21/06/2018

PLAYLIST | SPRING 2018

Don't get mad at me, I know I've spammed Instagram with a shit ton of metal videos when I attended Download Festival Paris. It's only normal that in order to build up for the festival, I mostly spent my time listening to rock/metal jams last season. You'll get through it.

Avenged Sevenfold - Gunslinger


I am not A7X biggest fan, only listened to them for the first time I'd say a year ago but I'm deeply in love with the singer's voice. It sounds like vintage rock bands, I love it. I love the drama in this song.

Good Charlotte - The River ft. M. Shadows, Synyster Gates


Speaking of Avenged Sevenfold's singer - M. Shadows - I love the touch he adds to this already AWESOME Good Charlotte song. I remember when "Good Morning Revival" came out. I went to see Good Charlotte with a classmate at an unplugged gig in a store in Paris. I remember how everyone kept bitching about this album being so different from "old Good Charlotte" (I feel like every band goes through this). Maybe it's because I'm older now, I actually enjoy it.

AFI - Beautiful Thieves


Speaking of albums being trashed by fans: I was one of those who bitched about "Crash Love" when it came out. I mean how could AFI go from "Sing The Sorrow" (this album is carved on my heart) and "DECEMBERUNDERGROUND" to "Crash Love" ? HOW ? But again, I'm older now, and with everything that happened last summer, it feels like I'm getting full circle falling in love with this album now.
Let's talk about that video ! It actually made me laugh SO HARD when I watched it. The straight edge storyline is making me gasp for air ! So clever ! And that Davey Havok smirk... Gosh, I would instantly DIED if Davey did that face in front of me !

Motionless In White - Necessary Evil feat. Jonathan Davis


Found this song on my Spotify specially curated thanks to bots playlist. I loved the industrial notes in the intro and the Marilyn Manson-esque voice. Oh and Jonathan Davis is on it ! I'm sold ! Do not watch the video for the song, it's very not straight edge.

Marilyn Manson - (s)AINT


Speaking of Marilyn Manson whom I had the privilege to see perform at Download Festival Paris... Again do not watch the official video for this song, it's almost unbearable to watch, it is basically porn. But the song is fire.

Picturesque - Monstrous Things


Let's move on from metal to super emo. This Picturesque song is 2000-and-late: it sounds like every emo band in the 00s. Still pretty good tho' ! And the singer looks like Jemima Kirk.

Silverstein - Broken Stars


My 15 yo emo self only listened to Silverstein after my highschool crush asked me to go see them live together. But I declined because I was broke and did not know the band. Thinking about it now, maybe it was a weird way for him to ask me out... Anyway, Spotify thought it was clever to suggest this song and I only loved it after the breakdown. Pretty epic. Hey boy, ask me out again now I have money and I know Silverstein !

Billy Talent - Viking Death March


But Billy Talent we both knew well, unfortunately we never had the opportunity to awkwardly ask each other out to see them live as I only saw them live for the first time at Download Festival Paris. Well "see", not really. I heard their last three songs of their set - including this one and "Red Flag" and "Fallen Leaves" - while queuing to get access to the site. Ô the disappointment... One more excuse to go see them "again".

Trapt - Headstrong


How come I did not knew this song when I was 14 ? It sounds like pretty much everything I was listening to at this time.

Beartooth - The Lines


I was looking forward to be introduced to Beartooth after I took a stupid test online and Beartooth came up as the band that matched my personality the most. So here we are !

Don Broco - Greatness


Broco did it again with another one of those great videos they have all the secrets of ! Nice dance moves to a great song. Also, Rob liked one of my comments on IG but no big deal. (I secretly started planning our wedding years ago, so this is basically him saying "I do" to me).

YONAKA - F.W.T.B.


Amy Valentine always has the best songs in her YouTube videos. This is one of them. I love how she always uses angsty women tracks !

Marmozets - Born Young and Free


Looking up on Deezer for "Play" by Marmozets that Amy Valentine used in one of her videos as well, I found "Born Young and Free" which sounds like a more brutal version of Paramore's "Born For This".

Portishead - Mysterons


But women-lead bands are not always angsty. I re-discovered this song from "Dummy" and oh this 90s gloomy vibe is precious. I can totally picture this scene that was in all movies and tv shows back then of a girl dressed with flared pants, cropped top and platform shoes dancing in slow motion with grungy effects to that song.

Harry Belafonte - Banana Boat Song (Day O)


On the plane to Miami, I watched Beetlejuice for the first time (go ahead and judge me and my goth side) and finally was able to put a name on those super famous songs - with "Jump In The Line" - but never know who is the singer. Still amazed that this is the original track sampled on Lil Wayne's "Six Foot, Seven Foot". Oh gosh, "Jump In The Line" got stuck in my head for days !

Journey - Don't Stop Believin'


So we went to the Irish pub of Naples, FL on St Paddy's day and they kept playing tunes that I only knew because of Glee. Enough to convince me to go on a throwback strike on Spotify.

Tinashe - Joyride


Remember when I said Tinashe should put up to work and stop releasing dumb pop songs and go back to her edgier roots ? Looks like she did it. This song is sending me so far...

Kendrick Lamar feat. SZA - All The Stars


My housemate in London kept playing this song when I was obsessed with the next one. I feel like the house was jamming to this and Kid Cudi's track for a whole month in late March/early April.

Kid Cudi - The Rage


To be completely honest, THIS is actually the song I played most last season. I remember being completely depressed because I was leaving London and exhausted by night shifts at work, and then this song came out when spring was blooming in London and gave me butterflies. I was exploring the streets with this on repeat in my earphones, I was angry but at peace at the same time. That's the soothing effect of Cudder's voice. I missed him, dearly.

Stromae - Défiler


Another artist I dearly missed was Stromae. Thank goodness he is back with his bittersweet music. Soothing.

Orelsan - La Pluie feat. Stromae


Thanks to Deezer, I was ready to enjoy Orelsan's show at We Love Green. I know I'm late at the "La Fête est Finie" listening party but I feel like I discovered "La Pluie" exactly when I needed. When I was bitter for leaving London and Paris weather was all moody. Stromae's creative genius hit me right in the feels again with this song. In regards to Orelsan, I would also recommend checking out "Christophe" but that's very French so maybe foreign folks won't get it.
Regarding the video: I have to admit that I have always been weirdly attracted to Stromae, there is something in his features and his figure that is almost otherwordly. And in this video, it's not Stromae, it is Paul Van Haver, he stripped from all the Stromae apparel and mask and it's just him and just tie me to a chair. Look at his hair, look at his eyes, look at his everything. He is so handsome and attractive. I want to hang out in a flooded supermarket with him as well.

Naive New Beaters - Jersey


Heard that song again for the first time in a long time and I was like "goooosh, I miss the NNBS". Last time I saw them live was like two or three years ago. I saw them I think 4 or 5 times in a year. I love the Naive New Beaters SO MUCH. I think it is the band I've seen live most. So I tweeted about me missing them and they messaged me back. Ô the love !

La Roux - Uptight Downtown


WHERE IS LA ROUX ? We all miss her too !
I love how her songs are perfect for summertime cocktails by the pool (as if). You know what I mean !

A-Trak & Dillon Francis - Money Makin


Thank you Spotify for introducing me to this track and getting me super hyped for summer.

Bloody Beetroots feat. The cool Kids - Awesome


Listening to Bloody Beetroots forgotten jams ten years after I first heard about them. I still have the drumstick I caught first row at Sziget Festival. (PS: do not watch the official music video, it's graphic and violent, in the same kind as Justice's "Stress").

Armelle De Oliveira