November’s playlist is quite small.
Mainly because I’ve been listening to Tove Lo a lot and only her EP is on Spotify. Instead, I was given her album and have been listening to it to death.
Seriously, I know all the words. It’s an amazing album. I listen to it on the walk home from dropping the children at school, in the car (turned up loud), whilst I’m cooking, even whilst I’m taking a shower.
I love Tove Lo. She’s my current girl crush. I’m just putting that out there. She might even get her own post at some point, but we’ll see.
Anyway, here is what I’ve been listening to in November, when I wasn’t singing along to Tove Lo.
You should listen to:
1) Tamikrest. Tamikrest are a group of musicians from the Sahara desert, and their music is brilliantly off the wall. The best way I can describe it is as an epic mashup of traditional African music, mixed with electric instruments and all sung in Tamasheq. I heard them on Mary Anne Hobbs’ show on BBC6 Music, really early one Saturday morning and thought it was brilliant.
2) Superfood. I found this lot on one of the new music playlists I subscribe to. It kind of reminds me of the stuff I listened to a few years ago. So for nostalgia alone I am recommending them. Also the video for Moodbomb is trippy and oddly creepy.
3) Maxïmo Park. It’s no secret that Maxïmo Park are probably my favourite band ever. They are the kind of band who feel comfortable to me, like a broken in pair of Vans, or a toasty jumper. I know I can put on Maxïmo Park and all will feel right with the world again. I love the way their music is so layered that every time you listen to them, you’ll hear something new. Anyway, I hadn’t listened to The National Health for yonks. I am not sure I ever did listen to it properly, but a while ago I did, and I came across Wolf Among Men, and instantly loved it.
On a side note, I heard Paul Smith talking on the radio the other week about how he gets inspired for his songs and his poetry, and I fell a bit in love with him. (As if I wasn’t already. Lordy, that man.)
So yeah, Wolf Among Men, by Maxïmo Park. Listen to it. Love it. Then listen to absolutely everything else they have ever recorded. Oh, the emotions you’ll feel.