Thanks to Juls at The Indecisive Eejit for writing this guest post on her favourite songs of 2015, over to Juls!
Ok so perhaps I can’t speak for all the Eejits in the world, but I can advise what my most played tunes of 2105 were. Before I start however, I think I need to have my people call the people over at Bitstrips and discuss my attire. That shirt is almost as loud as I play my music!
2015 turned out to be a big year of music discovery for me due to my introduction to Spotify. I’d heard about it before, but never tried it out, however after friendly pushes from my friends ND, Joe and also Steve I decided to give it a go. Their song suggestions also helped too, making me listen to things I previously never would have.
I tend to find new music when I least expect it, like from adverts or websites, it makes for quite an eclectic little mix at times. So without further ado, let me introduce to a few of my top discoveries of 2015, some of these may be old songs, but they were certainly new to me.
I can’t remember where I first came across this band, I think the music was used in an advert for a new TV program. I went straight onto Spotify and listened to all the tunes from their album 5am and it was love at first listen. My favourite song by far is one called ‘I found’. While the original is awesome I found this alternate version that they recorded for the Mahogany sessions, I’m not sure what it is about choirs, but it works for me. This is Amber Run with “I Found“.
A lot of my new songs this year came from my Discover Weekly play list on Spotify. They provide you with a selection of songs based on what you have been listening to, mine, well most weeks it’s scarily accurate and I have loved all but a few of the suggestions. The Wailin’ Jennys was one of those suggestions. This song made the hairs on the back of my neck stand and that’s always a good sign. This is their song “Long Time Traveller“.
Ndorfman is a huge contributor on my music bubble page and I love all the suggestions he makes on a weekly basis. Some, more than others stick in my head on eternal loop and one of those was this song, The Weepies – “World Spins Madly On“.
Sometimes by chance you hear a new version of an old song, and despite it not being the original it manages to grip you just the same. Again another from my Discover Weekly playlist that I fell in love with, Robyn Sherwell’s version of “Landslide”
Another advert discovery was the song “Wings” by Birdy. After listening to both, my preference was for the acoustic version, which was the one used in the advert anyway.
I don’t watch much TV these days, but I have to say that when I do Made in Chelsea is one of my guilty pleasures. Even though it’s cringe worthy and laughable it’s kind of addictive and usually is accompanied by an excellent soundtrack. Secret Company featured one night in a gig, I loved the song and after a little reasearch found out it was “Saviour“.
On days when life is a little tough and overwhelming and I want to thrown myself to the mercy of the duvet monster a good song to have in your pocket is “Starlights” by Tracey Chattaway. It makes me think of being somewhere else other than where I am. It’s five minutes of calm and reflection in a world full of hustle and bustle.
By now you’ll be beginning to realise I am all about the chill out where music is concerned and you would be right. I have started to build myself quite the chill out play list on Spotify and I listen to if often when I am writing.
This is only a fraction of the amazing music I have been fortunate enough to have assault my ears through the 365 days of 2015. Perhaps that should be my goal for 2016, to listen to at least one new song each day. I know without a doubt I will be continuing to add to the Eejit’s Chillout List, which if you are on Spotify you can find HERE should you want to listen.
So what about you, what was your best musical discovery of 2015?
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