It’s strange, isn’t it? The ways in which songs soundtrack our lives, whether its a glazed-eyes shoegaze instrumental or an anti-fascist punk song, songs slip themselves into our streams of life and thought every single day. This week, our Soundtrack is a mix of old and new; of indie-folk, alt-indie, post-hardcore, synths, and everything else you could think of. What’s yours been?
Fleet Foxes – ‘Third Of May/ Ōdaigahara’
“Night ended the fight, but the song remained
And so I headed to the wall
Turned tail to call to the new domain
As if in the sight of sea, you’re suddenly free
But it’s all the same…
Oh, but I can hear you, loud in the center
Aren’t we made to be crowded together, like leaves?”
Reason why it’s the soundtrack of our week: Robin always likes to code his lyrics, referencing ideas and objects to hide the message. Here he is talking about his fellow bandmate Skyler Skjelset and the distancing of their relationship. It’s one of the many highlights on the bands fantastic 3rd album Crack Up, which serves as there most abstract and experimental album to date.
Chosen by Joe Berrisford-Thomas
Tori Kelly – ‘Unbreakable Smile’
“Somebody told me fame is a disease
You start singing the blues when you start seeing the green
But I think it’s all about what you choose
The way you live your life, depends on you
That’s when I realized I wanna make a difference
Change other people’s lives, give hope, even for a moment.”
Reason why it’s our soundtrack of the week: Its a really good, ‘keep going’ song, and it has a lot of meaning to me and is just so good!
Chosen by Kyle Press.
Bloxx – ‘Coke’
“Waking up together on a sunday morning, you turn to me and say you can’t do this anymore,, call me on the phone, say you’re alone, have you got a minute?”
Reason why it’s our soundtrack of the week? Whammy riffs, a mad sing-along chorus, and the feeling this is a track you’d hear over and over on FIFA; Coke is by far one of those tracks you’d play post-night out to jam to and figure out all the shit going on in your life.
Chosen by Jack Press
Brand New – ‘137′
“Let’s all go play Nagasaki, we can all get vaporised, hold my hand lets turn to ash, I’ll see you on the other side'”
Reason why? This is their answer to Nirvana’s ‘Something in The Way’. The guitar mimics the nursery rhyme delivery of its haunting subject matter, making for a bleak, unsettling, beautiful hook. The track builds to an apocalyptic crescendo in what is a standout track on what is quite possibly 2017’s best album.
Chosen by Michael Deas.
Enter Shikari – ‘Gandhi Mate, Gandhi’
“Oh, yabba dabba do one, son
We don’t want your rules
Who you fooling son?
We’ve got all the tools we need to build a whole new system
To correct these flaws “
Reason why? Just throwing your middle finger at the system & saying you had enough, still drives me to just kick ass & be a rebellious teen & also showing how lyrically gifted Shikari are.
Chosen by Hassan Ul-haq
Talking Heads – ‘Once In A Lifetime’
“And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack
And you may find yourself in another part of the world
And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile
And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife
And you may ask yourself
Well…How did I get here?”
Reason why? I moved away from home today, so this week has been stressful, with packing, goodbyes etc. It’s been daunting realising that it was all actually happening, likewise in this song. I’ve always loved this track by Talking Heads, but at the moment it brings my mood up, as I love the jaunty, quirky feel to it. A track that doesn’t get dull after so many years.
Chosen by Leah Bradford-Thom.
Chaos Chaos – ‘Do You Feel It?’
Reason why? It just has a very sad, nostalgic sound to it. I’ve just come back from a great two weeks away working with great people and it makes me look back and think about it all retrospectively. Also comes at a crossroads for me personally post-uni and pre-travelling, so feels very cathartic to listen to. The whole chorus lyrically is strong and has that look back and remember sound to it. Also Rick and Morty songs are always great.
Chosen by Alex Orr.
Radiohead – ‘There There’
“Just ’cause you feel it, doesn’t mean it’s there”
Reason why? It may be only one line or phrase from a whole song, but its simplicity makes it all the more devastatingly powerful. It seems to concisely articulate the pain of realising that a situation can be incredibly real in your mind or from your perspective, but that doesn’t mean it’s definitely happening. This is also a rare song that is incredibly dreary, uninteresting and hard work at first but magically becomes hugely satisfying after a few listens.
Every week, we’ll drop the songs we’ve picked into a playlist that’ll collect all the songs so that we can look back in a year and marvel at our very own year-long soundtrack. Check it out so far: