This month’s playlist theme is romance, the true and unrequited. I’ve picked songs that are great for daydreaming too and relaxing on a summer’s evening.

Tegan and Sara were my teenage obsession; I listened to their album ‘So Jealous’ every day for a month (definitely obsessive!). They really convey the struggles of youth, love and equality. With clever poetry and mind blowing riffs that bring it all together. They are sharp witted twin sisters from Canada, as well as being consummate musicians they also are very political and promote equality, especially gay rights and being a generally good person.  

Karen O is the lead singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, she is such an energetic performer but I have discovered some really stripped back acoustic tracks which are really beautiful and relaxed. I really admire her (at times) zany personality and her mastery of vocals and lyrics. 

Feist is a singer I would love to see live, she has such a unique voice, so clear and yet rich and soulful. I love all her albums and she is crazy talented on the guitar and keeping her material fresh.

Emily Haines is the lead singer of Metric, on this month’s playlist I have include her solo album ‘Knives Don’t Have Your Back’. It is a hauntingly beautiful album, she is a fantastic and intriguing writer and creates stunning melodies; it makes a really nice contrasted from her usual up-tempo, electro Metric music.

I hope you enjoy the following playlist, we’d love to hear who you are listening to at the moment. 

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1. Soft Shock (acoustic) – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

2. How come you never go there – Feist

3. I won’t be left – Tegan and Sara

4. Doctor Blind – Emily Haines and The Soft Skeleton

5. Pale Blue Eyes – The Velvet Underground

6. Where does the good go – Tegan and Sarah

7. Winning - Emily Haines and The Soft Skeleton

8. Floorplan - Tegan and Sarah

9. Hysteric ( acoustic) - Yeah Yeah Yeahs

10. Collect Call – Metric

11. Katherine Kiss Me – Franz Ferdinand

12. Crown of Love – Arcade of Fire

13. So Sorry – Feist

14. Always See Your Face – Love

15. Lover’s Spit - Broken Society

16. The Only Living Boy in New York – Simon and Garfunkel

17. The Greatest – Cat Power

18. Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright – Bob Dylan

19.Sea if Love – Cat Power 

South Korean director Chan-wook Park has brought us dark thrillers such as Old Boy and Lady Vengence, his new film entitled ‘Stoker’ has just as much mystery and a sinister feel to it. The story begins just after the death of the protagonist’s (India) father. Her uncle Charlie (played by Matthew Goode), a questionable character, then comes to stay with the her and her mother (played by Nicole Kidman).I admittedly have a bit of a crush on Mia Wasikowska who plays the protagonist India, I think she is a fantastic actor and totally believable in everything I’ve seen her in. The film has a very dark feel to it and at points feels very dream like. I found myself playing detective and trying to unravel the strange happenings. Stoker is also beautifully shot and has seamless acting, one to watch. 

Before Midnight is the third part to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, the beautiful and realistic romance story. It is far from a chickflick romance, instead the characters are fully formed, very political and are at times polar opposites to each other. I really loved the first two parts to this trilogy and was very excited for the third. Unfortunately it didn’t quite live up to my expectations, I fell in love with the characters because they presented new perspectives and views on the world, whereas in Before Midnight I felt the script was not as refreshing. That said it has an interesting span of a relationship which you usually do not get to see, from the couple in their early twenties to their early forties, and all the changes that brings. Wonderful acting from both Julie Delpy (who i love) and Ethan Hawke. 

Melancholia is directed by Lars Von Trier, who directs very artistic and complex films. I really loved this film from the beginning, the imagination and special effects are stunning. The story follows two sisters (Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg) who’s relationship is strained due to the increasing depression of Justine (Dunst’s character). This pressure is mirrored in a mysterious new planet that is threatening to collide with the Earth. Lars Von Trier is renowned for really pushing his actors and I feel that this has brought out a new side in Kirsten Dunce, highly recommended if you fancy a film that is a little bit different and dreamy.

What films would you recommend?

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