New Blood

Since January rolled around, I’ve been collecting new music – fresh songs I can dance around my kitchen too and make rhymes up for when I forget the lyrics. While I do love the tracks I’ve accumulated over the years, there is something quite… rejuvenating about new blood. Here are the finds from the past two months:

dodie – Human

I absolutely adore dodie, and had a countdown set for the arrival of her third and latest EP. However, what with hearing a few of the song beforehand – Burned Out, Human, and If I’m Being Honest – I worried there wouldn’t be anything left on the tracklist for me to enjoy.

I couldn’t have been more wrong! Dodie’s Human is an amazing experience – and every song is a complete planet with an entirely unique atmosphere. Monster quickly wormed its way into my heart – I’m not exaggerating when I say I listened to it on repeat for days. The beat, the funky videogame-esque beeps, the lyrics, everything! Monster is definitely one of my favourite songs of all time – and the music video is fantastic too.

Arms Unfolding was such a poignant and powerful song – so simultaneously heartwarming and wrenching. It’s a short song, but I’ve never heard anything else like it. There’s something so whimsical about it that I just can’t put into words.

Not What I Meant is a song I’ll forever be singing out loud. Lewis Watson’s voice matches dodie’s so perfectly – it’s the duet we’ve all been waiting for. The harmonies are so beautiful to listen to – and once again, the lyrics are so powerful and yet, so soft.

Human and If I’m Being Honest are both relatable songs – but they do it so differently. Human hides in the uncanny valley, while If I’m Being Honest sits on a roof and lets everything out. Those descriptions may be bizarre – but once you listen to the songs I’m sure you’ll understand.

You can tell that Burned Out was such a hard song for dodie to express, because she’s selling the fans music about not being able to connect with the fans. That’s a very blunt way of describing the song – the melancholic clarinet and carefully articulated rhymes phrase it better. It’s a bittersweet song – so beautiful and yet so heartbreaking.

She might be my favourite – especially since one of my friends told me the song reminded them of me. While dodie wrote it as a love song, confiding in the lyrics the struggles of loving a girl in private, I also like to think of it as how I sometimes saw people I so badly wanted to befriend. I think an audience should be allowed to bend a song to their own interpretation – as long as we keep the original subject in mind.

Every single song is a masterpiece and I am counting down the days to see dodie live in Toronto!

andrew belle – dive deep

You know that feeling where you sit in a mood and skip all your songs because you can’t find anything you want to listen to? While they’re usually annoying, one brought me a silver lining in the form of Andrew Belle’s Dive Deep album.

I had I Won’t Fight It saved from when I was collecting music from TV soundtracks (the song featured on Pretty Little Liars) and one day, when I was hungry for music and nothing I already owned sufficed, I decided to take a risk and explore an artist I hadn’t before. I utterly loved I Won’t Fight It, so I decided to give one of Belle’s other albums a go – I’d just listen to it once and if I hated it, I’d never listen to it again. I randomly selected Dive Deep and let it play.

It was incredible! The album felt like diving into the pool after a long break from swimming. While all the songs are incredible, my favourite would have to be Horizon, Down, Honey and Milk, You, T R N T and Drought. I can’t even bring myself to skip his songs – they’re not the complete reflection of my music taste, but they certainly encompass the part of me that loves empty horizons and windy days.

On a side note, the cover art is also stunning! The colours are the most accurate visual representation of the music inside.

This album makes me want to go on a road trip in autumn without the orange.

Maggie Rogers – Heard It In A Past Life

Finding Maggie Rogers’ music was a complete fluke. I opened Spotify on my laptop – just so I could carry on with my work and listen to music without constantly switching my focus between devices. A banner at the top of the screen suggested I listened to this new album, so I shrugged and said “why not?”

I implore you. Do what I did. Go listen to Maggie Rogers’ Heard It In A Past Life. Thank me later. The album is so urban and Rogers’ voice is just gorgeous. My album art is so simplistic and yet, it’s exactly how I feel when I listen to the music. My favourite songs are definitely Back In My Body, Retrograde, Fallingwater, and Say It. I haven’t quite memorised the lyrics – but catch me singing along every time one of those bops pop up.

I’m also obsessed with Light On, but here’s a secret: it reminds me of aliens because of this silly joke I read in grade three. I can’t actually remember it word for word, but it was something along the lines of:

“Why did the UFO land on the staircase?”

“The landing lights were on.”

Light On is a brilliant song with such great lyrics. It also reminds me of aliens and that’s okay.

There are countless other new songs I’ve found over the past few months but for now, I’ll leave you with these three albums to listen to! Feel free to leave your new music finds in the comments below and I’ll be sure to check them out: I’m always on the hunt for new blood.

– Chanel

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