This week, I have added an extra song in the music list! You never know, it could end up being your favourite. Enjoy!
“Castle on the Hill” by Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran has been spending the past week working his magic in Melbourne. With that in mind, I thought it would be apt to write about my favourite track from the star. This song is all about thinking about your childhood memories and those who you grew up with. It really is uplifting, innocent and beautiful! The video, which also makes some parallels with Ed’s own youth, has some scenic shots of the English countryside. Having been out of the UK for just over 8 months, I have realised that its as charming as ever, even in the pouring rain! <3
“Tonight The Streets Are Ours” by Richard Hawley
Continuing with the theme of upbeat and uplifting music, “Tonight The Streets Are Ours” is a dreamy love song about the magic of the night. I first heard this song at the end of the famous street-art documentary, “Exit Through the Gift Shop” – which I’d recommend by the way!) – and it is a song I have been loving ever since. Trust me, this song is underrated! The video’s segments include a pigeon causing havoc after getting stuck inside a bedroom…
“Archie, Marry Me” by Alvvays
This brilliant indie pop track is happy, hefty and all kinds of heaven! The combination of the catchy drums, strumming guitars and the lovely voice of Molly Rankin makes for a fun listen. The 2014 song is made to feel really retro, especially with the music video – enjoy!
“Dear God” by Midge Ure
Now let’s go back all the way to 1988 to Ultravox legend Midge Ure, who’s had a brilliant solo career so far. “Dear God” was released as part of his ’88 album Answers to Nothing, which was his first solo album after the demise of Ultravox. It is a track that is truly encompassing of that dreamy, late-eighties new wave sound! If you want to check out some of Midge Ure and Ultravox’s biggest hits orchestrated, then check out my review and round-up of the re-releases here.
“English Rose” by The Jam
The Jam are most famously known for their rowdy mod tracks such as “Town Called Malice” and “Going Underground”, but they also have some beautifully mellow tracks. “English Rose” is a wonderful song about never steering too far from those you love. “English Rose” is only one flower in the gorgeous garden of All Mod Cons, The Jam’s third album, an album musically regarded by NME as light years ahead of their previous work. Another great track from this album? “Down at the Tube Station at Midnight” (ooh oh oooh) (sorry), a track about a young man who gets assaulted by thugs in a tube station on his way home.
“One Day Like This” by Elbow
“One Day Like This” is a truly perfect song. Its blend of strings, rock and gritty vocals make a masterpiece – and you know how much I love that particular combination! Plus, it is a beautiful and uplifting love song. Since its release in 2008, it has become one of Britain’s iconic rock songs. Elbow frontman, Guy Garvey, has noted that it has that “Hey Jude” anthem feel. Hey, there is nothing we enjoy more about anthems than to be able to belt out in a massive group, sometimes in a football stadium or at the pub. With “One Day Like This”, you can’t help but sing along and get carried away!
Hope you enjoyed this week’s music round up! But that’s not all I have for you… Later this week, I will be posting a retrospective on the brilliant Artic Monkeys! I will be taking you through my favourite tracks from the Sheffield icons in preparation for the much-anticipated release of their new album. I really can’t wait! 🙂
Until then, I wish you a great week!
For last week’s post, click here.
From Sophia with Love x