August Music Favourites

The start of August bombarded us with a lot of excellent new releases – Edinburgh favourites Vistas released their latest single Hold Me after a successful launch at Urban Outfitters on Princes Street, and Pale Waves released Television Romance, the follow up to their last single There’s A HoneyBrand New released their long awaited fifth album Science Fiction, Brighton five piece Fickle Friends released their Glue EP, and the king of kings, our lord and saviour, Frank Ocean‘s blonded radio made a return, releasing track Provider earlier this week. Unfortunately August was also the month T Swizzle felt the need to force Look What You Made Me Do onto us, but we’ll just pretend that didn’t happen. PSA: This blog is a pro-Kanye zone, and shady lyrics about the man himself or Saint Pablo stage set up will not be tolerated. Here’s my August Music Favourites x

 

1. Television Romance – Pale Waves

Manchester natives and The 1975-produced Pale Waves released their second single Television Romance this month and much like There’s A Honey, this track is sunny and shimmering, the chorus is sickeningly catchy, and it’s been pretty much all I’ve listened to this month. I know their glittery concoction of indie pop will send them stratospheric this year. Pale Waves announced a UK Tour this week, with tickets going on sale tomorrow morning, you’ll hopefully catch ya girl at Manchester’s Sound Control in October. – twitter: @palewaves insta: @pale_waves

2. Sugar/Vanilla – Fickle Friends

This Brighton five-piece are a blog favourite and I’ve mentioned them in a number of my music favourite posts this year. They released their Glue EP this month, which featured title track Glue from June’s Music Favourites, as well as unheard tracks Sugar, and Vanilla, as well as a Glue acoustic. Fickle Friends personify pop for me at the moment, they’re the absolute embodiment of unadulterated joy, and they just keep releasing tune after tune. I’m massively looking forward to their debut album, I know it’ll be infectiously fun and brazen to say the very least. Fickle Friends are also going on tour this October, and I’ve already got my ticket for their date at Gorilla. Buzz buzz x – twitter: ficklefriends insta: @ficklefriendsuk

3. Hold Me – Vistas

Edinburgh indie rock four piece Vistas have blown up over the last year or so and it’s been incredible to watch. They’ve consistently released banger after banger and show absolutely no signs of slowing down any time soon. Following successful sets at TRNSMT and King Tut’s last month, Vistas unveiled new track Hold Me, and as expected, it’s phenomenal. Things are only just beginning for these boys and I’m excited to see what the rest of 2017 holds for them. I’m hoping to catch them at Manchester’s Neighbourhood this October, but they also have a headline Scottish tour coming up which you should definitely get yourself along to if you can. – twitter: @vistasmusic insta: @vistasmusic

4. She Tastes Like Summer – Spilt Milk Society

Spilt Milk Society came to my attention when an email from a PR company appeared in my inbox last month, and BOY am I thankful, otherwise I’d probably have no idea about these wonderful boys from the Midlands. I got the opportunity to listen to their latest single She Tastes Like Summer before its release and I was obsessed from the get go, (you can read my blog post about it from earlier this month here). The vocals are captivating and rich, and their cocktail of glittery indie-pop and catchy, danceable grooves seriously make them a band to watch out for. – twitter: @spillymilk insta: @spiltmilksociety

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5. Lit Me Up – Brand New

August saw emo rock outfit Brand New release their highly anticipated fifth album, eight years after their last. Admittedly I’m not that emotionally invested in Brand New, nor would I really call myself as a fan. I like them, don’t get me wrong, and I’ve enjoyed the odd track over the years, but that’s really about it. However, Science Fiction is absolutely sensational, and I’ve seen nothing but the highest of praise for it on social media, and rightly so. – twitter: @brandnewrock insta: @brandnewrock

6. Fever – Model Aeroplanes

Dundee four piece Model Aeroplanes released the follow up track to June’s Lover in the form of fun-filled FeverModel Aeroplanes are a band to watch, they’re well known for their infinitely catchy hooks and they just seem to be going from strength to strength at the moment. – twitter: @modelaeroplanes insta: @modelaeroplanes

7. Peaches – Rebel Westerns

I truly have nothing but a whole lot of love and time for these boys. Rebel Westerns released Peaches this month, their second single of 2017 and follow up to Envy. I’d heard Peaches live a fair few times over the last year or so, so it’s nice to finally have a studio version, a track that’s vibrant and shimmering and excellently boasts their signature synths and Dominic Thompson’s brazen pop vocals. I move to Manchester in a week, and Rebel Westerns are one of the things I’ll miss most about Edinburgh, though I have absolutely no doubts that I’ll see them down my way soon if they keep releasing tunes like this. The five-piece headline King Tut’s TOMORROW, and you’ll catch me there singing along one last time. I’m eternally proud of them. They da best. – twitter: @RebelWesterns insta: @rebelwesterns

8. Provider – Frank Ocean

Considering he disappeared for four years, we’ve heard an unbelievable amount of tracks from Frank Ocean since he released Blond last summer, there’s absolutely no stopping him. His latest offering is Provider, is divine and only confirms this man’s place in my heart. Seeing him live at Parklife in June was surely as good as my life is possibly going to get. Nothing can top that, right? I’m sure we’ll see a lot more from Frank as the year goes on, and I’m excited.

9. Desire – Everything Everything

Manchester’s Everything Everything released their fourth studio album A Fever Dream on the 18th August. Whilst I don’t love this album as much as 2015’s Get To Heaven, it’s still got the infectious, flamboyant tracks that Everything Everything are known for, Desire being one of them. They’re also heading out on tour in March next year, with tickets going onsale tomorrow morning.- twitter: @E_E_ insta: @e_e_

10. Cathy Come Home – Flyte

Flyte are English indie pop quartet from London, consisting of Will Taylor, Sam Berridge, Jon Supran, and Nick Hill. They released their debut album last Friday, with Cathy Come Home being the lead single, a track about parents struggling to let their children out into the world. “We were watching a lot of Ken Loach while we were writing it, hence the slightly bleak narrative and of course, the title.” says lead singer Will Taylor to Interview. The four piece have been around for a little while, and their debut album makes them a band to watch. The Loved Ones is ambitious in terms of lyrics, and the vocals are rich and textured, they took their time with this debut, and it’s paid off. – @Flyteband insta: @__flyte__

 

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