Hello, Music Fans!
Already we’re at the start of the second week of the second semester and my, hasn’t this past week gone so slow? I’m definitely feeling the post-Christmas blues now!
If you’re struggling to get back into the uni mood, hit play on our ‘Songs of the Week’ playlist below to listen to the songs that have gotten the music team through the difficult first week back!
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‘Til next week,
Music Editor, demon-media.co.uk
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1. ‘The Draw’ – Bastille
Natalie Whitehouse @_natwhitehouse) says: “This fierce new track from Bastille is featured on their compilation album All This Bad Blood, which was released late last year. Showcasing the band’s ‘darker side,’ ‘The Draw’ is typical Bastille, in the sense that it’s laced with synth, alongside stunning vocals from lead singer Dan Smith, and the signature drumming pattern. But there’s a more moody undertone to the track – think ‘Laura Palmer’ – which gives it a different kind of character than other more upbeat hits such as ‘Pompeii’ and ‘Things We Lost In The Fire.’ I really hope that the quartet include more tracks like this on future LPs!”
2. ‘Hometown Glory’ – Adele
Harry Dean (@harrydeansays) says: “I know it’s cliché to say that students miss home, but for me the 2nd year blues have certainly set in! Adele is just a godsend in these situations, as she manages to find the words you’re after when you’re all out. ‘Hometown Glory’ is just one of many examples of her brilliant work, and is by far my favourite song off her first album, 19. Nobody can quite hit the notes and grab the emotion in the same way that she can, and that’s why I’ve been listening to her on my first week back at uni!”
3. ‘Happy’ – Pharrell Williams
Harry says: “In quite the opposite side of emotions, this catchy little tune from Mr Williams is guaranteed to make you get down and groooove! There’s just something about this song that picks me up straight away and makes me want to dance; someone tell me I’m not alone? It’s definitely one of my most played songs this week, and I’m sure my housemates cannot wait for the day that I stop playing it! Well tough luck friends – you’ll have to endure it a little longer!”
Nicola Allen (@NicoClaireAllen) says: “I agree Harry, this is a great pick-up-song for when you’re feeling low, and I’ve certainly had a few lonely dance parties to it!”
4. ‘It Gets Cold’ – Eliza & the Bear
Tom Elliott (@TomElliottUK) says: “Put simply, this is just good indie music. Indie bands seem to be coming out of the woodwork at the moment, and a lot of it is passable at best, but Eliza & the Bear will be joining bands like Bastille at the top of charts with their infectious guitar-pop.”
5. ‘Follow You (feat. Shane Henderson)’ – Thief Club
Tom says: “I fell out of love with pop punk across the last year, as it was starting to get really samey and nothing was quite as good as it used to be. Hit The Lights have been one of my favourite pop punk outfits in recent times, but their latest album (Invicta, released in 2012) saw them step away from the genre and more towards alt-rock. Thief Club sees vocalist Nick Thompson return to pop-punk with a vengeance, and I can’t help but love everything about this song.”
6. ‘Atlas’ – Coldplay
Hollie Copas (@hideholliehide) says: “Elegantly simple and peaceful, this song resonates the opposite of the action that it accompanies in new feature film, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Chris Martin’s caramel-smooth tone carries effortlessly in this track, and he manages to make full-chest notes sound as if he is merely whispering in your ear. It is a beautiful, piano-based song that evokes a dream-like state, and perfectly suits the mysterious element of the Hunger Games film – a fantastic movie that fully deserves the Coldplay collaboration!”
7. ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’ – Drake
Hollie says: “As an on and off fan of Drake for the last couple of years, this song is most definitely my favourite to date. It is the second single on his recently-released, third studio album Nothing Was The Same, and this track in particular seems him stray away from the rap scene that he was previously associated with. It features a timeless and catchy beat that channels a Michael Jackson funk, and Drake opts to use his singing voice as opposed to his rap tones – especially when compared to the song’s fellow single, ‘Started From The Bottom’. This seems a much more mainstream direction for Drake to take, but it has been hugely successful so far. I am a massive fan!”
8. ‘Luna’ – Bombay Bicycle Club
Nicola says: “‘Luna’ is the latest release from folk-rock outfit Bombay Bicycle Club, and is the second single from their forthcoming album So Long, See You Tomorrow (set for release on February 3). Former collaborator Lucy Rose joins the quartet on the track, dousing her sweet-as-sugar vocals onto another upbeat track from the band. Jack Steadman’s raspy vocals make a welcome return to proceedings, adding a delicious vocal line to a catchy musical backline. Incredibly charming and anthemic – especially on the chorus. “
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