July was a month of festivals I didn’t attend, Glastonbury highlights and a fair share of new releases.
On the 7th July, The 1975 released the stunning video for Somebody Else from their latest album, “I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It”. I did touch on this in my June playlist post, but it was technically released in July! The video is cinematically and artistically applaudable. The opening three minutes, where some suggest you’re meant to play “Ugh!” during it, are filmed as though it’s a black and white silent film, where the only real noise is from an ‘audience’ giving applauds, boos and cheers where deemed necessary. This fades into the main video for the song. Matty Healy (lead singer) takes a central role in the video (which includes subtle nods to the previous videos, photo frames with pictures from the Robbers video etc.) and is seen stumbling, drunk presumably, through an evening. He’s in clubs doing karaoke (singing “me me me”), in car parks (and… er… cars), wandering the streets and even in cafe type places, but they’re all fragmented and somewhat distorted. It’s all focused around him though and everyone, in the end, turns into him (you just have to watch it to understand). It’s as though he’s only causing damage and pain to himself, despite being loved by others. It’s a brilliant and weirdly beautiful video, which many say is part of a trilogy with Robbers and A Change Of Heart.
There have been so many huge festivals this month. From T in the Park to Latitude to Truck, there’s something for everyone! T in the Park saw triumphant headline sets from the likes of The Stone Roses, Calvin Harris and Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Latitude played host to some of the best alternative artists about and saw The Maccabees rise to worthy headliner standard and Truck was the place to be for up and coming bands, such as Blossoms. I’m absolutely gutted to have missed out.
Jamie T tour tickets went on sale in July too. The tour, in support of upcoming album “Trick” (out September 2nd), has sold out dates at The O2 Academy Brixton, as well as dates in Birmingham, Portsmouth and Cardiff. The tour is set to be big and I hope he plays a set bursting with old, sing-along favourites and new material- I can’t wait!
In other news, Haim have cancelled many European and UK festival dates over the summer as they’re at a “critical point of finishing up [the new album] and need to stay close to home until it’s complete”. The sister trio have cancelled dates at festivals such as Reading and Leeds, Way Out West and Electric Picnic. As a Haim fan I felt disappointed by this, but, on the other hand, could understand where they were coming from to an extent. Whilst there’s many an act I can’t wait to see at Reading, I was planning to catch Haim and can’t imagine how awful it must have been if they were one of the main reasons you were going. Nonetheless, I can’t wait to hear the new material they have come out with over the last few years since their 2013 debut album, “Days Are Gone”.
Viola Beach have released their exceptional posthumous self-titled album. The album is brilliant and a huge legacy for the band. It’s an incredible example of the dedication and brilliance of an up and coming band who were just trying to leave an impression in the music world. They’ll no doubt be remembered for far, far more than their tragic deaths. The band reached number one in the UK, too!
The song I’ve had on replay all month is Tame Impala’s “The Less I Know The Better”. The bass line, hilariously quirky, rhyming lyrics and the chilled out, easy listening vibe all have caused it to be on constant repeat everywhere I go. It’s a song I just haven’t got bored of!
There’s been new single releases from The Big Moon (“Silent Movie Susie”), Blaenavon (“Let’s Pray”) and Rat Boy (“GET OVER IT”), all of which are incredibly different to each other and are all great songs respectively.
This month I’ve been listening to a lot of early Mystery Jets songs, Blossoms (especially in the build up to the release of their self-titled album in August), VANT and Izzy Bizu (who I saw at Glastonbury). I’ve also listened to a fair bit of Two Door Cinema Club as we, in the UK, have had a few rare boiling hot days and Two Door Cinema Club are perfect for hot weather (and, of course, in preparation of their Reading and Leeds set next month).
In August there’s the release of Blossom’s self titled debut album to look forward to, as well as more festivals, such as Boardmasters. I will, however, be going to Reading and Leeds festival at the end of the month, so expect many a post about it!
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