My Thoughts on Ultralife

Hello everybody! As you might know if you’ve read this post, I recently liked Oh Wonder’s debut album an awful lot. Thus, I’ve been listening to their sophomore quite a bit, and today I’m going to be sharing my thoughts on it. Onto the post!


Solo- this is a pretty strong opener to the album, it’s about a house party and feeling like you need to get away from people, which is pretty relatable. I really like the melody and rythym too, and I think the writing is super clever in the way it puts things. I LOVE the refrain. This doesn’t quite take Alessia Cara’s Here’s place as my anti-social anthem, but it is a great song about wanting to get away from people too.

Ultralife– this 100% deserves to be the title track, because it’s got such an upbeat vibe to it that it’s perfect for radio (even though I’ve never heard it on a single station in almost 2 years… honestly what is radio’s issue with indie pop?). It’s about finding someone or something that gives you a new perspective on life and it’s so gorgeously written and sung, and the melody is amazing. Josephine particularky shines on this track for me, especially on the chorus (which may be one of my fave choruses ever- I tend to prefer the pre-chorus but this is an excellent example of how to do a chorus!)

Lifetimes– this isn’t one of my absolute favourites of the album, but I do still really like it. It’s about climate change, which isn’t especially commonplace as a topic in pop music and I love that Oh Wonder are so original. I love how much this song does and how patchwork it feels (I’m totally stealing this description from Josephine, but it fits so ho hey), and the fact that Anthony gets some longer solos brings me much, much joy. I obviously love both members an awful lot and I think their voices sound gorgeous together, but I think Anthony’s is REALLY underappreciated by a lot of people.

High on Humans– it really makes me laugh that this is my fave on the album because I don’t think I could relate to it any less (it’s about getting a buzz from interacting with strangers) but it definitely is. Obviously Josephine and Anthony sound excellent on it, because they sound epic all the time, but I’m more obsessed with different aspects of music and the production here. The production is so strange but I LOVE IT, the melody is so fast but it always makes me want to sing along even though it’s impossible and those intermittent guitar riffs are just… I have no words. I could listen to it all day and never get sick of it

All About You- This song is about someone self-absorbed and selfish, and Anthony and Josephine have implied heavily it’s about politicians (they claim it’s not solely about a certain orange one, but it sounds an awful lot like it is in the lyrics…). I love how quietly scathing it is, and how cheerful it sounds doing it. The bridge is something special as well; I’m obsessed with the way it sounds!

Heavy- I do not usually enjoy disco music in the slightest, but Oh Wonder do it so well I’ll make an exception. This is really fun and upbeat, and especially enjoy the repetition sections and the refrain. Very different to my usual taste, but I’m a big fan overall. Also, it inspired Ultralife which makes me like it even more!

Bigger Than Us- this song is really beautiful, and it’s about a couple breaking up, but more because they’ve just grown apart; it’s very different to most break up songs so it’s really interesting for that reason, even though it doesn’t do anything revolutionary in terms of how it sounds (it sounds great, don’t get me wrong, it’s just quite simple compared to some of the others on here or even the last album), I just love the writing of it too.

Heart Strings– this has such a great synth line, and I love it for that alone. I also love it for its catchiness, and cleverness in using an upbeat melody to disguise the fact it’s actually a pretty sad song about feeling lonely and unloved in a relationship. It’s lots of fun to sing along to as well, and I just enjoy it a lot.

Slip Away- this is essentially Heart Strings but with a sadder sound to it and a bit more emphasis on how they’ve tried to make things work bit can’t. When I say “sadder”, think “I’ve just listened to it and tears are streaming down my face”. The pianos and soft vocals make this so soothing to listen to, and it’s simplicity makes it all the more stunning. Also, I keep saying this but Oh Wonder’s lyrical writing is just beautiful and I love the way they phrase such simple things in a way that makes them sound extraordinary.

Overgrown– don’t let the upbeat synths that kick this off fool you, it’s another tearjerker. It’s about wanting to go to any lengths to make someone feel less alone and it’s stunning. The imagery and description in this is just gorgeous, and that soaring chorus is absolute perfection. Also, the bridge is brilliant, and if you’ve ever read one of these music posts before you’ll know I love a good bridge. It makes me cry every time, and I love it utterly.

My Friends- this is apparently one of the most personal songs from Oh Wonder, because it’s about them feeling like they’ve abandoned their friends and that they’ll forget them because they’re always on tour. It is, as such, really sad and it definitely conveys the emotions they feel about the situation. I love the strings, the bridge and the chorus especially. However, I do think that the intro is a bit long for what it is, and I wasn’t sure if I’d like the song based on the first verse. Give it a chance if you think the same though, because it gets much better later on.

Waste- I’m going to be honest in that this is my least fave of the album, and I really wish it wasn’t because I’d love to have went out on a better note. I know it’s about being alone, but I can’t work out how specifically and I don’t really get it as a song. I also don’t really love the unusual structure because I don’t see why it *is* structured like that. Anthony and Josephine sound great, but overall I just don’t like this no matter how much I tried to convince myself I did.


Basically, this is brilliant (despite my finding the final track disappointing!) and I want Oh Wonder 3 to be released immediately. They are ridiculously underrated and if you’ve not heard their stuff before you need to give them a listen!


Have you heard of Oh Wonder/are you a fan? What’s your favourite song from Ultralife? If you’ve not heard of them before, do you plan to give them a try? I’d really love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

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My Thoughts on What a Time to Be Alive

Hello everybody ! Today, I’m going to be talking about Tom Walker’s newly released debut album What a Time to Be Alive (the current number one in the UK !), which I’ve been excited for since last summer when the lead single was used in the promo for Unforgotten. Onto the post!


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My Thoughts on Oh Wonder

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about all my thoughts on Oh Wonder, the debut album by the band of the same name from a few years ago. A tweet from Ross reminded me that I’ve been meaning to listen to them for a while, and this has since become one of my most played albums of 2019 so far. Onto the post!


Livewire– I’m going to be honest, I don’t really like this much. It’s just so bland and forgettable that I’d struggle to quote you a couple of lines, and I’m the sort of person who picks up song lyrics annoyingly quickly if I listen to it more than once. I don’t find the instrumentals particularly interesting either. Definitely not a strong opener, which is a shame.

Body Gold– after the damp squib that is Livewire, Body Gold is a delight. It does exactly what Oh Wonder do best- it’s somehow both chill and intense, and it sounds SO great in the most subtle way. The verses set a great vibe of this love song about someone improving your life, the vocals in the chorus bring light to my life, the bridge is amazing and I think the instrumentals (which I’m pretty sure are synths, but not 100%) sound SO good in the bit of this where they’re super dramatic in sound. Also, shout out to Anthony’s backing vocals!

Technicolour Beat– Josephine’s voice sounds SO beautiful in this from the first line, and I’m a big fan of the harmonies come the chorus. It’s another love song, and I don’t adore it quite as much Body Gold, but the finger snaps and beautiful vocals/lyrics make it a super solid, enjoyable addition to the album.

Drive– this was one of the only songs I actually knew already before I listened to the album fully, and I obviously liked it enough to want to listen to an album from the artist, which tells you a fair bit straight off the bat! It’s the first break up type song we hear on this album, and it’s SO brilliant. The verses are a little slow, but I still love them (the pop culture references are especially fun) and the lyrics are really great (with the exception of one in the bridge that makes me cringe every time- “I remember all the times you made me covered in crazy”). The breathy chorus vocals would make me forgive this song any sin though, so it’s still an absolute fave regardless.

Lose It– so, this is my absolute fave of the album and I am going to try very hard not to be rambly about it. It’s about two people dancing together, and that sounds a bit odd I’ll give you, but give it a listen and I bet you’ll fall for it just as much as me. First up, the lyrics are beautiful and perfectly sung- the imagery is SO gorgeous. Obsessed. Secondly, can we talk about the instrumentals here? Pianos and horns in one song should not work, but it seriously does here. AND there are more finger snaps (I’m so easy to please, give me finger snaps and I will like your song more immediately. I think this obsession stems from the fact I am atrocious at snapping my fingers…). Finally, it gets extra points for the sultry vibe this has; it suits it so well.

Landslide– this is another favourite for me, and it makes me cry a lot. It’s someone telling someone else they’ll always be there for them, and I first heard it on a day where I really needed someone singing that to me- it was very soothing then and I think it’ll be a constant go to song for me on those sorts of days from here on in.

White Blood– this one is about someone feeling abandoned after someone told them they’d always be there for them (edit: since writing this I’ve discoveredit’s not a metaphor and is actually about a medical issue, which makes it even more impactful) and while I didn’t like it when I first listened, it’s really grown on me since. It’s so simple and beautiful and sad, and I like it a LOT now.

Without You– first up, the piano melody at the beginning is life, I love it and it’s so great. Also, I have a real soft spot for songs that try and trick you as to their meaning by doing the opposite sonically, and this is a spectacular example of that. White Blood very much sounds like a break up song, but this one is also about feeling lonely without someone and until you properly think about the lyrics you wouldn’t know because it sounds so cheerful. Big fan of this!

The Rain– this is quite similar in topic to White Blood and Without You, but it feels super forgettable for me. Like with Livewire, I just forget it exists. There’s nothing overtly bad about it, but nothing overtly good either.

Dazzle– LOVE this one. It’s a LOT of fun, and I just enjoy listening to it. A more specific reason for this is that it’s great to hear Anthony a little bit more prominently throughout it, and also it has both an excellent pre-chorus and bridge, which I am an absolute sucker for in a song.

All We Do– this is the other song I knew before I properly listened to the album, and I’ve always loved it since I first heard it on the opening theme to Unforgotten. It’s a song about feeling hopeless and like you can’t accomplish anything, and it is perfect and beautiful and achingly sad. Simple in terms of lyrics and structure, given how much repetition there is, but undeniably effective and hard-hitting in message. It’s absolutely stunning.

Midnight Moon- I adore this song. It’s so catchy and fun, with a great pace throughout, an amazing pre-chorus and a chorus that properly backs it up (I have no idea if this makes any sense outwith my brain, but sometimes I find choruses a let down after a great pre-chorus). I don’t like the instrumental section though, and I could take or leave the bridge tbh.

Shark- this song is about someone basically asking someone if they’re in the relationship quite as much as they are, which is not what I’d expected from a song with this title, but I’m a BIG fan. It’s another super catchy one, and the vocals are just so great. I love the drums too, and pairing them with piano works weirdly well. Oh Wonder seem to have a real knack for making stuff that shouldn’t work make sound spectacular.

Heart Hope- I can’t quite work out what this song is, but I think it’s about looking for a bit of hope in an ever changing world, and it’s really delicate and lovely. I feel quite similarly about this as I do Technicolour Beat; it’s objectively a good song and I like it, but it’s not a standout of the album.

Plans- this is a stellar closer. It has really cool instrumentals (feat finger snaps, no less!) And the melody is one of my favourites of the album. It’s about trying to get back yo someone and it’s such a lovely, slightly unusual take on a love song. Josephine’s voice is just exceptional on it as well. I mean, it always is, but especially so. And the harmonies in the chorus are major heart eyes.


Are you a fan of this album/Oh Wonder? What’s your favourite song from them? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

5 More Cover Songs I Love

Hello everybody! Today, I’m doing a part 2 for a post I did last year about my favourite cover songs, because since that post I have discovered enough absolute gems that I needed to talk about them! (Though I do still love all the ones on my original list, and highly recommend checking those out too!). Onto the post!


IDGAF by Panic! at the Disco– the first reason I love this is that’s it’s how I discovered Panic!, who are now right, right up there in terms of my favourite artists and I adore them beyond words. I also love this song and how sassy it is, and Brendon’s delivery is exceptional- mostly because the song suits his vocal range really well and showcases every part of it. I also loved it as an introduction to the rest of the band, and it cemented Nicole and Dan as my faves long before I’d researched the band’s long and complicated history! Nicole’s backing vocals are particularly notable. I’d pay good money for an uncensored version from PATD, honestly, not least because if they did it now Mike would be in it instead of Kenny.

Here by Troye Sivan ooh, I love this. I’ve always thought this song was really great even though I don’t like the way the original (by Alessia Cara) is sung, and this just delivers everything I wanted from it so well. The emotion the song tries to put over comes through perfectly, and it’s such a fun performance where you can tell Troye is having a lot of fun! Major respect for him being able to breathe all the way through too as well, because WOW is this song demanding vocally. I listened to it on repeat for DAYS when I heard it, and even now it never doesn’t impress me.

Avant Gardener by Gordi– this song is legit one of the most gorgeous things I’ve ever heard in my entire life. Again, I don’t like the original at all, but this piano cover by Gordi gives more weight and meaning and melancholy beautiful to these lyrics, which are about someone having a panic attack. It’s beyond stunning, it makes me absolutely weep. The use of metaphor in places is just so creative and clever too (like, who’d have thought WEETABIX would be part of one of the most emotive and perfect metaphors ever? Not me). I also love the lack of structure, because it suits the song and the narrator so well, and just ugh. I can’t put this into words.

Somebody To Loves Me by Troye Sivan/Dua Lipa– can you tell I’ve got really into Troye Sivan recently? This is another cover from his Blue Neighbourhood days, featuring Dua Lipa who was an opening artist on his Suburbia tour. This song is ridiculously catchy, I love both Troye and Dua’s voices and it’s head and shoulders above the original. Also the harmonies are killer. Yip, I’m a fan of this for sure.

Swingin’ Party by Lorde– well, first of all, this plays just before a super iconic Dynasty scene so it has my heart just for that, but I do think it’s a brilliant song too. It’s quite hard to work out the meaning of, but after a few listens you can get an idea, and I think Lorde’s vocals suit the dark feel of it perfectly. It gives me absolute goosebumps and I can never listen to it just once any time I play it.


What are your favourite cover songs? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

Amy x

My Top Ten (ish!) Older Songs

Hello everybody! Today, I’ve decided to do a list of my top ten favourite songs that are a bit older (in the interests of fairness, I’ve tried to go for songs/artists I don’t think I’ve talked about at length in other music posts, because otherwise there would have been a lot of 2000s Taylor Swift, Coldplay and Panic! at the Disco on here…). Onto the post!


Running Up That Hill– this is one i have slightly mixed feelings on, which is why I’ve decided to put it in first. First of all, it took me an embarrassingly long time to work out what this song is actually about, but I’m pretty sure it’s Kate Bush saying that women aren’t as valued and successful as men, and and it’s even more beautifully and cleverly written than I had realised before I knew that. I also really love Kate Bush’s voice in the chorus, and the guitar is so unusually played in this and I am obsessed with it, and those quiet, underlying drum beats. I’m less keen on the backing vocals,

Feel the Need– this is another one that I don’t LOVE the way I do some later additions. It’s a song from the 70s by the Detroit Emeralds, and while I adore the smoothness of the lead singer’s voice, it does sort of make me want to never the words feel the need again after a few listens (but I always return, of course). It’s just really pleasant to listen to, overall.

Try a Little Tenderness/Sittin on the Dock of the Bay- as my beloved Duckie puts it “I love Otis”. I specifically love these two songs. The former of them of course features in my favourite film Pretty in Pink in an AMAZING scene with Duckie (arguably the best of the film imo!) So I obviously love it for that reason, but I also really like the smooth quality to Otis Redding’s voice and it definitely pulls off the sultry vibe it goes for. In terms of the latter, my favourite thing about that is how simple and understated a song it is, and how it manages to take my breath away all the more for that very reason. It’s just perfection.

Come Up and See Me (Make Me Smile)- this is actually the song that sparked the idea for this post in my mind because after not hearing it for ages, I heard it two days running and it just set me thinking. It’s not necessarily the most the most exciting song in the world in terms of vocal or music, but I love listening to it so much. Aptly, it makes me smile so much and I can’t help but sing along to it. It’s just a sunny, happy joy of a song and I love it.

American Pie– the amount of this song I can sing off by heart is fairly tragic, I won’t lie (I’m shaky after verse 4 but up till there I know just about all of it.). I love this song so much- the music references are so cool and even though I don’t know the full details of all of them it was fascinating to read interpretations about what people think they all mean and try and work out who they’re about (I think I only got the Beatles on my own, but I tried 😂). It’s just so relaxing to listen to as well. Another of my fave Don McLean songs is Prime Time, which is much less well known but is so much fun and another very rambly one about society and how it had changed at the time.

Breakfast in America- I absolutely LOVE this song, and hearing it on the radio is always an absolute treat. It’s not especially kind to the girlfriend so I do feel a bit bad if that part is true, but it’s mostly about wanting to see America. I mostly love it for how it actually sounds though, rather than its lyrics. The piano combined with other instruments is fairly unusual, and I absolutely love the sound that it creates. I also think the brass section are just wonderful. Another of the main reasons I love it is how catchy it is, and the way I’m singing it for days (or even weeks, sometimes) after I hear it.

Mr Brightside- before I talk about this (and the next on the list, actually ) please know that I’m well aware these aren’t THAT old, and I’m only including them on this list because I couldn’t think of another post to fit them in and I REALLY wanted to talk about how much I love them! So, with that out of the way, this is an absolute stunner of a song and I love it so much. If you haven’t heard of this (or the next on the list again, actually), have you been living on the Moon? It’s such an anthem and I love it so much. If you’ve never heard it, it’s about a guy seeing his girlfriend cheat on him and despite the melancholy feel it still makes you want to scream the lyrics alongside Brandon Flowers. Another, less surface level reason that I love this song is that the writing is masterful. Understandably, the narrator is pretty upset and I think the repetition of the first verse rather than a different second one and the lack of a bridge highlights that how much it’s messing with him and the way that he can’t think of anything else. Just MASTERFUL.

Seven Nation Army– this is another super iconic one from the early 2000s and it’s (in my opinion) one of the most iconic songs ever, and deservedly so at that. It is the perfect song to snarl along to when you are angry, and I have done this more times than I count! The withering lyrics are delightfully done and it’s just brilliant. My main reason for loving this though, is a much geekier one, and I’m almost reluctant to say it in case you all run for the hills. I think the pseudo-bass line guitar riff in this is one of the most genius pieces of music I’ve ever heard, and the way they’ve used a guitar to take the place of a bass just blows my mind a bit.


What are some of your favourite older songs? I’d love to hear in the comments, especially if our lists have any in common!

Amy x

My Thoughts on Bloom

Hello everybody, and welcome to my first music post of 2019! At the very end of last year- in December- I listened to Troye Sivan for the first time (Because I loved his speaking voice in the thank u, next video which is admittedly a weird way to discover someone’s existence) and I then spent the remainder of the year becoming obsessed with his music. I really wanted to do some sort of post about him as a result, so I decided to chat about his latest album Bloom today (I’m very tempted to do Blue Neighborhood too at some point!). So, now you have all the background, onto the post!


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5 Songs I Think Would Make Great Books

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about some of the songs I think would make excellent books, which are, as I’ve noticed while typing this, mainly romance book premises- sorry not sorry, I love reading a good romance and these would be great ones! Onto the post!


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