What I'm Listening To

The past couple of weeks have been pretty rough for me, not gonna lie. But, I will persevere! Unfortunately though, this semester is becoming incredibly busy, so you may be seeing a little less of me around these parts. I probably won't be able to post 5 days a week for a while, but I will definitely be putting up new content every week. Follow on Bloglovin to keep up!

Where academe has been beating me down, music has been picking me back up. Seriously y'all, the music world has kind of been killing it lately. Here are three new albums I downloaded recently.

London Grammar, If You Wait- "Wasting my Young Years" was the first song I heard (discovered through Youtube, I believe) and I knew within seconds of hearing her voice that I was going to download this album. It's kind of a mix of Florence and the Machine and Birdy. It's got a lot of the moodiness of Birdy but the power of Florence. Her voice has great body. Plus, this album makes for pretty good background music, so I'm loving listening to it while working.

Lorde, Pure Heroine- Lorde is blowing up right now, so you may have heard the hit "Royals" on an alternative radio station. One of the first things I learned about Lorde is that she's sixteen years old, but her album has an intelligence to it that kind of reminds me of Lana del Rey (not sound wise at all, but content wise). Her songs contrast what song lyrics and television/movies often portray as reality and what her and most people's experience of reality is. In "Team" she says, "We live in cities you'll never see on screen" and "I'm kind of over getting told to throw my hands up in the air." It's a little bit pop music and a little bit something else.

The Neighbourhood, I Love You. [Explicit]- If you haven't heard "Sweater Weather" on the radio yet, I don't know where you've been. Seriously though, I can only imagine that track is going to get more popular as the weather cools. This group has a moodiness and sound that I really dig, and the album is really easy to listen to.

I only need to find two more albums to meet my 24 Before 24 goal of downloading five new albums! What have you been listening to lately?

Yours Truly, Jen


  1. lorde and the neighborhood have been on my listening list too! i've been listening to pure heroine nonstop all week. team is one of my favorite songs of 2013. it's funny that you compare lorde and lana del rey because lorde has spoken out against the content in lana del rey's music, saying it isn't a good model for young girls. we'll actually be talking about lorde/this quite a bit on the podcast this week, so hopefully you'll be able to tune into the convo!

    xo nicole

  2. That is interesting! I haven't really read up on her, I've just seen things here and there. It's funny because Lana del Rey does treat life kind of romantically in songs sometimes and some of her lyrics might not be super feminist (placing a lot of importance on the other partner in relationships) but a lot of her songs deal with the artificiality of celebrity and her music videos strive to present "nontraditional" couples and families, which I appreciate.


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