Fave Five Fridays for Friday 22nd November 2019
Coldplay – Champion of the World
Coldplay have just released two new songs from their upcoming double album, ‘Everyday Life’, one of which is a salute to Olly’s favourite songwriter Scott Hutchinson from Frightened Rabbit. ‘Champion of the World’ is based on the song ‘Los Angeles, Be Kind’ taken off of the late Hutchinson’s 2014 solo album. Talking about the creation of ‘Champion of the World’
Chris Martin states: “Scott had a song called ‘Los Angeles Be Kind,’ which I love. When I first heard it, I thought it was going to go one way; but it went another. Anyway ‘Champion Of The World’ is the song that came from following the other path, and that’s why Scott is a co-writer on this song. Today is also his birthday [20th Nov]. So happy birthday Scott and thank you for your beautiful music, wherever you are.”
Everyday Life is out today!
Charlotte Lawrence – God Must Be Doing Cocaine
The 19-year old singer-songwriter has just dropped her latest single ‘God must be doing cocaine’. Touching on a range of issues from the tired concept of religion to the modern relationship experience. The song draws inspiration from Bon Iver and Joni Mitchel and introduces the listener to a version of Charlotte Lawrence that is on a search of longing in a chaotic America.
Charlotte had this to say about her latest track: “It has been hard for me to put that feeling into words [because I didn’t] know how to do it without offending people or feeling like I’m speaking for anybody but myself. So I just looked at what was going on around me and what was happening to my friends or the people I knew and I wrote about it. [The song] is just what’s happening around me — what I don’t like, what scares me and what I want to change.”
Ben Kidson – Money
Ben Kidson is back with his third single and if I do say so myself it is his best yet. ‘Money’ ties his influence of old and new sounds into a perfect threshold that compliments them both creating a timeless piece that you will be listening to for years to come.
Speaking on the track Ben says: “It’s really inspired by a lot of 90s tunes, and it was written about getting frustrated at people promising things they never came through on – hence the line ‘put your money where your mouth is’. I was listening to a lot of trap at the time, but these rappers’ personal Spotify playlists almost always lead back to grunge and metal, so I tried putting the two together.”
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Benee – Find an Island
Upcoming musician Benee has just released her latest single ‘Find an Island’ and it has been playing in my head all day. The reggae infused indie-pop riff that compiles of smooth bass lines, punchy drums and glistening guitars is inspired by a fight she had with her guitarist.
Talking about her latest creation, the 19-year old New Zealander says: “Howdily doodley! This is a song I wrote about my best bud because sometimes ya hate your friends, but you always love them.”
MF Tomlinson – Nietzsche’s Day Off
MF Tomlinson tells the captivating story of the importance of letting your hair down every once in a while, regardless of the daily news on his latest single ‘Nietzsche’s Day Off’. Accompanied by an infectious rhythm that would get anyone moving, the songwriter goes on to paint a picture of famous people throughout history such as Vincent Van Gogh and Joan of Arc sitting around with ice-cold beers and drinking magic mushroom tea.
Talking about his third single, Tomlinson states: “The lyrics in my previous singles, ‘Nature Boy’ and ‘Sum of Nothing’, address these overwhelming issues to which there are no apparent solution. The political climate, the environment and the way we live our lives, thanks to today’s technology, we’re totally overloaded all the time. “Something about the idea of all these unlikely characters in ‘Nietzsche’s Day Off’ having a knees up felt pertinent to share right now. If you find the world is weighing heavy on you just remember, if Nietzsche can take a break, then so can you. I was visiting Frederik Tyson-Brown (of Hunck and also my former bandmate) and we found ourselves writing a tune that made us wanna dance like Grover from Sesame St. We ran with it and so did all the contributors to the song, notably Ed Grimshaw, Angus James & Ami Koda, who added something really special with each performance”.
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