I haven’t posted a ‘Tracks I’m Loving’ for quite a while, and that is because the majority of what I’ve been listening to hasn’t been a mix of singles, but rather entire albums.
A friend of mine once asked me, how many people will hear something nowadays and think ‘oh yeah this is the tits!’ and listen to it for six months?
Well… *slowly raises hand – guilty!
From October through to mid February I was constantly listening to Cinematics by orchestral pop/rockers Set It Off, with some Demi Lovato thrown in there. Then, from late Feb up until a few weeks ago I was addicted to You Me At Six’s newest offering Cavalier Youth, and – since seeing them live in Brixton – pop/punk four piece All Time Low have been the soundtrack to my morning (and evening) commute.
So, I thought I may as well just do an album review of Cavalier Youth at a later date, being that I’ve talked about Set It Off and All Time Low in previous posts.
With that being said, there are two tracks that I’ve been spinning a lot these last few weeks that I couldn’t not include:
Paramore – Still Into You
So, admittedly I’m a little bit late to the party with this one, but I’m really glad that I finally gave it a listen.
Initially I shied away from Paramore’s more recent music, because when I first heard ‘Now’ – the lead single from their 2013 self titled album – it left a lot to be desired. But I came across this song as I was flicking through music channels one day, and it immediately caught my attention.
It’s a storm of pop/punk party fun that has everything we know and love Paramore for. Hayley’s vocals are on point as always, and the track has a jaunty, playful vibe to it – the music video being a great reflection of that.
All Time Low – Therapy
In Contrast, power ballad Therapy by All Time Low has more of a sombre feel to it. Overflowing with raw emotion, it’s enough to give you chills – I know I get them every time I hear it.
Again, I hadn’t listened to this song ‘properly’ until I saw Alex Gaskarth play it acoustically when I saw All Time Low live in Brixton a few weeks ago, but this particular track elicited such a strong reaction from the crowd that you couldn’t help but be enthralled by it.
The combination of the delicate arrangement and honest, heartfelt lyrics seemed to spark something within the crowd, and the sound of a sell-out audience singing along to the words in unison was nothing short of beautiful. Now whenever I hear it, it takes me back to that moment and the entrancing atmosphere.
It’s a stunning song that, evidently, means something to a lot of people.
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