Hope you’re all enjoying the bank holiday! I’ve had a fairly productive weekend so far – sorting through my boxes, going to the gym and writing this blog post – and tomorrow I’m going to the Dior exhibition at the V&A, which should be fun! I also caught up on Riverdale and Switched at Birth (I’m only on the final season!) and finally got round to watching Romeo + Juliet (how young do Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio look?!)
As it’s the beginning of a new month, I thought I’d share some of the songs I enjoyed last month.
Olivia O’Brien, who I first heard of a few years ago when ‘i hate u, i love u’ was released but only properly started listening to last year, brought out her first album ‘Was It Even Real?’ in April. It features some of Olivia’s most well-known songs like ‘I Don’t Exist’ and ‘UDK’, as well as newer tracks ‘purpleworld’, ‘Inhibition (omw)’ and ‘Call Me!!!’. I love all the songs on ‘Was It Even Real?’ (especially ‘Love Myself’ and ‘I Don’t Exist’), and I’d say that it’s one of my most favourite albums released so far this year, along with Avril Lavigne’s ‘Head Above Water’ and Kehlani’s ‘While We Wait’.
I also enjoyed Marina’s new album ‘Love + Fear’ and Dinah Jane’s first EP ‘Dinah Jane 1’. I wasn’t expecting to like ‘Dinah Jane 1’ as I wasn’t too keen on ‘Bottled Up’ and ‘Retrograde’ (they’re a bit too generic), but I was pleasantly surprised by ‘Heard It All Before’, ‘Pass Me By’ and ‘Fix It’. I’ve had all three songs on repeat since they were released a couple of weeks ago. I love the old-school R&B vibe the songs have.
Of course I had to include Beyonce and Taylor Swift’s new songs in my April playlist! I’m sure some of you have watched Beyonce’s documentary Homecoming on Netflix (I personally haven’t, but it’s on my list), and are aware that she released a joint 40-track album. She somehow managed to sneak a new song onto it and it’s SO good! After all the cryptic pics Taylor Swift posted on Instagram, everyone was buzzing about her next era. Last week she released ‘Me!’, a collaboration with Brendon Urie. While ‘Me!’ isn’t amazing, it’s still catchy and the video is worth a watch (I mean, it doesn’t have over 141 MILLION views for no reason!!).
Other songs I discovered in April include ‘Cool’ (Jonas Brothers), ‘Sunday’ (Jessica Mauboy), ‘Doom Days’ (Bastille) and ‘Red Ribbon’ (Madilyn Bailey).
What songs would be on your playlist for April? Have you discovered any new artists recently? I’d love to hear your recommendations!