It’s been a little while since I wrote about music. I removed it as a category on my blog as I just couldn’t produce content I was proud of but I keep on returning to it like a favourite dress.
I love music and the way it can make you feel. If I’ve had a hard day at work, I’ll stick on an Imagine Dragons album and sing until the stress has subsided.
As a foray back into writing about music, I thought I’d do a list of my most listened to artists in 2019. The ones I discovered for the first time and are now played on repeat. The beauty of music is that good songs never get old. So here’s my list of 10 artists I loved in 2019.
I’ve only just discovered Emily Burns and I absolutely love her music. She is a young singer/songwriter hailing from Scotland and her blend of pop and ballads are honest and relatable.
Her latest EP ‘My Town’ is a personal tale of love and heartbreak that anyone can connect with. ‘My Town’ and ‘Is It Just Me?’ are must listens. Her voice gives me goosebumps and I think she’s destined for big things in 2020.
Rex Orange County
Rex Orange County, aka Alex O’Connor is rapidly rising in popularity and rightly so. Recruited by Tyler the Creator to work on his album ‘Flower Boy’, it was only a matter of time before O’Connor has his big break. The first I heard of Rex Orange County was when 10/10 was played on Radio 1 and I knew I had to listen to the rest of his album.
His distinctive voice is recognisable anywhere and lends itself to his soulful, chilled out tunes. I’m looking forward to hearing what he puts out next. Listen to’Best Friend’ and ’10/10′.
King Princess is another recent discovery for me and her synth pop sound is brilliant. She’s currently supporting Harry Styles on tour and I don’t think it will be long before we see her embark on her own headline tour.
King Princess aka Mikaela Straus already has impressive credentials, with her first song ‘1950’ released under Mark Ronson’s record label. She was offered a recording deal at the young age of 11 and is currently only 20 years old.
Her new album ‘Cheap Queen’ is a must listen and my favourite tracks (which sadly don’t appear on Cheap Queen) are ‘1950’ and ‘Talia’.
Sam Fender is probably someone you’ve heard of and he’s going from strength to strength. I’ve been listening to him for a while since his early release of ‘Dead Boys’.
His sound is similar to that of Brandon Flowers from The Killers. Coincidentally, he’s also supporting The Killers on their tour next year!
Sam is another British artist and was born in North Shields. His music has a certain nostalgic feel to it with bold guitars and powerful lyrics. My favourites are ‘Will We Talk’ and ‘Hypersonic Missiles’.
I’ve mentioned before how much I love Becky Hill but I’m slipping in another mention because her stunning voice deserves the recognition. She’s the voice behind many huge dance tunes such as ‘Afterglow’ and ‘Overdrive’ but she released her debut album ‘Get to Know Becky Hill’ this September and it’s brilliant.
If you love dance music, then this album is a must listen. As well as the smash hits, ‘Lose Control’ and ‘Wish You Well’, there’s the lesser known but equally as floor filling song: ‘Changing’ and slower ballad; ‘Stranger’.
She’s currently supporting The Script on tour but I think she should be headlining. I know I would be first in line to get tickets.
Blossoms are the kings of Indie Pop well except for The Vaccines (whom I also love.) They’re a little like Bombay Bicycle Club and are the perfect soundtrack for a summer road trip. Their new song ‘The Keeper’ sounds slightly different to their current repertoire and I’m liking the new direction they’re taking. ‘Your Girlfriend’ and ‘I Can’t Stand It’ are my favourites.
I’ve been listening to this duo for a while now and love how their voices harmonise. They’re finally going on tour next year and although I haven’t got tickets, I’ll be keeping an eye out for their new album ‘No One Else Can Wear Your Crown’ due out 7 Feb 2020.
Their upbeat blend of elctro pop always leaves me with a smile on my face and my favourites are: ‘Drive’ and ‘Hallelujah’.
Dermot Kennedy shot to fame with his hit ‘Outnumbered’ which always brings a tear to my eye when I listen to it. His beautiful voice lends itself perfectly to the emotional lyrics and although Radio 1 have played it to death, it’s one of my most listened to songs in 2019.
‘All My Friends’ and ‘Power Over Me’ are both brilliant examples of Kennedy’s talent and I look forward to listening to more of his debut album ‘Without Fear’.
I am really enjoying Tom Walker’s chilled pop genre of music. He won ‘British Breakthrough Act’ at the BRITS this year and his singles ‘Leave a Light On’ and ‘Just You and I’ both went platinum.
It’s been a massive year for Tom Walker and I’m sure he’ll be even bigger in 2020. My favourite is the beautiful ‘Just You and I’ which I think would make the perfect wedding song!
I thought I’d finish this list with the lovely Alec Benjamin. He sounds like Shawn Mendes who isn’t someone I usually listen to but I fell in love with ‘Let Me Down Slowly’.
His gentle voice is soothing and the lyrics hint at teenage crushes and heartbreak. My favourites are ‘Let Me Down Slowly’ and ‘Jesus in LA’.
Who have you enjoyed listening to this year?