To celebrate #BBCMusicDay we thought we’d find out what the Humanity Hallows team are listening to at the moment and why.
I am listening to Some Kind of Illness a local band from Farnworth, not far from Bolton, who have a new album titled Awakening and were played on BBC Radio 6 and also James Holt, whose new single Whatever Happened to John is upcoming and is a creative fusion of instruments with a rousing drumbeat. Also, Factory Acts are absolutely brilliant – a dark dance electro duo based in Salford creating political, powerful music right now.
I am currently listening to the new Declan McKenna track Humongous. It is a much more mature sound from someone who I really feel is going to blow up as soon as his album drops in July.
You can read Sam Gosling’s interview with Declan Mckenna himself here.
I’ve got Twice by Little Dragon on repeat, which was playing in a yoga class I went to last night. It’s one of those songs that is so beautiful one listen isn’t enough. It’s also soothing the head ache I woke up with.
Jack Holmes – Deputy Editor in Chief
I’m alternating between the return of Death from Above with Freeze, and the return of Wolf Alice with Yuk Foo. Although the new albums from Lorde, whose singles don’t have me totally sold yet, and Beth Ditto, whose return is sounding great, are both released tomorrow so I have a feeling they’ll be dominating my weekend listening. Still trying to decide if I love or hate the new Alt-J album as well, but overall, not a bad week for music.
I’m listening to Labi Siffre‘s Bless The Telephone and Watch Me. They’re both getting me through writing my dissertation.
Jacqueline Grima – Editor in Chief
I’m listening to Green Day Revolution Radio in celebration of their UK tour. Old Green Day are back!
At the moment I am getting quite into The Doors. I first heard of them through the film Apocalypse Now, where they played the song The End over the intro.
Since then I have listened to their greatest hits selection over and over again. I think the appeal of them is the fact that they have a song that caters for every emotion; some of are uplifting, whereas others quite sombre, and, at times, quite dark.
Whilst listening to The Doors, you can only really recall the lyrics as soundbites. In fact they never really make any sense once you think back. From what I have read, their lead-singer Jim Morrison was something of a poet who had a fascination with Freud. Presumably, then, that’s why lyrics sound like metaphors, rather than story-telling. Regardless, I would rather listen to a visionary creating art – however messed up or incoherent that may be – than listen to something like Ed Sheeran.
Shannon Skye Sumner
I am currently listening to Moaning Lisa Smile by Wolf Alice, an indie rock band which harmoniously combines both grunge and folk in their music. I have been a big fan of theirs for a while and have recently found out they are playing in Manchester at the 02 Apollo on the 9th November, so I’m playing through their album My Love is Cool while writing an essay.
The Horrors recently released their latest single Machine, so I thought I’d revisit some of my favourite material of theirs. I’ve had their album Primary Colours on repeat since and I’m super excited about their comeback!
After a polarising headline performance at last weekends Parklife Festival, Frank Ocean returned to the live stage to remind audiences why he remains one of the enigmatic figures in popular music. I can’t stop listening to Nights, a welcoming addition to his set list that flows seamlessly through Blonde, his hazy, often oblique album that gets better after every listen.
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