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Music Round-Up // September

Due to various reasons, largely down to the unability to find more hour in a day, I have been absent from publishing any new materials for over a week. However, during this off period, I’ve done loads of planning, shooting, reshooting and editing for the upcoming collaborative projects… but in the meantime, let’s share some music and love around.

Cannot believe we’re almost a third into October!! Time does fly, even more so with good music. Speaking of flying, September marked the (re)start of my travelling season, in fact, I finished composing this post in Dublin Airport so here I present you the music that accompanied me throughout my Brussels tour last month.

 

Katharine McPhee “Appetite”

It seems almost compulsory these months for me to include at least one track from a reality talent show alum in these Round-Up posts and this is no exception – American Idol season 5 runner-up and the star of Smash and Scorpion, Katharine McPhee has, in her modest-sized discography, always maintained an impressive consistence in the quality of her music, which is exactly what Appetite delivers.

Mixing smooth with sultry vocals, intensified with a sprinkle of arousing moans, McPhee stirs up a tastefully dark sex jam with this track… Ahhhh! Just when I thought Adam Lambert had topped my Best Post-Idol Songs with Underground (read my May Round-Up), this just has got me rethinking the whole list!

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One Direction “Infinity”

Didn’t expect to see this name on here, did you? No. Nor did I.

I must admit, even though I would never label myself a Directioner, I had always been secretly holding out hopes that the heartthrobs will truly deliver and I’d been nothing but disappointed by their hugely juvenile sound. Unsurprisingly, as the boys have grown up, so has their music.

The appeal in Inifinity for me is the extended maturity that we previously had a taste of in Story of My Life. In terms of the vocals, the Harry-led chorus is definitely a good shout since he is in my opinion, the best vocalist of the newly reformed foursome that they are now… it’s a shame that this didn’t happen earlier in their career as a collective.

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Ryan Adams “Out of the Woods”

Have you heard? Ryan Adams has covered an entire Taylor Swift album…

Citing Nebraska as inspiration for his adaptation of this 2014 top-selling album, Adams executes the mellowness and melancholia with stylised vocals rivalling Bruce Springsteen. The acoustics substitution for the synths is indeed refreshing, but I can’t say the rest of the project is as successful as I would’ve liked. Still, I do genuinely believe that this particular track is a true improvement on the original.

What do you think? Springsteen-sounding Swift? Yay or nay? 😉

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Sara Bareilles “She Used to Be Mine”

In my heart, easily one of the greatest singer, songwriter, pianist, recording artist of our time, Bareilles pours every last drop of her heart and honesty into this beautiful masterpiece.

Vulnerable, haunting and by Bareilles’ own unapologetic admission, deliciously self-indulgent, the Grammy nominee serves up She Used to Be Mine in preparation for her upcoming album What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress to be followed by Waitress musical set to hit Broadway in April next year.

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Troye Sivan “EASE (feat. Broods)”

What happens when two of my favourite fresh, Australasian acts join forces… THIS.

Just one of the six super solid tracks in the South African-born Perth native’s sophomore EP, EASE is hands down the standout moment. Sivan’s effortless crooning laced with Georgia’s signature comforting backing vocals (listen out for her totally awesome bridge!), the heartfelt words are wrapped tight and neatly with a sense of longing – not an unfamiliar territory for Broods and their 2014 debut full-length release (check out my Evergreen review.)

By no means am I saying this is Happy Little Pill (click here for my 2014’s Best Tracks)… but then again, what is? It is, however, a real testament to Sivan’s song-writing skills and Pop potential, proving him to be more than just a YouTube sensation but also quite the rising star to watch… Hedi Slimane most certainly is, are you?

 

Love, Oliver

Don’t forget to comment and let me know your September favs!

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11 Comments

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    May
    October 11, 2015 at 11:52 am

    I have been in LOVE with Sara Bareilles’s new track; it’s such a natural direction for her to take and I cannot wait to see Waitress on Broadway!

    May | THE MAYDEN | Bloglovin’

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    Joyce
    October 11, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    I like your music roundups! Not really keen on One Direction, but I’ve come to realise that you never really know with music. You might just be surprised by that 1 track even if you don’t like the artist. (Can’t believe I actually quite like Bieber’s What Do You Mean).

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      Oliver
      October 11, 2015 at 7:20 pm

      I know right? I love Biebs’ new song!! I was actually debating whether to include that or the 1D song (battle of the heartthrobs)… 😀

      Oliver x

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    Mum to a Monster
    October 11, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Im ashamed to say i actually quite like a few one direction songs.

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      Oliver
      October 11, 2015 at 7:20 pm

      Oh no, there’s no shame in that… lol

      Oliver x

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    Nafisah Atcha
    October 15, 2015 at 6:11 am

    I love your music round up posts! have you herd Selena Gomez new song? I have a feeling you would love it.

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      Oliver
      October 15, 2015 at 9:56 pm

      Do you mean Same Old Love? I’m not a big fan of that track… I find it a bit of a let down after Good For You. That said, her new album is pretty solid. I’d recommend it!

      Oliver x

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    Offbeat Emily
    October 15, 2015 at 10:35 am

    I have to be honest, I was expecting a lot more from Ryan Adam’s Taylor Swift covers. I thought I would prefer them to the originals but they left a lot to be desired. Great list though and I will have to check everything else out :) x

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      Oliver
      October 15, 2015 at 9:57 pm

      I feel the same!! I really wanted to like it but somehow there was something lacking… It was definitely a refreshing take on the songs but they weren’t really that exciting apart from a couple exceptions.

      Oliver x

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    Holly at RockOnHolly
    October 15, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Anything by Sara Bareilles is a winner in my eyes :-) xx

    • Reply
      Oliver
      October 15, 2015 at 9:57 pm

      Great taste 😉

      Oliver x

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