Albums Through August

8 Sept 2016

It's no secret that I'm a big music fan. I find it easier to spend money on gig tickets, CDs and vinyls (yes, I'm still old school) than on anything else. So each month, I'm thinking about doing a post telling you all about the albums or artists that I loved throughout the month before. I can promise you that they'll always be a right mix, as you can see from the image above! August was a crazy month for me. I did a lot of trying to put my life in order, and there was countless stressful moments. But this was broken apart by some really great trips and really great news. Lets talk about what I was listening to throughout it all.

Some Game of Thrones fans might already know who this is, or they might have absolutely no clue. Raleigh Ritchie (or Jacob Anderson) is actually Grey Worm from GoT, and he is an incredible artist, not only in his performing, but also in his singing and writing. I would probably describe his style as mainly pop, but Wikipedia describes his genre as 'alternative R&B' and 'trip hop'. Either way, it's not something that I would've normally gone for, but after finding out that Grey Worm could sing, I was curious. And my god, can he sing! I never find myself getting bored of this album, as each of the songs are so different from each other that it really is just a feast for the ears. You can hear influences from jazz, soul and classic rock, with emotional lyrics about adult identity, losing connections and love. You may have heard his music before, as his song, Stronger Than Ever, has been used on countless TV adverts and was played quite a lot on Radio 1 when it was first released. But this whole album was a firm favourite for me in August, and it probably will be for years to come!
For fans of: Jack Garrett + Banks.
Listen to: Stronger Than Ever, Never Better, I Can Change + The Last Romance

I realise that this album is about 7 years old, but this is my all time favourite Biffy Clyro album. As J and I were heading to Leeds Festival on the 26th of August, we decided to listen to as much Biffy Clyro as possible to get us excited. But everytime, I would just go back to this album, and I think it's because it was released in 2009, when I was still in school, so it holds so many memories for me. It was also when I first fell in love with Simon Neil's beautiful Scottish accent, but we won't delve into that too much. I'm 110% certain that this album has plenty of songs on it that everyone is familiar with, whether it's your cup of tea or not. This is a pretty alternative rock album, with hints of experimental and tons of amazing riffs. Of course, there are much softer songs, like Many Of Horror, which I'm sure you're all familiar with, but overall, this is definitely an album for rock lovers.
For fans of: Foals + Arcane Roots
Listen to: The Captain, Booooom Blast and Ruin + God & Satan

I have loved P!ATD since I was about 13, and raved about each of their albums, until they brought out that Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die album. For me, that was the point where they started to go downhill, and I would say to myself "they're not going to get any better." But I think that Brendon Urie going solo was one of the best things that could've happened to this band, because this album is so so good. While it's much more commercial than their earlier stuff, Brendon is moving with the times and experimenting with more electronic sounds while still incorporating rock and jazz influences. Honestly, it's amazing. There are songs to make you feel sassy, songs that you just can't help singing along to, and smooth, soulful songs. In my opinion, it sounds a lot like Vices & Virtues with hints of A Fever You Can't Sweat Out. It's theatrical and dramatic with those falsetto vocals that we all know and love.
For fans of: Fall Out Boy, Paramore + All Time Low
Listen to: Hallelujah, Death Of A Bachelor, Golden Days + Impossible Year

Honourable Mentions
Of course, I didn't just listen to three albums through the whole month. I also listened to a fair amount of Newton Faulkner - Hand Built By Robots, which got me through a lot of lonely days working from home. 
I had Frank Turner - Positive Songs For Negative People playing in the car for a little while, and that helped me to feel a lot better about the stress I was feeling, the song Glorious You in particular.
And last, but certainly not least, was Alt-J - This Is All Yours, which has been my go-to chill out album since it was first released.

I'd love to know what you've been listening to lately! Maybe you've got some great artists that I should check out, or maybe you absolutely can't stand someone that I've been listening to. Let me know!

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