone walls) – it was so great to drive through the Yorkshire countryside with Bastille blasting out the car radio.

The mill itself was set in a little valley with a river running through the heart of it, and the actual land owned by the mill owners was pretty big. At the top of the valley as you entered there was the apprentice house, where children who were taken on by the mill owners from as young as 9 to 18 years slept, ate and attended school (well, the boys did anyway). We did a little guided tour of the apprentice house, which was really cool as our tour guide was dressed up and she took us round the school room, bedroom, treatment room and kitchen, explaining to us what the daily life of the apprentices would be like.

After that we went to look round some greenhouses and a small garden area where again I couldn’t resist practicing my photography.

Then we ventured down into the valley and had a picnic on the mill meadows, next to the river and a hydroelectric dam that looked like a waterfall.

When we actually ventured into the mill itself, it was huge and there was so much to look at. They had running machinery on each floor taking you through the cotton making process, which was very noisy, and the tour guides were so insightful and full of interesting facts.

We also walked through the main gardens of the mill, outside the mill owner’s house, which had lovely flowerbeds, including one replicating the family crest in the stainglass window of the house.

Photo collage including a greenhouse interior, yellow flowers, a tudor cottage surrounded by white flowers, iron gates saying
From left to right: greenhouse, yellow flowers, cottage, iron entrance gates, the mill, classroom, loom machine, flower bed

It was a long day, but Quarry Bank Mill is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area! Especially if you’re interested in finding out about what life for mill workers would have been like in the 1800s. (I should add that both Quarry Bank Mill and Biddulph Grange Gardens are owned by the National Trust).

Wednesday

We were quite tired again from our day out the previous day, but we still wanted to go out and explore so we went in to Holmfirth, which is a little village in the Holme Valley (where Last of the Summer Wine was filmed if anyone knows that old TV series). Holmfirth is one of my favourite places in Yorkshire – it’s so quaint. I hadn’t been in a good few years as we haven’t gone up in summer for a long time (when we go up at Christmas we don’t tend to go on day trips much), so it was the first time since Le Tour de France passed through in 2014 that I’d been there and I was surprised that many shops still had painted bikes outside there shops and in there walls and Tour de France bunting.

We went to a little bakery and bought some cakes for elevenses, had a walk round then drove up to a viewpoint at Holme Moss to eat out cake. The views were amazing!!

Photo collage including shops in Holmfirth with bunting on the walls, views over the peak district through the car window, photos from the Holme Moss viewpoint featuring me and my yellow coat and pretty Yorkshire sunset
From left to right: shops in Holmfirth, views over the Peak District, Holme Moss viewpoint x3 and a Yorkshire sunset

We relaxed for the rest of the day and my mum and I started another puzzle, this time a circular one of the Lowry print “A Lancashire Village”. I love Lowry’s paintings and as he was born in Manchester, he has a lot of paintings of Yorkshire towns and villages which are so interesting to look at.

Thursday 

On Thursday we went out with my grandparents to the Peak District for a hike. We walked part of the Pennine Way and walked around various reservoirs. It was lovely – the hills were covered in beautiful purple heather and there were boats sailing on the reservoirs. We walked around 6 miles in all, which doesn’t sound that far but I’m not the most active of people 😂.

Photo collage including my family walking along a path, a stone wall surrounding the forest, purple heather, sheep in a field, a wooden sign saying
From left to right: my family walking, the forest, heather, sheep!, Pennine Way marker, more sheep and heather, views over the reservoir and some trees

After we got home I was so tired I had to have a nap for a bit.

Friday

I was a bit stressed on Friday because I was supposed to be enrolling at college and getting my timetable and bus pass but as I was 300 miles away from home there was no chance I could go and my friends were telling me the classes have been mixed around. However I still had a great day – we took the train into Huddersfield, the nearby town, which brought back so many memories because I used to go into town with my grandma and sister when we were younger. We looked round some of the markets there and visit the town art gallery where we saw a Yorkshire photographic society exhibition, a Peter Brook exhibition (he paints beautiful Yorkshire landscapes, often featuring his sheep dog), a sculptural exhibition entitled “Reproduction” with artwork made of images of cells and DNA and the permanent exhibition which features two Lowry paintings.

Photo collage featuring canal tow path next to a college, a Lowry painting of Huddersfield, a square next to the train station with fountains, art gallery building, a statue of Harold Wilson with the station in the background, shelves of books at a market stall, DNA painting, another canal tow path
From left to right: canal tow path, a Lowry painting, St George Square, art gallery and library, statue of Harold Wilson, books, DNA artwork, canal again

We also ended up going stationary shopping at Ryman’s as we don’t have one at home and then got lost finding Sainsbury’s, ended up at Tesco’s and got lost trying to find the entrance 😂. We also walked along the canal tow path for a bit too where we were greeted with a “top of the morning to you” from a passing couple.

Saturday

On Saturday my sister and I were going to Leeds festival, which is basically the reason we came up to Yorkshire. We didn’t get up too early as we weren’t planning on getting there until 12:30. We left just after 10:00 to drive up to Leeds and it didn’t take as long as expected so we stopped at a service station in Wetherby for about 45 mins. The service station was packed with people – it was fun to try to spot who was going to the festival and who was going to watch the various football matches that were on that day. I saw several people in Bastille tops so they were definitely going to the festival haha.

The festival itself was absolutely amazing. The atmosphere was brilliant and it felt really well organised. We’d planned out before hand using the very handy Reading and Leeds app (because both the festivals happen on the same weekends but the acts play on different days in each location) all the bands we wanted to see so we know what times they were on and on which stages. The festival site itself was huge, although it was nice and spacious and it didn’t feel too crowded.

When we got there we came across the Alternative Stage (after having our tickets exchanged for wristbands – by the way how long is it acceptable to wear festival wristbands for? Because I’ve still got mine on a week or so later lol) and stumbled upon ‘WifiWars’. We didn’t know what it was but my sister recognised Steve from Go 8 Bit on TV and eventually found out that basically it was a massive video game competition with smartphones. So we logged onto the website and joined the blue team and played various games such as good ol’ snake, penalty shoot out, a sort of adventure game called ‘Dragons Lair’ and a first person shooter game, all with varying success. But we like to think we helped the blue team to victory as when we entered they were losing by about 300 points to the reds and in the end we actually won by 60 points (ish)!! It was really fun, I would definitely do it again.

The first band we wanted to see was The Amazons on the Festival Republic Stage (I should add all the stages except the main stage were in fact very large tents). Although we didn’t know many of their songs, they were still fun to listen to and the crowd was really getting into the music.

Next I think we decided to head over to the BBC Introducing Stage, where we saw Olly Chamberlain, and eat some lunch as it was around 2:00 pm. Olly was actually really good for such a young musician, and I would definitely recommend you check out his music!

I’m struggling to remember the order we saw everything in even though it was a week ago, but I’m pretty sure we went to the Main Stage and saw Rat Boy afterwards. I’d actually seen Rat Boy before in 2015 as they supported The 1975. I can’t really remember much of their music from then, I just remember not being able to hear very clearly as it was an indoor venue and the sound reverberated, distorting the music. Oh and I also remember me and my friend were like a few metres away from them whilst queuing to get in as their tour van pulled up round the back of the venue and they all got out for fans to take photos. However I really, really enjoyed their set at Leeds. It had such a summer-y vibe and watching live music in full sunshine is honestly the best thing ever. I mean, nighttime concerts re great but there’s nothing quite like festivals. Some of their songs I recognised from the radio so could sing along a bit, but all of the songs were jams. Since I’ve come up I’ve been listening to their music all week, which is surprising because I didn’t think I’d like their style of music so much!

After we moved closer to the Main Stage because one of our most anticipated sets was n afterwards. I was so excited to see Circa Waves – their music is the definition of summer! I have their vinyl at home and it’s just so upbeat and cheerful – I love it! I’ve been wanting to see Circa Waves for a few years now, as I couldn’t see them on tour last year 😦 I’d been eagerly watching their sets at Glastonbury and Radio 1’s Big Weekend online over the past couple of years, so finally being able to see them live was amazing! I loved how the crowd was so invested in their set too, and so many people were singing along which was great because none of my friends have even heard of them.

After Circa Waves finished their set I was a bit sad because I honestly didn’t want it to end, but the good thing about festivals is there is always more music to listen to, whereas once a concerts over, it’s really over. I think we went to watch Anne Marie next at the BBC Radio 1/NME Stage. I’m not the biggest fan of Anne Marie’s music, but it was worth going to hear the hits Alarm, Ciao Adios and Rockabye and dance along with the crowds.

I think after that we headed over to the merch stand. Honestly there was so much band merch, not to mention the Leeds merch itself, but we settled on buying a set of Leeds pin badges because we didn’t bring a lot of money with us and are planning on ordering the Leeds t-shirts online when we’ve saved some money.

We went back to the main stage at around 6:30 I think and sat down on the sort of hill that looks down on it and ate some dinner whilst watching Two Door Cinema Club. I didn’t really know much of their music at all, but it was enjoyable to listen to and definitely gave out summer vibes.

When it got to about 7:30 we decided to head closer to the stage and get a good spot because Bastille were on at 7:50. We were both really excited to see Bastille as they’re a band we’ve loved for ages and ages. When they came onto the stage, I couldn’t believe that I was finally watching them perform. The whole set just felt like a dream haha, I didn’t want it to end! Dan was so good at interacting with the crowd (not to mention singing) and the stage set up/background graphics were so cool. I’d definitely recommend you go to see Bastille if you can because they really do know how to put on a show. I had a bit of a sore throat by the end of their set from singing all the words. What was even better was that as they were playing, the sun was setting and it was one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen. It really made the moment more special.

We waited around after their set for the headliners of the day – Kasabian – to come on stage. The background graphics for their set were really cool too, and as it was properly dark by then the stage lighting sort of beamed out into the darkness. In the end we only watched half of their set as the crowd was getting a bit rowdy, but I’m glad I got to hear You’re In Love With A Psycho as it’s one of the few songs of theirs I actually know.

We headed away from the main stage and went to see Bear’s Den in another stage which I’ve completely forgotten the name of…ooops. There wasn’t a huge crowd watching them but it was so nie to watch a more intimate set, and their music was really relaxing and peaceful. After they finished, we made the long (well not that long but it feels long when your legs are like jelly from jumping to music all day) walk back to the car park where our parents were waiting to pick us up.

Photo collage including Bastille on the main stage, Circa Waves on the main stage, a poster with the festival line up, Bastille on the main stage again with red smoke over the crowd, Leeds giant red and yellow sign, Bears Den performing, our wristbands, sunset during Bastille and the camping fields
From left to right: Bastille on the main stage, Circa Waves on the main stage, a poster with the festival line up, Bastille on the main stage again, Leeds giant sign, Bears Den performing, our wristbands, sunset during Bastille and the camping fields

It was a long day, but I had an absolutely amazing time and I’d love to return next year if I can!

Sunday

As you can probably guess, Sunday was a lazy day. I didn’t wake up extremely late because I wanted to make the most of my last day up north. For the majority of the morning (after packing my stuff away), my mum and I powered through the Lowry puzzle because we were barely half-finished but wanted to complete it before going home (it was such a difficult puzzle but so worth it). Afterwards we had the (not so) genius idea of trying to turn the puzzle over (because it was a double-sided puzzle) as we wanted to see what the other side looked like. After getting the whole family involved and using various place mats to hold the puzzle together (and a couple of mishaps) we managed it.

We ate lunch outside as it was lovely and sunny – typically all the nice weather arrives on the day you’re leaving. We went for a long walk around the village and neighboring fields in the afternoon as I hadn’t done the usual walk yet that week, and it’s sort of something we always do whilst we’re staying there.

After having dinner, we said our goodbyes and started the long drive home. I was really, really sad to be leaving. I’ve grown so attatched to Yorkshire over the past 10 years that my grandparents have been living there, and I’ve made so many memories there. I felt so relaxed during the holiday it was a shame to come home to the stress of college again. But I definitely made some good memories this time which I will cherish until I can return again.

So, that concludes my adventures in Yorkshire. I’m sorry it’s been such a long post – but it was an action-packed week that I wanted to document here and share with you all. I was hoping to have compiled all my videos from Leeds together to share with you by now, but it’s taking longer than expected as my wifi is so slow it takes half an hour to upload each 1 minute clip to YouTube! So keep an eye out for that in the hopefully near future (I will post about it on here when it is up at last).

I hope you’ve all had a marvelous summer and best wishes to all those venturing back to school in the days to come.

 

 

//lgbtq+ music I’m loving//

So…I missed Pride month 😥 I mean, June was a very busy time for me with exams and university applications and exams and open days and exams, so I didn’t have time to write anything on here for Pride, which I’m sad about but hey ho.

But! I thought I’d share some lgbtq+ artists and songs that I’ve been loving recently (I say recently, but I’ve been listening to them for months). Most of these were recommended to me by awesome blogger friends, and I’m very grateful because I’ve found some artists that I absolutely adore and can’t imagine how I lived without them (*cough cough DOUWE*). Some of these artists I’m not sure what their orientation is, but they have some songs with lgbtq+ themes, so I thought I’d include them anyway.

Anyway, without further or do, here are some of my lgbtq+ music faves!

Hayley Kiyoko // wlw

I have so much love for Hayley Kiyoko, her songs are so…gentle? And pure? I have quite a few favourite tracks of hers, of course Pretty Girl and Girls Like Girls which are probably her most popular (?) but I also really love Cliffs Edge and Grave to Tempo and the whole Citrine EP ❤

Douwe Bob // bisexual

LOOK AT THE DOG (and Douwe of course)

Douwe is my Eurovision bae. He competed for The Netherlands back in 2016, and I fell in love! His music is so relaxing and calming, but also very catchy! I do wish he sung more of his songs in Dutch though, because Dutch sounds so nice when it’s sung, but netherless he is a very talented artist (who has very cute dogs). He Ho of Bi is one of my favourite lgbtq+ songs ever (the title basically translates as heterosexual, homosexual and bisexual – credits to Michelle for introducing this song to me and for sharing my love of Douwe!!), and I’d highly recommend watching the music video if you can to understand the Dutch better (plus it’s so cute). Both his albums Pass It On and Fool Bar are worth a listen too!

Christine and the Queens // pansexual

What a beauty!!

Okay, so this is turning out to be international music faves as well as lgbtq+, so here is some beautiful queer French music to add to the party! I think I first came across Christine and the queens when Tilted was a big it in the UK, but since she came up in my French listening exam (French exams are rad), I decided to check out more of her music, and she definitely doesn’t disappoint! I really love iT which discusses gender and is just generally such a jam!

Ingrid Michaelson // lgbtq+ lyrics

Ingrid Michaelson – Tickets – The Lincoln Theatre – Washington ...

Although I’m unsure of her sexuality, Ingrid Michaelson’s song Girls Chase Boys (chase girls) is such a beautiful song with lgbtq+ themes. The Way I am is also a joy to listen to.

Shura // gay

Shura: Star of hit single Touch explains why she chose music instead ...

Shura!! Her music is so pretty and peaceful – I especially love 2Shy and Tongue Tied, but she has so many other songs that are so relaxing and just generally nice to listen to! (Shout out to Elly for introducing me to her and the next artist a while ago!)

The Internet // lgbtq+ lyrics

The Internet Pictures | MetroLyrics

I’m going to finish of my faves list with The Internet. A lot of there music is quite slow and gentle, which is also very relaxing to listen to. Again I’m not entirely sure of their sexualities, but lead vocalist Syd’s sings Girl beautifully and I just love her voice! Somthing’s Missing is another of their songs which I love.

So, that’s a round up of some of my fave lgbtq+ artists and songs. Of course there a loads more and more well-known artists who represent the lgbtq+ community, but these are the ones that I really love and can really connect with. If you have any more recs or faves, feel free to share them below 🙂

 

//Talk Music To Me Tag: REVEALED//

So a few days ago I did the Talk Music To Me Tag which the awesome L nominated me for. As I said it’s been a few days so I thought now would be a good time to reveal which songs I used!

In total I used 34 different songs (unless I counted wrong which is highly likely).

I tried to include a variety of different artists and bands but because there were SO MANY different artists that I listen to, my mind decided to go blank and I completely forgot about a few (ironic right?) so sorry Douwe Bob and Eliza and the Bear!

You have always worn your flaws upon your sleeve and I have always buried them deep – Flaws, Bastille.

think now’s the time to let it slide – Let It Go, James Bay.

Why should we care for what they’re selling us anyway? – Listen To The Man, George Ezra.

 I was scared of dentists and the dark…I was scared of pretty girls and starting conversations – Riptide, Vance Joy.

stuck in a puddle full of tears and unwise – Down By The River, Milky Chance.

Oh I just had a change of heart – A Change of Heart, The 1975.

So this is what it’s going to be like – You Can Have It All, Kaiser Chiefs.

we live through scars this time and I’ve made up my mind – Scars, James Bay.

Growing up is a heavy leaf to turn – Portugal, WALK THE MOON.

it’s a different kind of danger and my feet are spinning around – Delilah, Florence + The Machine.

but this is your heart, can you feel it? – Laura Palmer, Bastille.

When we were youngsters – Flashed Junk Mind, Milky Chance.

we rode our bikes into the sky. Now we walk against the tide – Hold Back The River, James Bay.

(but) lady, running down to the riptide – Riptide, Vance Joy.

these are the things we lost in the fire, fire, fire – Thing We Lost In The Fire, Bastille.

In eyes not yet created it – Poet, Bastille.

those distant days go flashing by – Hold Back The River, James Bay.

Nothing seems as pretty as the past though – Fluorescent Adolescent, Arctic Monkeys.

I’m waiting ever so patiently for you to snap. Out. Of. It. – Snap Out Of It, Arctic Monkeys.

Christ, I ain’t ever going back to thinking straight… – Twice, Catfish and the Bottlemen.

I don’t think things through – I never get time – 7, Catfish and the Bottlemen.

(but) you got a look in your eyes – Avalanche, WALK THE MOON.

And this is how it starts – Sex, The 1975.

I can feel the draw, I can feel it pulling me back. – The Draw, Bastille.

She’s the tear in my heart – Tear In My Heart, twenty one pilots.

oh, oh, I’m falling. – Ride, twenty one pilots.

Do you know what your doing, doing to me? – Ruby, Kaiser Chiefs.

Been in the dark for weeks and I’ve realised you’re all I need – Need The Sun To Break, James Bay.

I couldn’t get away, if I wanted to, my hands are tied, tied to you. And I don’t mind – Get Away, Circa Waves.

there’s a million combinations and this is one – Listen To Your Head, Kaiser Chiefs.

We’re just different colours – we carry eachother. – Different Colours, WALK THE MOON.

Forget the time because I’m seven hours behind – 7, Catfish and the Bottlemen.

I’ll come around if you ever want to be in love. – If You Ever Want To Be In Love, James Bay.

Anything you need, anytime at all, I want you to call me. – Anything, Catfish and the Bottlemen.

We’ll be talking about your background and how it never left you much – Soundcheck, Catfish and the Bottlemen.

so get out, get out while you still can…and get out while you still can. The world is wide from where you stand – Get Out While You Can, James Bay.

Find a thing that you love, find a thing you understand – My Kind Of Man, Vance Joy.

because you grew up in a small town so you’ll appreciate it more. – Soundcheck, Catfish and the Bottlemen.

So why, why do you go wasting your time on me? – Wasted Time, Vance Joy.

Did you recognise any of these songs? Do you like any of these bands/artists? Let me know in the comments! 🙂