If like me you are a lover of films and music, I have compiled a playlist for you along with some film suggestions of what we've been enjoying recently. This will be a monthly feature, so if you are seeking new entertainment, hopefully you will discover some tips here. The playlist I have prepared for you has a mixture of pop, rock and folk... a mix that will make you feel summery (especially if you are having a rainy summer as we are here in the UK).
1. Lykke Li - Little Bit
2. The Vaccines - All in White
3.Alberta Cross - Low Man
4. Two Gallants - Despite what you've been told
5. Mazzy Star - Into Dust
6. Bedouin Soundclash - Gyasi went Home
7. Lykke Li - Get Some
8. Alberta Cross - Broken Side of Time
9. Two Gallants- The Hand that Held Me Down
10. Woodkid- Brooklyn
11. Lykke Li - Jerome
12. Two Gallants - Steady Rollin'
13. Bedouin Soundclash - When the night feels my song
14. Lykke Li - I follow rivers
15. Alberta Cross - Leave Us and Forgive Us
16. Woodkid - I Love You
17. MAzzy Star - Five string serenade
18. Nouvelle Vague - In a manner of speaking
19. Lykke Li - I know places
Lykke li is a young Swedish singer-songwriter. She successfully blends many generes of music together and each song presented on her albums are different which commands you to listen. Her songs are very stipped back and honest,she does not have to do vocal gynastics to convey emotions, which i like. Her song ‘Possibility’ was written for the 2009 film The Twilight Sage: New Moon. For me she is also a bit of a style icon, she is always effortlessly styled in beautifully draped fabric.
Two Gallants are a indie rock duo from San Francisco, who have performed together since they were twelve years old. They are musicians in the truest sense, the band consists of vocalist and guitarist Adam Stephens and drummer Tyson Vogel although to hear their music it sounds as if it was a five piece band. I have seen them live and the energy was immense, it was also one of the friendliest gigs i’ve been to, as the first notes of 'Steady Rolling' began the audience began to hug each other. At the heart of it all they are romantics and storytellers, using clever poetry which create worldly tales and legends that stay with you.
Woodkid aka Yoann Lemoine is a French music video director, graphic designer and singer-songwriter. Some of his most notable work is Katy Perry’s ‘Teenage Dream' and Lana Del Rey’s ‘Born to Die’. His music can be described as neofolk. I find his voice really rich and soothing, this along with his atmospheric music videos delights all the senses. The video i have included is Woodkid’s first EP: Iron, it is the perfect collaboration musicaly and visually, it has a really powerful feel to it, which made it a perfect feature song for Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed. You may also spot Englsh model Agyness Deyn features in the video.
The Great Gatsby was a film that i was looking forward to for a very long time, mostly because is it my favourite book and i was excited to see what a brilliant director, such as Baz Luhrmann, would do with it. After seeing the trailer however I began to feel that maybe this wasn't going to be the epic tale i had been waiting for. I found the film visually very beautiful and the many lively party scenes made me envious that i wasn't also drinking expensive champagne whilst twirling in a shimmering flapper dress. Although at the end i felt that there was something missing to the film, or rather there was too much. The 1920's look jarred with the modern Jay-Z soundtrack, and all the subtleties of the book were lost to the frivolity. I found Carey Mulligan the most compelling, but felt that an unknown for Gatsby would have been better than having such an iconic actor as Leonard DiCaprio. I would only recommend the film if you want something more visual and you haven’t read the book.
Ruby Sparks, now here is a film that i would recommend. The story follows a lonely novelist Calvin Weir-Fields (Paul Dano) who becomes infatuated with his creation Ruby Sparks (Zoe Kazan). Through his typewriter he makes his protagonist so fully formed, that he one day finds her in his apartment. The film explores the tension between creating your ideal partner and allowing them to be an individual.
If you have listened to or watched any of our suggestions we would love to hear from you. What have you been listening to and seen recently?