November: What You Need To Hear

November was a great month for me musically – Sam Smith’s new album came out, there were a couple of new Bastille songs (albeit featuring Craig David), a new Kygo album and I discovered Saint Raymond among others (including, of course, the drama that was reputation – although I only listened to it on Spotify today). Given I’ve got a pretty killer November Spotify playlist, I figured I’d narrow it down to my top ten-ish tracks I think you need to hear…

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Permanent – Kygo ft. JHart

I’m overall less of a fan of Kygo’s second album than his first – it all sounds a bit samey to me? – but Permanent and Stargazing (feat. Justin Jesso) are standout favourites for me. 

How Long – Charlie Puth

I’m not a mega fan of Charlie Puth but I really like this song – its proved great for walking to college, so has a firm place on my playlist. 

Too Good At Goodbyes – Sam Smith

As you’ll see from the rest of this playlist, I love the new Sam Smith album (The Thrill of It All) and this (handily the first single) was one of my solid favourites, alongside the others below. 

Something Good Can Work – Two Door Cinema Club

I’ve always liked the few TDCC songs I knew, but I’ve discovered a whole load more over the last couple of months, partially prompted by my boyfriend introducing me to Lavender and general buzz about them around college. Something Good Can Work is a bit different to what I normally listen to but I love it all, especially the intro and chorus and basically all of it. 

Movie In My Mind – Saint Raymond

*A* Saint Raymond song came up on my mum’s suggested Spotify playlist when I happened to be with her and though I’m not sure this was specifically the song, I remembered Saint Raymond as an artist to look up. This is the one that really stuck with me, and the main bit I love is the chorus – “You’re the words on my tongue to my favourite song,/you’re the first and the last oh when all’s said and done/You’re the movie in my mind to which I know every line” is just so beautiful, I love it. 

Scars – Sam Smith

Another favourite from The Thrill of It All, I just think the lyricism and melody (therefore pretty much everything) in this song is incredibly beautiful and poignant, yet uplifting enough for me to be able to listen to it on the way to college without crying!

So Tied Up – Cold War Kids

First off, it has to be said, Suits (that series Meghan Markle used to be in) has an absolutely amazing soundtrack – look the playlists up on Spotify, you won’t be disappointed. (I do realise this is beginning to sound like an ad for Spotify, I promise I just use it a lot) Anyway, among a lot of songs that made it onto various playlists, this is one that I’ve kept listening to for at least a month, if not longer.

Baby, You Make Me Crazy – Sam Smith

From the amazing intro and gospel throughout to obviously the singing, this is a true masterpiece, in every way. Also been stuck in my head all day, that may have something to do with it…

End Game – Taylor Swift ft. Ed Sheeran and Future

From a first listen of reputation today, I don’t unequivocally love it – Sam Smith’s still the winner for me – but this is a song I immediately liked, probably heavily influenced by the presence of Ed Sheeran. His bits remind me of his early music, which – as much as I like Divide – is refreshing and a nice contrast to Taylor Swift. 

I Know You – Bastille and Craig David

To start with I really wasn’t sure how to feel about this – its basically Craig David featuring Bastille so obviously a big departure from Bastille’s normal sound, but after a few listens this really grew on me and is now a firm favourite from November. 


So there you have it – the tracks I really truly think you should listen to from approximately Novemberish! Let me know what you think – is there anything I should have a listen to?

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Seville in Photos

Last week I was lucky enough to miss a week of college to go on a Spanish trip to Seville, in the Andalusian region of Spain. The week included staying with local hosts, Spanish lessons and tours of local tourist hotspots. Here are some of my favourite photos from the week…

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La Giralda (the bell tower of the Cathedral) from a nearby street

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La Giralda up close. Fun fact – there are no steps up to the top, only ramps, as it used to be climbed five times a day to announce Muslim prayer, so horses were more efficient than walking.

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A typical Sevillan street has at least one sign for Cruzcampo beer, as evidenced by this photo
 

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Reputably the  best churros shop in Seville, I got churros from here three times and was never disappointed – also shoutout to our teacher for spending 50 euros buying us all churros!

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how to become a morning person: a playlist

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I have a certain playlist for walking to and from college, but even within that there are a lot of tracks I’ll skip in the mornings, and just a few that help to a) wake me up and b) make me walk fast enough that I won’t be late for college. Here’s a few of the songs that I like to think turn me into a fake morning person when combined with a gallon of tea (and there’s only a few Ed Sheeran songs, promise).

Let’s Dance To Joy Division // The Wombats

When The Sun Goes Down // Arctic Monkeys

Foundations // Kate Nash

How Far I’ll Go // Alessia Cara

Cocoon // Milky Chance

Shape Of You // Ed Sheeran

No Lie // Sean Paul ft. Dua Lipa

Can’t Stop // Red Hot Chili Peppers

Love Is All I Got {Friction Remix} // Feed Me & Crystal Fighters

Barcelona // Ed Sheeran

Sexual // NEIKED

Wake Up // Circa Waves

Another Day of Sun/Someone In The Crowd // La La Land Cast

Bibia Be Ye Ye // Ed Sheeran

Something Just Like This // The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

Down // Marian Hill

Galway Girl // Ed Sheeran

Stay // Zedd & Alessia Cara


what songs help motivate you and wake you up in the morning?

listen on Spotify here

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5 Things That Surprised Me About New York

Almost a month ago(!) I got back from a six-day college film/media trip to New York City. I’ve always wanted to go to New York (#1 on my bucket list for approximately forever) so, even when the one other person I knew pulled out, I still went on the trip. It was lowkey terrifying, especially as I’d never flown out of Europe but I’m definitely glad I went, even if just for the Instagrams! (Oh, and we met Troye Sivan at JFK so that was pretty cool too) However, being me, I overanalyse everything and New York definitely wasn’t what I expected…so here’s 5 things that surprised me about New York City!

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New York = London

I mean, obviously it doesn’t, but I was surprised by how London-like it felt. Thinking about it, it’s obvious – they’re both reasonably big, multicultural, metropolitan, modern cities (damn, that alliteration though), but that really came out of the blue for me. Good news I like London!

How un-American it felt

Kinda because it’s so multicultural, New York didn’t feel as American as I expected. Barely anybody commented on our British accents, and nobody asked if we’d met the Queen – quite a disappointment, really. It didn’t even feel like there were that many American accents! Although, conversely, there was a fab ‘Donald: Make America Psycho Again’ poster on the High Line, so that was definitely American!

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The Subway Isn’t Very Sub

This might sound stupid but a rather ~shocking revelation~ for me was that large chunks of the subway are not sub at all, but instead go way above ground, often on level with roofs of buildings (or at least on one of very few subway journeys I made, from Manhattan out to Queens, it did). This was pretty awesome but also slightly unnerving when we’d started off by going underground and then suddenly had a view of the NYC skyline stretching out behind us.

The NYC transport department has nothing on TFL

And this definitely isn’t just a patriotic statement of competitiveness. You know how TFL has helpful people hanging around at all the Tube stations for hapless tourists who have no idea how the Underground map works? Yeah, none of that in New York (and I promise I’m only slightly bitter about the extra 30 minutes spent on the subway while we were lost).

The Statue of Liberty is actually quite small

You think it’s huge, right? Crowning glory of NYC, the gateway to America, etc etc. Nope, it’s weirdly small. We saw it on the Staten Island Ferry and we all kinda looked at it, looked through our phones (where it appeared even smaller), looked at each other and were like, “is that it?!”. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still pretty majestic, but definitely surprisingly small. We did catch it at sunset though which was basically an Instagram dream (though I haven’t actually Instagrammed it yet…)

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Have you been to New York City? Did it live up to your expectations?

 

And Additionally…

So I guess I should kick this off with a post, shouldn’t I? I’ve started ‘And Additionally…’ because lately I’ve been feeling like there’s so much stuff I want to talk about but just don’t get the chance to – some heavy stuff like politics (Trump,boo) and bits of society and culture, but also your standard lifestyle stuff – fashion, beauty, books, music…a bit of everything, really. Hopefully I’ll be able to get some of it out on here!

Oh, and the name of my blog is from the fact that, whenever I have to give a presentation, I find myself saying the word ‘additionally’ an almost obscene amount of times. Just got to much to say, I guess (or a very limited vocabulary if you’re being pessimistic).

Anyway, that’s my plan! We’ll have to wait and see what actually happens…