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Thursday, 13 September 2018

6 songs getting me through the end of summer | Music

The past few weeks my blog posts have felt a little heavy and more personal than usual. The reason for that being I’ve spent a lot of time thinking and reflecting about how I feel, where I stand at this point in my life and processing my emotions. Before they then make their way onto my blog.
I've found a lot of clarity in writing more personal posts but I felt like I needed to take a breather, step back and write a slightly more lighthearted post. This ones in the form of music. 

I’ve been listening to a lot of music lately which sounds silly to say but sometimes I have days where I don’t want to listen to anything at all. I'll work my way through a multitude of songs before deciding I'd rather like to work in silence instead and spend some time alone with my thoughts..we're getting deep again, sorry. But recently I’ve found music really helpful in keeping me motivated and concentrated. I listen a lot when I’m editing photos and working on something creative and it keeps my head in the game. Though that's not to say I don't still procrastinate- usually I'll get distracted by having a little dance in my chair or get up and have a dance around the room if I'm feeling adventurous. Sometimes it's nice to just have as background music, when I'm thinking thinking or trying not to think. 

I’ve become a bit of a playlist connoisseur as late shall we say. I'm always creating these playlists that are always popping up on Jays Spotify account from time-to-time which I have to say always amuses him by the names I very specially like to call them. For example 'WERK IT OUT' which is my workout playlist- which some of the songs feature from in this post along with 'Summer let's go' 'Feel good Fri-yay' and 'Who run the world GRLS' (I have too much time on my hands I know).
At the moment though I listen to one I've named 'GROOVAY' which is where for this post pretty much all of the songs I've included are from. As you can probably tell that's my genre right there at the moment. 
The playlist makes me happy, its something I can have a dance to but it's also not too scared to take it down notch and get a bit sleazy- I know that sounds bad but I'm sucker for something that sounds a bit sleazy, if you know what I mean? (I.e something like Redbone 'Chidish Gambino') 
If you know you know. 

Feel\\ David Moon

You'll hopefully know this song from reading my last post as I spoke about having a connection with the lyrics and how it makes me feel about the summer. If not, not to worry. I actually found the artist David Moon through the lovely Charlotte @theclashingleopard on instagram she had another of his songs (another absolute tune btw) playing on her instagram story and I had to know who it was. He has a real chill-dreamlike-poolside-days feel about his music which is what I adore. His whole aesthetic is especially appealing. I'm really looking forward to hearing more of whats to come from him. 

Partners in Motion\\ Wild Nothing

God I've had this song repeat for the past 2 weeks now. I've been going through an eighties phase which if I'm honest with you isn't really a phase. I've always had a love for the eighties and the sound of it, I've been listening to a lot of old school Tears for Fears, Eurythmics, New Order and Duran Duran that type of thing whilst also listening to a few current bands today and found that actually they have a lot comparisons in sound to some of the songs brought out in the eighties. So I've been branching off and finding a lot of artists who sound quite nostalgic with a synth-washed feel to them. 
The guy who sings on this track sounds a lot like Luke Steele (from empire of the sun) in parts of the track which for me I adore, I really buy into a song if the singer has a unique voice. 
There's so many different elements and track changes in this song that bring it together. It just sounds so summery, carefree and alive. 
It's actually quite hard to explain this song at the moment without just shouting I love it, I love it, just listen but really do, it's a good one. 

House in LA\\ Jungle

Another sun washed song I just cant stop listening to at the moment. I feel like my love for Jungle has ironically, grew like a Jungle. I fell in love with their tracks 'Time' and 'Julia' that I used to always have in my head around my supervisor at work called Julia (obvs) I always had to resist the urge to sing because that would be creepy but anyway. 
Their new EP's I adore I feel like its really stepped up a level for them.  Each and every single one of them I love in their own way but 'House in LA' really takes the lead for me with the lyrics like 'I feel alive in the sunlight (all my fears are in real life)' and 'House in LA, you be the sunshine and it's alright now' they sound divine when awashed with the vocals of Jungle it makes me feel like I want to close my eyes and wake up poolside in LA. 

Counting Down\\ Cut Copy 

Cut Copy are another band I've loved for years. They're kind of one that stick out in my mind for being on of the slightly nerdier, disco-pop esque sounding bands I dipped into during a phase where most of my favourite bands wasn't realising and I was craving something new. I delved in bands like Hot Chip and Yeasayer and found Cut Copy. But I stopped listening as my tastes again shifted. But recently I stumbled across their album released last year and fell in love with them all over again. 
I posted this song on Instagram (if you follow me on there @heldtogetherbypins) so you may of heard it. For me I love the sound of the guitar in it I've always been sucker for the sound a guitar makes in a song that I never know how to describe it without making the sound- as I can't do that on here if you listen from 0.43-0.52 you'll know exactly what I mean. 

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Earrings: Handmade
Shorts: New Look
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Photography by: Jamie O'Toole

Take it to the top\\ Lesiure 

Leisure are another band I've sort of hopped in and out of but they make this sort of groovy (hence being on my GROOVAY' playlist) dancy, upbeat soul like sound to them that is just instantly a mood booster. This ones found it's way into my workout playlist recently for both its beat and sort of vibe that pushes me a little during exercising. But this one really is what it is, its got a great beat and I love the sort of 'animal like noises' playing in the background is that weird to say??

 Feels like summer\Summertime Magic\\ Childish Gambino

 Okay so I couldn't choose between these two so I included them both as they were both released together it's almost like the come as a pair anyway. All I can say is ugh the sound of these, just listen they have such a gorgeous slice of the summer which is probably why I adore them both so much but they just sound so incredibly 'vibey' I'm actually quite sad that they got released so late into the season because these would have been played all summer long. Summertime Magic is another that has gone onto my workout playlist so I have been playing that one a lot recently. They're both in their own way mood lifters, I cant get enough.


Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Why saying goodbye to the summer is always so bittersweet + a recap of the season

I have always been a fond lover of the summer for as long as I can remember which I guess comes from being born a summer baby, that and having warm memories of it over the years.  

Whether it was trips to the beach when I was younger, having 6-week
 stretches of escapism from school or university, falling head over heels for Empire of the Sun in the summer 2009 or simply the freedom that the season allows that's always excited me (and still does).
 I always feel like a part of me became cemented in the season. 

Which is why it always feels bittersweet to say goodbye to.

I found a song recently by an artist called David Moon titled 'Feel' that sums up the season almost weirdly in a way that feels almost like I've been taken and placed into a song. Even down to the entire sound of it but the lyrics resonated the most with me:

"Summer nights to ease my mind and everything is so perfect, wait is worth it can't believe it's been so long." and "I feel better in the summer, better in the summertime"

They describe everything the season makes me feel and think.

Without sounding like a cliche Pinterest quote, the light nights, the warm sunshine on my skin, the sound of the birds in the early dawn and the feel of the sand under my feet are all things that make the summer for me. (Not to say every summer season is like that mind, let’s be honest I’m from the UK so honestly it’s pretty rare we get a good summer.) But I have always felt this attachment that I sort of explains the feeling of always wanting to take a shell or stone home with me from the beach on holiday. The feel of wanting to take a little bit of the summer with me everywhere I go because it's what makes me feel whole.

I don't think I've ever really spoken about my love for the season on my blog before. 
And I guess that's because for a while I got caught up in the blogger stereotype (not that I'm saying we're all the same, oh no) but for a long time I felt this expectation to fit in and pretend my favourite season is in fact autumn. When actually it's a season that initially puts the fear in me.

Towards the end of the summer when talk turns to Halloween, cosy nights, knitwear and pumpkin spice lattes (though I am always partial to one) Summer almost begins to feel like a dirty word. 
Don't get me wrong I do enjoy the colder months once I have reluctantly stepped into them. I am quite the sucker for Christmas and Halloween especially but admittedly it takes me a while to let go of summer, the nights getting darker and the feeling of something coming to an end is a transition I always find difficult, this year even more so.

This summer has been one of my favourites amongst the few other summers I've enjoyed like the summer I mentioned when discovering Empire of the Sun, it was the year I went on holiday and saw the beach at night for the first time and the year my sister married. As well as the first summer I and Jay spent together along with the first time we went on holiday together.

This summer is another I shall cherish for the memories and the mindset. Not to mention the incredible heatwave we were blessed with for a good few weeks and England entering the semi-final of the world cup- which I think is fair to say none of us seen coming.
This season hasn't treated us too badly at all. 

So I thought within this post I'd do a sort of recap of the season to tell you a bit about what I've been up to before drawing a curtain on this season and getting stuck into autumn *sob*


This year we decided to make a decision on either a holiday or a festival being that both wasn't doable. But seeing the lineups for the festivals in the lead up to the summer being a little shall we say a little, okay a LOT disappointing we very quickly decided on a holiday abroad and to tick off one of the destinations I think we only dreamed of visiting.
I mentioned in both Part 1 and Part 2 of our trip to Croatia that it was the best holiday I think I've ever been on and how many memories I will cherish from the trip. I think one of the memories that will never leave my mind is the feeling of stepping out the car on the first day, the heat hitting me and being graced with the most beautiful view that looked like paradise I knew I'd be a holiday I wouldn't be forgetting in a long while. 

Keeping Fit
I started working out before I went away to Croatia simply for myself. I wanted to shape up to feel better about myself physically and mentally and found that it was actually a perfect escape for 20+mins a day that I could enjoy regardless of losing weight or looking a certain way. It made me feel better about my skin, my well being and my mind. So returning back from holiday I admittedly let it slide for a while but I picked it back up again about a week ago and right now it's making me feel a whole load better about myself and honestly it's something I never thought I would enjoy. 

Finishing my degree
Now I know I've been over this what feels like 50x by now but receiving my final grade from university is the reason for many celebrations this summer and receiving a first-class degree is something I never expected in a million years. 


Citadel Festival
Okay so I kind of lied about not doing a festival at all, but what we really meant was we were ruling out doing a camping festival this year. Citadel is a day festival in London that we had never actually been to before. It happened to fall just one day after my birthday with one of my favourite bands that's been at the top of my list to see headlining: Tame Impala so it was pretty much a done deal. 
It happened to fall within the heatwave which meant the day was drenched in gorgeous sunshine and blue sky's which meant my vodka and lemonade went down, even more, a treat. We also saw The Horrors, LUCIA, Honne and Pumarosa. 


Producing the content I WANT 
Safe to say August is the month I've taken to myself to work on the things I want to. So I've been doing a crazy amount of blog shooting, writing and planning, I've started to take my blog into more of a direction I want to take. Talking about the things I want to and not really putting any restrictions on myself. It's actually something I'm going to chat about in a couple of weeks time but for now it feels fulfilling to be doing something for me and hopefully still something (you) are enjoying. But I feel freer in realising I don't have to do things because everyone else is doing them.

Also, I'm planning to relaunch my online zine so I've been doing some planning for that! Which hopefully you'll see if you follow me on Instagram or the zines Instagram! 

And finally, this is I guess is where I leave you summer for now, regardless of my summer state of mind. The darker and colder months are on their way, this is where shits getting real.

Photography by: Jamie O'Toole

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