You are in quarantine, you have a little or a lot of time to listen to music. But what should you listen to? This crosses my mind several times a day because I listen to a lot of music.
I’m so addicted to music that I made a Last.Fm account in 2007 and I still use it. I love the stats, accumulating scrobbles, etc. I started using it more seriously around 2013. I want to have all the music that I listened to in one place, for posterity (or how long last.fm lasts, hopefully a long time). So if you’re a music fan and want to keep a record of what you listen to, make an account. It’s free, you just pay for certain stats and it’s fairly cheap, but every wallet is different.
Last week until today, these were my most listened to artists.
Many of you might not know Burzum. It is Varg Vikerne’s band. He killed Euronymous who was the frontman of another black metal band, his friend Death committed suicide. He would throw stones at MacDonald’s when they appeared in Norway. They would burn churches, the whole nine yards.
His newest album, however, is not your average black metal album. I don’t even consider it black metal. Someone told me it was dungeon synth. Apparently, that’s a genre. We learn something new every day. It has synths but the vibe is medieval. I advise everyone to listen to it, unless you have a problem with giving that stream money to a homicidal white supremacist, which is ok. Personally, I usually choose less problematic artists to listen to but I try not to give into the thought police. It’s an important band, despite the infamous artist behind it. There is no doubt about that. And he does good music. Just be sure that you listen to music from other ethnicities after it, in order to give balance to the universe haha
For many years, I heard people talk about Eno. He is an recording artist, a record producer, a visual artist and a theorist. His albums are absolute ear candy. A true feast for your ears and brain. I’m listening to the “Small Craft On A Milk Sea” album. I’m enjoying it so much. Some songs sound like being outside in a field, like tiny robotic insects, big birds and other animals. It is a true work of art from beginning to end. He is famous in the ambient music community. Sometimes his albums are only a one hour song or a few 20 minute songs, for example. I feel like ambient is just perfect for when we are tired and need to concentrate on something like writing or reading or whatever needs you to not hear words. If you don’t know this genre, try listening to his latest releases.
I discovered Jorja Smith by chance, 3 or 4 years ago. I found her through the Afropunk page and she was fairly unknown. Last year, she blew up. I love “Blue Lights“, “The One“, “Let M3 Down” featuring Stormzy (which is an artist that I also really enjoy) and other songs. If you like good r’n’b, with a classic feel and an iconic voice, try her music. You will not be disappointed.
Ah, Carti. How I love him despite the dumb stuff that he says haha. He usually uses good beats on his songs. My favorite is “Magnolia” and his self-titled album are good. His music is cheerful, half the time he speaks in Aramaic but I’m ok with that. It’s the same with foreign rap, just give me that good beat and work your voice, I’ll listen to it. So yes, this is not a guilty pleasure, I really enjoy his music unironically and proudly. If you’re into fun trap, listen to him.
Guided By Voices
They are an amazing band that is very prolific. They have tons of albums, EPs, singles. I like when we can listen to a lot of albums of one artist. They are an Indie Rock with a cheerful sound. I recommend listening to their early work but you might like their most recent albums. I recommend their entire discography.
I have talked about this band before. They only have one album on Google play Music, which is shame. It’s called “Melanchole“. My favorite song is “I Was All Over Her“. I think that it’s one of my favorite songs in the whole world. It does feel like heartbreak and sadness. But there is, undoubtedly, beauty in it. Sometimes it’s good to mourn people who aren’t in our lives anymore. It’s like sitting with them again, savoring memories of good times. This is a good album to do that.
Oh, Morrisey. What have you done? The Smiths was a great band, you have a great voice but, man, what the hell? Honestly, don’t listen to his new album. His first song is abhorrent. The lyrics go, at one point”if you feel like killing yourself, just kill yourself”. How insensitive can you be to write such stupid BS. I listened to the rest of the album, tried not to listen to the lyrics and it was meh. If you are into cancelling people, cancel this guy (personally because collectively he has been cancelled for a long time). If you don’t care about that, that’s ok. I don’t care much about it either. If you have to listen to him, just listen to The Smiths. The other members must profit from it as well, so yeah, it’s a little better. They also have a better catalog than Morrissey, imo.
A friend of mine suggested me a song by this band. I liked it a lot. The song’s name is “Healthier Folk” and the album is called “Dried Food“. Listen to that song and try the album if you enjoy it. I think it’s a fun band with an interesting sound.
From this list of albums, I only don’t recommend Morrissey’s newest album. All others are good.
That Rush album is iconic, they were almost dropped from their label before it was released. They were inspired and made a classic album, with fewer songs than usual. It starts with a twenty-minute song that is AMAZING. Truly remarkable. A trip into space, into other lands.
Wrong way up is a very good album by Brian Eno. It’s not ambient but it’s still electronic music. I highly recommend it. Some people like all his work, others just the earliest works, etc. It depends. You be the judge.
I removed the second most listened song because it was just a binaural beats track that I listen to sometimes and I feel like it doesn’t matter.
On #1 is “The One” by Jorja Smith. It has a powerful and somewhat dramatic intro. Her voice will absolutely captivate you and then it turns into a mellow and warm song with plenty of percussion, a piano and other instruments. Great song to relax to.
On #2 is “Let Me Down“. Add a piano to a powerful voice and sad lyrics, you will have the ultimate tear jerker. This song is like that, I cried to it many times and will cry again many times more. This is a great song to cry to haha. The piano instrumental is stunning. Overall an amazing song that, in my opinion, most people would like if they listened to it.
On #4 is “Cut” by Bones. This song is so short and sad. It’s just brilliant. I like the beat, the lyrics. Bones is a good rapper and singer. In this song, he chose to sing it. One of my all-time favorite songs.
#5 is “Road To Hel” by Burzum. One of the songs from his newest album that I liked the most. Very hypnotic and powerful. Perfect for listening in the quiet of the night.
#6 is not a song but I let it stay there because it’s music related. It is a documentary about black metal, featuring the Death, Varg and Euronymous drama, and members from some of the bands, including Varg Vikernes. It’s a very interesting documentary and I highly recommend it.
This is it for this week. I’ll make more music posts soon.
I hope you enjoy my recommendations. Take care.