Last week the sun made another rare appearance in the British skies, and what a coy beast it can be. However, it is reportedly making yet another comeback later this month with a heatwave on the cards.
Sadly, this increased sunshine does scare the shit out of me in terms of climate change *thinks of this meme* So as well as making me want to crack open a can of Red Stripe and lay down on a grassy field, it also makes me want to frantically storm Tesco and boycott it’s excessive plastic packaging.
More on saving the world later, as believe me I do not overlook its importance.
Nevertheless, today is about music, sweet sweet music.
And rest assured that as soon as I can feel the sun beaming down on me, there’s a handful of albums I head to on Spotify, pretty much on autopilot mode.
Yes a lot of them are indie lads in sunglasses with acoustic guitars most likely holding cans of Stella, but I promise you each of my picks will put you straight in the mood for a spot of people watching in the park.
The Kooks – Junk of the Heart
For me, it is twelve tracks of pure nostalgia. The Kooks soundtracked most twenty-something year olds youth, whether they liked it or not. This 2012 offering came out when I was 16 and really starting to immerse myself in music, or more realistically in the NME collage I was constructing on my bedroom wall – the Katy Perry posters and Taylor Swift Fearless lyrics had been ceremoniously tore down two years prior. Two seconds into the album opener and I’m sat on the Go North East bus once more, headphones in and exasperated from the lack of air conditioning.
Stand out tracks from this sunshine-soaked album for the brighter days are ‘Killing Me’, ‘Eskimo Kiss’ and ‘Petulia.’
Tame Impala – Lonerism
Nothing says summer quite like psychedelia. Tame Impala’s sophomore album hits just the right spot, as do all their albums to be fair, Kevin Parker is indisputably a musical genius.
This album features the massive hits ‘Elephant’ and ‘Feels like we only go backwards’, but I would also highly recommend tracks ‘Apocalypse Dreams’ and ‘Music to Walk Home By.’
Haim – Something to tell you
My favourite females second album is the perfect ear candy for a sunny day. Conjuring images of heartbreak and lust in the California sunshine, all whilst dressed in a pair of fabulous 70’s orange-tinted shades and blue denim flares.
Seeing Haim at Alexandra’s Palace last year was truly my favourite gig of all time, and hearing tracks from this album live made it truly electric.
Stand out tracks come in the form of title track ‘Something to tell you’, ‘Found it in Silence’ and for me the emotional delight that is ‘Night so Long.’
Arctic Monkeys – Suck it and See
The Monkeys are undoubtedly my favourite band of all time; for musicality, memories and the feeling it gives me each time Alex Turner’s velvety smooth vocals trickle into my ears. ‘Suck it and See’ is inevitably not their best album, nor my personal favourite of theirs (my fave is the heavier and darker ‘Humbug’) but if sunshine was sonic I’m pretty sure it would sound like half of this album.
For a quick dose of summer euphoria pop on ‘Reckless Serenade’ ‘Hellcat Spangled Shalalala’ or ‘Love is a Laserquest.’
MØ – Forever Neverland
Now for something wholly different genre-wise, danish singer songwriter MØ’s second studio album dropped back in October of last year. I liked it from the first listen, but it has truly been a grower for me. At the end of 2018, I would’ve named it as one of my faves of the year.
‘Forever Neverland’ is an incredible body of work, blending dance and electronica with dreamy pop.
Not to mention the fact that I could probably never get enough of MØ’s deliciously raspy voice.
Tracks to press play on when the glorious weather hits include ‘Purple like the Summer Rain’, ‘Nostalgia’ and ‘Sun in our Eyes.’
If you guys have any recommendations please send them over, as most of my go-to picks for this time of year are nostalgia based and it would be great to discover some new artists.
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