Have you ever just been in a music rut? Where you’ve played the music you love over and over again so it’s a little worn out but no new music really sounds great either? I don’t know about you but I absolutely loathe when this happens. I feel betrayed by myself that nothing sounds good enough to listen to let alone enjoy. Yet that’s what happened to me on and off for past few months. Fortunately, I feel like I’ve finally climbed out of that rut. All it takes is one band, song, or album to really change your outlook on what good music can be. I figured that it was time for me to pass along the bands that opened my eyes (ears?) to falling in love with music all over again.
Moose Blood – Blush
I’ll admit that I put off listening to this band for the longest time because I thought their name was a little ridiculous. What kind of music could come from a band named *Moose Blood*? Clearly I needed to go back to that lesson from grade school to not judge a book by its cover, or in this case a band by its name.
This album though, I wish I could put into words how much I love it. It makes me go through so many different types of emotions. Falling in love, someone betraying that love, feeling like everything is going to be okay, and feeling like I just want to scream these lyrics at the top of my lungs. The melodic guitar riffs, and calming drum beats make this pop punk band from the UK stand out more than your other generic pop punk bands would. Especially in the songs like “Glow.” It reminds me of a crisp autumn day at the end of the summer when it’s just starting to cool off from the intense heat waves of summer. It feels like you’re wrapped in a warm blanket in bed while the world continues spinning around you.
2. Make Out – LANY
While this isn’t the most recent LANY release, it was the first I was exposed to and holds a special place in my heart. If you want feel good indie pop, this band should be your go-to. I was sitting in my friends studio apartment waiting for her while we were getting ready to go see Brand New. She mentioned that she was obsessed with this band because she’d seen them open for Troye Sivan. She played “ILYSB” and I was instantly in love with the vibe the music portrayed. It felt reminiscent of similar acts like The 1975, Bleachers, and maybe even a little bit of Chvrches. The synth 80s sound is in full swing in music lately and I’m so here for it. Sometimes music doesn’t have to be layered in deep meanings and metaphors to be good or enjoyable. The lyrics: “And you need to know that I’m hella obsessed with your face” has got to be one of my favorite lyrics of all time. I’m not ashamed.
3. Blue Neighborhood – Troye Sivan
The more I write the more I realize that this blog is really about what happens when you step out of your musical comfort zone because I never quite expected to be a fan of Troye either. If you don’t know him from his music, you’ve probably seen his friendly face on Youtube. That was one of the main reasons why I was hesitant to give this guy a real chance. Let me tell you though, this album is so good.
Blue Neighborhood has some serious chill, jazz notes, with sweet caramel like vocals to go with it. From “The Quiet” to “Talk me Down” to “Youth” each song really showcases what Troye can do with his voice and music. I fully expect him to completely blow up after seeing him in Austin, Texas at South By Southwest this past March. For an artist he is completely dedicated to not only his craft but his fans as well and it’s refreshing to see that genuinely good side of the industry.
I guess with this post, what I’m saying is that it’s okay to take risks and try out new artists that you don’t necessarily think that you’d like. It’s important to develop that ear for all kinds of music. If you were to take a look at my Spotify playlists you’d probably be surprised that all of them came from the same person. I used to be embarrassed about some of the music I liked but then I realized that it just made me who I am.