My 12 Favorite Albums

10:45 AM

This year I spent a lot of time listening to new music since I was always on the tube, train, airplane, or driving in traffic. Spotify has helped me discover a bunch of new artists who are now some of my favorites. I love listening to other people’s playlists and discovering new songs and albums, or asking friends about who they’re listening to. So for right now, here are my current favorite albums.

Wilsen – I Go Missing in my Sleep

Wilsen is a gem. I had the chance to see her live at Bush Hall in London and she’s amazing. She’s very quiet and bird-like but that’s all part of her charm. Her album I Go Missing In My Sleep is very relaxing and I love listening to it when I’m writing or relaxing. She’s very indie folk and dreamy. My favorite songs from the album have to be “Final,” “Dusk,” and “House on a Hill.” Next time you’re waking up in the morning and making breakfast, play some of this in the background.

Petal – Shame

Petal is the cutest. I had the chance to see her at DIY Space in London and she was so awkward and sweet – I loved her. She constantly has a changing band when she’s playing live, which is quite cool. She even sold her own merchandise and has a bit of rawness in her songs, which I like. She’s classified as rock but I’d say she’s more indie or alternative. Shame is her most recent album and lately I’ve been jamming to “Chandelier Thief,” “Tommy,” “Feel,” and “Nature” but there aren’t any weak songs on the album; they’re all a breath of fresh air.

Cigarettes After Sex - Self Titled Album

Nothing makes me more emo than a good Cigarettes After Sex song. They’re vibe is so moody, dark and romantic but technically they’re pop. I love listening to them when I’m feeling a bit sad, like when I’m having boy troubles. My favorites from the album are “Nothing Gonna Hurt You Baby,” “K,” “Sunsetz,” and “Apocalypse.”

Marika Hackman – I’m Not Your Man

Thank you Spotify for introducing me to Marika. She’s a vocalist classified as an English-folk singer and has dark lyrics. She’s becoming pretty popular and I love the moody vibes off her latest album. My current favorites are “Boyfriend,” “My Lover Cindy,” and “Violets.”

Beach House – Depression Cherry

I was wandering around Urban Outfitters when I first heard “Space Song” and I instantly needed to know the name of the song and the band. It took me a few days to figure it out and ever since I’ve been obsessed with this album. Beach House is a pop-duo who create dreamy, out of this world music. My favorites from the album are “Space Song” and “Beyond Love.”


I’d like to give a special shoutout to Local Wolves and Nicole for introducing me to COIN. Coin’s first and only album so far is How Do You Know If You Never Try. It’s upbeat, beachy, and has a nice California influence, which makes this album perfect for long car rides and beach days. My favorites from the album are “Malibu 1992,” “Boyfriend,” and “Hannah.”

LANY – Debut Album

Once again, thank you to Local Wolves for featuring this rad band. LANY are from LA and their debut album is a breakup album and just talks about growing up and is very real. There aren’t any songs I don’t like on the album, but my current jams are “ILYSB,” “Flowers on the Floor,” and “It was Love.” I can’t wait to see them live in November and get them on vinyl.

Lorde – Melodrama

Lorde is amazing. Everyone was obsessed with Pure Heroine, but now the queen is back with Melodrama and she does not disappoint. This is her second album and her breakup album, which was perfect timing for me. Every song is raw, shaky and filled with emotions and poetry as lyrics. I’m constantly listening to “Liability,” “Perfect Places,” and “The Louvre.” Why can’t this album be on vinyl?

Pinegrove – Everything So Far

Pinegrove has gotten pretty popular – Starbucks was playing them, so that must mean they made it, right? They’re an alternative rock band from New Jersey who are making waves all over the world, especially in London where I was first introduced to them. They have to much energy live, and they bring that to their album Everything So Far. Because I’m basic, “Old Friends” is my favorite song, but I also love “Angelina” and “Need 2.”

Years and Years – Communion

See my fav Olly Alexander live was a dream come true. I love Years & Years, and “Communion” is an electric-pop masterpiece with Olly’s vocals. They give an amazing performance live, complete with choreography and Olly being covered in gold glitter, and their songs make you want to dance. “Real,” “Take Shelter,” and “King” are my favorite, but when I’m feeling down I always listen to “Eyes Shut.”

Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago & Bloodbank

I’m a bit late listening to Bon Iver, but if you didn’t listen to Bon Iver after a breakup, did you really breakup? I always knew he existed and I had listened to a few of his songs and loved “Skinny Love,” but it wasn’t until I left London and my then-boyfriend that I turned to this album. “Beach Baby” is one of my favorite songs of all time and always gives me a soft feeling in my heart. My favorites from these two albums are “Skinny Love” and “For Emma” because I’m basic and a fake fan (kidding).

Maggie Rodgers - Now That the Light is Fading

Lastly, I’m loving Maggie Rodgers. She’s very indie folk with a hint of pop and is great for just chilling in your room, making dinner, really whatever. She’s great. I love “Alaska” and “Dog Years” the best, but her singles are also great (it’s an EP so there’s only five songs on the album).

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