The albums that have shaped my life
I remember a few years ago there was a tag on Facebook - that I was never tagged in - where you answered a series of questions about the music that changed your life. Picking up where old school wall posts left off, here are some of my go-to's for a bit of nostalgia in my life. Particularly, necessary if I'm feeling homesick in Belgium.
1) Air: Moon Safari (1998)
Do you have a song that transports you back to your childhood? My whole life music has been playing in the background. Some of my happiest memories centre around dancing in the living room with our favourite CDs playing. The French band Air's whole album Moon Safari is a gem and I'm sure any of you 90s kids will remember Sexy Boy, which was the most popular. The sparse lyrics and soothing melodies are perfect to calm me down before a big interview or a nerve wracking day.
2) Sia: Some People Have Real Problems (2008)
Jumping forward a decade, my dad has always had pride in his alternative music taste. So, when he stumbled across this little known New Zealand singer-songwriter he couldn't wait to share her emotional ballads with the family. Nowadays I listen to her right before bed if I want to calm down, with songs like Lullaby and Day Too Soon I'm transported to a simpler time before adult problems.
3) Bon Iver: Bon Iver (2011)
I loved Bon Iver's first album featuring heart-breaking songs like Skinny Love and Re:Stacks. But for me I feel like they really came into their own with the self-titled follow up. Tracing their tour routes titles that highlight where they were geographically when they were written. This album is definitely up-there for my go-to tear-jerking guarantee, I like to start with Towers and normally I'm blubbering my Michicant.
4) Ben Howard: I Forget Where We Were (2014)
Moving to Turkey when I was 19 was a very formative time in my life. I stumbled across Ben Howard's second album and was shocked at how dark it is compared to his earlier stuff. Beautiful guitar solos and his signature raspy voice - I was hooked. Might be worth keeping a box of tissues nearby though.
5) SZA: Ctrl (2017)
In true basic bish style, I fell in love with Ctrl. SZA's award-winning album is a truly immersive experience best listened to all the way through. Honestly, I forget the titles because in my mind it's one cohesive unit. Perfectly summarising the trials and tribulations of modern dating, she doesn't mince her selfishness. Love love love.
All my love, Sam