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Lorde, Royals

Slick beats from New Zealand songstress Lorde.

My sister downloaded the Lorde EP a few weeks ago, it took me a few listens but I’m whole heartedly into it now. Royals is by far my favourite track, if only for the fact that it refers to a watch as a ‘timepiece’, I’m all over that ironic hipsterness like a rash.

For more of her tunes listen to her soundcloud page. It’s lush.

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Night Beds, Cherry Blossoms

I’ve posted about Night Beds before but the album, Country Sleep, was released this month and I can’t stop listening to it. Cherry Blossom is so precious – the vocal build gets me every time. Stunning x

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Local Natives, Colombia

Local Natives performed at Scala last night and absolutely blew me away. I’ve seen them a couple of times before but not with the new album Hummingbird, as much as I love the upbeat tracks of Gorilla Manor, tracks like Colombia were the highlight of the gig for me. It’s such a beautiful song! Enjoy

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Night Beds

My sister had the pleasure of seeing Night Beds live a few weeks ago and promptly text me with the message: ‘Listen to Even If We Try immediately.’ I did. It’s absolutely gorgeous. I will definitely be getting tickets when they next return to the UK.

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A.C. Newman: I’m Not Talking

I heard this song on Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour today. It’s an absolute gem.

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Taylor Swift and Dancing Years

I’ve been listening to the same two sets of music this week: T Swizzle’s new album and a delightful discovery in the form of Dancing Years.

Taylor Swift’s new album Red has been on constant repeat in the Hopwood household. We’ve been big fans for years now and openly so. My favourite songs on the album thus far are:

  • I knew You Were Trouble
  • All Too Well
  • We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (it took me a while to appreciate this one, now I’m slightly obsessed)
  • The Last Time (the perfect combination of Snow Patrol and Taylor Swift, so lovely!)

Dancing Years have everything I look for in a band; jumpers, facial hair, trumpets and a chorus of all the above singing their little lungs out. Here’s a little live snippet of them performing live – I  absolutely love the way this track builds.


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Keaton Henson, Kronos

What with the release of the lovely Lucy Rose’s Like I Used to, and Mumford and Sons Babel, today’s track could have been overlook had I not received an email from the man himself* encouraging me to listen out for it, and boy am I glad I did. Usually known for his downbeat, super depressing musings, Keaton Henson isn’t one to get those feet tapping. But Kronos is epic. It’s full of anger, electric guitar and oomph, for Keaton Henson it’s quite a departure from his usual style, but darn does he get it spot on.

For full effect, listen to You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are first:

Then listen to Kronos:


*mailing list, but lets pretend he’s a pal.

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The Rubens

I first heard of The Rubens through triplej Unearthed, and have been eagerly awaiting their debut album. It was finally released this week in Australia, and I can happily say my copy is in the post as we speak. In the meantime I’ve been getting my fill thanks to youtube…here’s a current favourite. Never Be The Same Again.

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