Sunday, 30 December 2012

sing me a song, your voice is like silver

While I'm nursing a food baby to last me to February(sign of a very good Christmas) I thought I would share some of my favourite artists of 2012 with you all. I have been very lucky seeing some of my favourite musicians this year and have found people who I would LOVE to see next year! Here goes...
What I Listened To:
This year I have been spoilt for musical choice, with new bands and musicians releasing what may be some of my favourite albums, as well as top notch artists producing some crackin' new albums.

Some of my current favourites I was lucky enough to see over the summer at Latitude and End of the Road festival, and in these grey winter months I've been pining for the hazy evening sun of the Suffolk and Dorset fields listening to these artists again.
Ben Howard - 'Every Kingdom' album is simply marvellous. Every song is a  summery nugget of loveliness - always being reminded of swimming in the sea singing 'Only Love' with my sister or being in a mass of people all 'woooooo'-ing to 'The Wolves' even in the coldest of times.
Laura Marling - 'A Creature I Don't Know' album. I know it was released in 2011 but  Miss Marling you folky goddess genius. Her third album is nothing less of perfect, with songs reminiscent of Joni Mitchell and Patti Smith this is not only one of my favourite albums of hers but definitely of my year.
Alabama Shakes - 'Boys & Girls'. I was lucky enough to see Alabama Shakes 3 times this year and every time was as magical and captivating as the first. One of my highlights of End of the Road was seeing the sun set and Brittany Howard exclaiming "it's time to party!" and everyone dancing on the hill in delight. 
First Aid Kit - 'The Lion's Roar' is the second album from the Swedish sisters and boy is it a gooden. Their hair swinging became my signature dance move at Latitude (sorry to anyone who witnessed it) and their harmonies are truly beautiful. The first song I fell in love with was 'Emmylou' when my friend and I were sitting with a pint of cider slowly picking up the words and singing along completely by the end of it as though we had known them all our lives.
Grizzly Bear - 'Shields'. It's fair to say that Grizzly Bear have most probably been  one of my most played bands this year, from re-living the genius of 'Veckatimest' and 'Yellow House' to relishing in their newest work of amazingness. I wish I knew this album when I saw them at End of the Road(which is nearly impossible as it wasn't released at the time...) because they were incredible and singing along to these tracks of beauty would have been a dream!

I love finding new music to fill up my iPod with, and there have been lots of albums I couldn't wait to listen to the whole way through, including Lucy Rose's 'Like I Used To', Jake Bugg's self-titled debut album and The Civil Wars' 'Barton Hollow'. I saw Lucy Rose in November and she was every bit as lovely live as her album is, and cannot wait to see Jake Bugg in February(my lovely friends got me tickets for my birthday).  I was devastated to hear the news about The Civil Wars last month as their album got me through my exams last summer with their exciting harmonies and lyrics that transported me to the Southern states of America.

One band I have been a wee bit obsessed with since I got their album for Christmas(just under a week and I have had it on repeat) are The Staves with their beautiful folky album 'Dead & Born & Grown' (and whose lyrics I have to thank for the title of this post). I cannot believe I missed them on tour with James Vincent McMorrow last year, it must have been so magical and I cannot miss the next time either of them play!

My new iPod has made me truly excited about buying music and some other artists I have enjoyed listening to are: Peace('California Daze' is perfection), Daughter, Horse Feathers(I have listened to 'House With No Home' countless times now), James Vincent McMorrow, Beach House, Daniel Rossen and how could I forget the Dylan-esque tones of The Tallest Man on Earth?!

I had no idea this post would be anywhere near as long as this and have been writing it for a good few hours, but I really hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I have done compiling my musical highlights!

Hope you had a lovely Christmas and a very Happy New Year x

Monday, 10 December 2012

monochrome monday

Sometimes, even on the greyest of days, donning a black polo-neck and dancing to Brigitte Bardot can make everything seem a little brighter...

Have a lovely week x

Listen to: 'Je danse donc je suis; - Brigitte Bardot
Drink: Black Coffee
Wear: Dancing Shoes

Monday, 3 December 2012

keep calm and carry on

Firstly a very happy December to you all! I still can't believe how quickly this year has gone, and I'm becoming very aware of how little of 2012 there is left, and how much I still need to get done-eek!
On Saturday, we braved arctic temperatures and snow forecasts for a day trip to London and the Imperial War Museum to see the fabulous Family in Wartime exhibition. I am a self-confessed History nerd, but it has always been the social history side of things that particularly interest me. I love learning about how certain events affected real people's lives, especially during World War Two where the Home Front played such a vital role throughout. The exhibition focused on one family during the war and their efforts on the Home Front, which was a concept I absolutely loved and spent the whole time imagining what a fab period drama their lives would make(and of course working out the beautiful 1940s costumes for each character...)
The attention to detail was amazing, with vintage fabric draping every surface, war-time sewing books and old Bush radios around every corner I was in a Home Front heaven.
How gorgeous is this yellow utility dress?! And those shoes! Although the dress was originally designed to use as little fabric as possible due to rationing, I don't think it's lost any of its femininity and wouldn't say no to something that beautiful in my wardrobe! I definitely think my love of this era comes from my Mum, who, not only acted as a walking audio guide throughout the exhibition, also has a beautiful vintage website from books to biscuit tins and everything in between, have a gander if you fancy: Milly and Dottie's Emporium 
Of course we couldn't have a day in London without a visit to Oxford Street(quite a contrast to the exhibition!), and I managed to pick up a gorgeous 1940s style dress from Primark no less, and a lovely little corduroy pinafore dress from Topshop which I'm sure will feature soon!

Phew, that certainly was a lot longer than anticipated-if you made it this far I hope you all have a lovely week ahead of you and manage to keep nice and warm(I'm currently under my duvet nursing a cold on my nth packet of tissues!)

x

Listen to: 'You've Got Me Wrapped Around Your Little Finger' - Beth Rowley
Read: 'The Go-Between' - L.P Hartley
Eat: Flapjacks