April… a time of busy days, worries piling up in the back of my mind and the need for periods of total relaxation. Music helped me unwind a lot this month and kept me calm, centered and grounded; Even through extremely stressful situations.
What made my down time even more enjoyable this month was the fact that so many artists I love had released new music. It made me look forward to my evenings in particular, where I could sit out on my patio with a glass of wine and listen to and enjoy the latest album releases. Sometimes it’s nice to simply… listen and think.
☀︎ What was your April like? What is a song or artist you can’t get enough of at the moment? Let me know! (on the lookout for some new music for my May playlist) ☀︎
APRIL 20 PLAYLIST
Save Your Tears – The Weeknd
Until I Bleed Out – The Weeknd
24.19 – Childish Gambino
53.49 – Childish Gambino
Lauren – Men I Trust
Potions – Day Wave
I’m Glad – Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
Butterfly – Crazy Town
Starry Eyed Surprise – Paul Oakenfold, Shifty Shellshock, Crazy Town
Shakin’ All Over – Johnny Kidd & The Pirates
FEEL . – Kendrick Lamar
Would You? – Richard Swift
Sparkly Eyes – Quelle Rox
Fade Away Gently – The Buttertones
Bebop – The Buttertones
Dear April (Side A – Acoustic) – Frank Ocean
Gimme Love – Joji
Brooklyn Bridge To Chorus – The Strokes
Eternal Summer – The Strokes
Meaning – Ceramic Animal
53.49 by Childish Gambino
It was hard to choose a favourite from Gambino’s new album but for me, it’s always been between 53.49 and 24.19. The reason why I decided to highlight 53.49 is because of the feelings it evoked when I first listened. I have been listening to Childish Gambino for years now… the first album of his I ever heard was Camp. 53.49 takes the Gambino I got to know in Camp and draws a continuous line up to the Gambino we all know and love today. With 53.49, he brings back the rawness and energy that drew so many of us to him back in the day and combines it with his newly evolved style. It is an homage to his past, present and future.
Lauren by Men I Trust
Ah, how I love and hate the Youtube algorithm (our Facebook status would read it’s complicated). On one hand, I get the most random video suggestions ever, on the other I get gems like this song. Lauren is SUCH a vibe. There’s really no other way to put it. It’s just a vibey ass song and I am all here for it.
FEEL. by Kendrick Lamar
This may be one of the most underrated Kendrick Lamar songs out there. FEEL. is a masterpiece of introspective hip hop, it is a personal reflection on his surroundings, society and the role he plays within it.
I feel like friends been overrated
I feel like the family been fakin’
I feel like the feelings are changin’
Feel like my daughter compromised and jaded
Feel like you wanna scrutinize how I made it
Feel like I ain’t feelin’ you all
Feel like removin’ myself, no feelings involved
I feel for you, I’ve been in the field for you
It’s real for you, right? Shit, I feel like-
Would you? by Richard Swift
My Richard Swift obsession continues. Would You? might just be my favourite song of his. It has such a classic sound to it, very reminiscent of the mid to late 60s, maybe even the early 70s. I certainly wouldn’t have guessed that this was released in 2008 when I first heard it!
Dear April (Side A – Acoustic) by Frank Ocean
If I had to describe my relationship with Frank’s music, I would definitely say “we go through phases”. I will not listen to him for two or three months and then rediscover everything all over again. So when Dear April dropped, I was catapulted into yet another beautiful, nostalgic, hits-me-right-in-the-feels re-discovery period. Dear April was my best friend during slow mornings and late-night thoughts this month.
You can take two strangers
Lead them left and right
At a certain place and time
Like you took these strangers
And our two strange lives
And made us new