Hello, hello! Long time, no see. Or better said, no read (hehe). It feels good to be back after this break. And, just to let you know, from now on, The Weekly Playlist returns to its usual weekly update, so let’s be happy for the new music that is to come! While I was writing the article for the first week of September I decided I can’t just leave last month untouched. Thus, I’m doing a recap which will have two parts since August was so abundant in terms of music. This is the first part (if you couldn’t tell from the title) and the second one will follow tomorrow. Let us begin, then, with some new and awesome songs from last month.
For this Playlist I have prepared three songs, three music videos and three albums that I personally really enjoyed. The list includes names you probably heard of such as Nothing But Thieves, Neon Trees, Avicii, The Script and Halsey, but I also included some up-and-coming artists like grandson, Hey Violet and Tender. So, let the August Edition of The Weekly Playlist begin. Enjoy!
- New songs
grandson – ‘War’
I’m going to start with my personal favourite from this month, ‘War’ by grandson. grandson is a very new artist with only 5 songs, including this one, in his discography so far. Although the number isn’t impressive, grandson makes up for it with the quality of his songs. From the lyrics to the sound, if you’re into rock music you’ll definitely like grandson’s music, so I recommend you to listen to his other songs as well. Another thing I like about him is that he’s a very refreshing figure in the world of music. He’s really something different and I feel like he wants people to focus on his music rather than his person. I’m really looking forward to hearing more from him. He also gets a point for the funny picture with Donald Trump which matches the theme of ‘War’.
Nothing But Thieves – ‘Sorry’
I think Nothing But Thieves are a must-have in your playlists at the moment. Last month they unveiled yet another song ahead of the release of their brand new album Broken Machine. The song is called, you guessed it, ‘I’m Not Made By Design’ and here’s a cool fact about it: it debuted as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on her BBC Radio 1 show. Here’s a really cool live video of the band performing the song.
Neon Trees – ‘Feel Good’
If the songs ‘Everybody Talks’ and ‘Animal’, which are the band’s most popular songs, don’t ring a bell then I’m afraid you missed out when you were younger. Neon Trees have released new music now and then over the past few years but nothing that could live up to the songs from their “golden age”. Even so, I think their current music style still has that feel-good kind of vibe. So, feel good listening to ‘Feel Good’. Haha, what a wordplay!
- New music videos
Halsey – ‘Bad At Love’
Halsey has been featuring on The Weekly Playlist for quite a while and it’s not because I’m a huge fan or anything. It’s because she makes really good music. And good music videos. I know, I sound really unbiased. If you didn’t know, she released a new album in June called hopeless fountain kingdom and ‘Bad At Love’ is the second song from the album to get a music video. Now, the first music video Halsey released was for the song ‘Now or Never’ and if you watch it, you’ll notice there’s a story line that continues in the video for ‘Bad At Love’. I love it when musicians do something like this. I hope the story line will continue in the videos for the other songs on the album.
Hey Violet – ‘Hoodie’
Although Hey Violet has been around since 2008, they gained some popularity only in the past few years. And even so, I still think they deserve more. A few months ago, I featured them in a Weekly Playlist with another music video. And the truth is, I really enjoy watching their music videos. They’re so…colourful. So, here’s their latest one for the song ‘Hoodie’ taken from their album From The Outside which was released back in June.
Macklemore ft. Lil Yachty – ‘Marmelade’
The last music video is from Macklemore and Lil Yachty and, let me tell you, I think it’s awesome! In this video, we see the child versions of both Macklemore and Lil Yachty, hanging out with their friends and doing things that adults would do, like driving or going to party. It was very entertaining and I kept smiling the entire time I was watching it.
- New albums
Avicii – Avīci (01)
When I said August was abundant I really wasn’t kidding. On the 10th August, the gods of music sent to us new music from Avicii! Avīci is a six-track EP featuring artists like Rita Ora, AlunaGeroge and others that you’ll discover if you listen to the EP. I should mention that, although Avicii wasn’t very clear about it, he insinuated that an album is potentially on the way. You can listen here to ‘Friend Of Mine’ which is the first track and you can listen to the other ones on Avicii’s official YouTube Channel.
The Script – Freedom Child
Next on the list are The Script who released in August their fifth album. Not only this, but the album peaked at number 1 on the Official Albums Chart. Well, that’s impressive! And what’s even more impressive is that this is not the first time one of their albums becomes number 1 in the tops. No, this is the fourth time! So, you should give them a try in case you haven’t already.
Tender – Modern Addiction
Finally, for today’s Playlist, I chose a very relaxing album, Modern Addiction by Tender. If you don’t know who Tender are I don’t blame you. In fact, I had no idea they existed before I found their album. They are an electro/pop duo based in London and Modern Addiction is actually their debut album. So, if you want to have some chill time this is the perfect album to listen to.
You have reached the end of part one of The Weekly Playlist, August Edition. Congratulations! You made it! You’re a true hero! Don’t forget to keep an eye open for the second part which will be published tomorrow.