Wilder Mind

Helloooooooo.

So a few months ago, one of my favorite bands – Mumford & Sons – released a new album after breaking up for a few years (which was devastating, let me tell you). I just got around to listening to Wilder Mind through and through, from the first track to the last. And I love it. The sound and tone are slightly different than those of the band’s previous works – a little less folksy, with a sort of “movie score” undercurrent to the rhythms. Also, there are fewer, if any, really intense songs on the album. There’s nothing like Broken Crown from Babel, nor any crazy, fast-paced, cheery hits like I Will Wait or Hopeless Wanderer. Though the first two singles that released, Believe and The Wolf, have loud moments, the biggest difference between this album and the band’s previous ones is that the banjo is muted, less noticeable, not emphasized. It doesn’t get as many solo moments as it used to, and coupled with other musical and artistic adjustments, this noticeably changes the sound of the album. Wilder Mind is a toned down, softer, and subtler version of Mumford & Sons’ traditional sound. It’s melancholy and humming and somehow still hopeful. And every song is more poignant because of it.

Don’t let its mellower tunes fool you, however: this album is a hit. I adore it for its cohesiveness, with some songs like Tompkins Square Park and Believe actually leading into each other when you listen to the album in order. I love the quieter feeling and passion that underlies tracks like Broad-Shouldered Beasts and Wilder Mind, the tenderness of Cold Arms, and the lovesick chants of Just Smoke. My favorite track on the whole album is probably one of the most haunting and underrated in my eyes: Tompkins Square Park. I also adore Monster and Snake Eyes – they’re slower and darker and just wonderful. The four bonus tracks on the deluxe version of the album are live versions of four of the album’s songs: Tompkins Square Park, Believe, The Wolf, and Snake Eyes. The live versions are lovely and sound just as good as the studio versions, but if you’re looking to save a few bucks, skip them and just buy the regular album.

Believe and The Wolf were my anthems in the spring. But even though the album released in May, I think it is the perfect soundtrack for fall. To me, it just has a fall feel to it. Every new school year when fall rolls around, I find a new album to play on repeat and it becomes my mantra, the piece that can always bring me back to where I was, what I was doing, who was I with during the months I absorbed it into my body and mind. I have a funny feeling that Wilder Mind is going to be that for me this fall, the start of my senior year in high school. My last year here. I love listening to this masterpiece while driving to school in the dark, early morning before the sun creeps up and after swim practice on the way home as I’m racing the sun across the sky. I love, love, love it and the mood it puts me in, one of tranquility and assuredness.

So to any Mumford & Sons fans out there, give Wilder Mind a go with an open mind and I think you’ll be able to see a goodness in the slight change from the sound we all so loved. And to anyone who hasn’t yet fallen into this band’s folksy alternative British music – well what are you waiting for?

Thanks for reading,
xx. Martha

Preview and buy Wilder Mind on iTunes (Deluxe Version here). 

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Drag Me Down

Drag-me-down-One-directionIt’s been a long time since I’ve done a Song of the Moment post. But I’m finally back again with one, and to no one’s surprise (hopefully), my inspiration for this post is the new One Direction single.

Song: Drag Me Down
Artist: One Direction
Album: Drag Me Down – Single
Source: Bought on iTunes

Favorite Lyrics:
I’ve got fire for a heart
I’m not scared of the dark
You’ve never seen it look so easy
I got a river for a soul
And baby you’re a boat
Baby you’re my only reason

Drag Me Down is the first song One Direction has released since Zayn left the band earlier this year. But never fear, he gave his approval via Twitter:

Proud of my boys the new single is sick. Big love. 🙂 x

This song dropped just as I woke up the morning of my last day in Europe (the day I flew home). I listened to it on repeat in the airport and on both my flights. It’s catchy, has a great beat, and is a slightly different sound for One Direction: it’s a bit darker and more intense sounding than some of their other tunes. The lyrics are repetitive, but the boys switch up parts throughout so it’s never boring. Drag Me Down is unapologetic; I love it. And the guys look so happy in the cover art. Even better, the release was a complete surprise! The Drag Me Down music video was apparently shot a few days ago at the NASA Space Center in Houston, Texas. Needless to say, I am highly anticipating its premiere.

iTunes | Lyrics | Audio

Blank Space Music Video

The music video to Taylor Swift’s new single, Blank Space, released today. I love it; I think it’s incredible. I love the luxury portrayed in the video and can I please have every single outfit Taylor wore? I think Taylor’s portrayal of insane girlfriend was hysterical, playing off one of her biggest criticisms. I also adore the dobermans, being a doberman owner myself. And the new guy showing up at the end just reiterates the point of the song: if it doesn’t work out (and it probably won’t), there’s always someone else waiting. The music video is very entertaining, and the song is fantastic. Have a look (listen?)!

Purchase 1989 | Purchase Blank Space 

Steal My Girl

My new Song of the Moment… This one just released today!

Song: Steal My Girl
Artist: One Direction
Album: FOUR
Source: Bought on iTunes via FOUR (Deluxe Version) preorder

Favorite Lyrics:
She’s been my queen since we were sixteen
We want the same things, we dream the same dreams, alright, alright
I got it all cause she is the one
Her mom calls me love, her dad calls me son, alright, alright
I know, I know, I know for sure

I got up this morning for school and looked in the Purchased section of my iTunes library for One Direction’s newest single. I preordered their album and knew that Steal My Girl would download automatically today when it released. Alas, it didn’t release until I was in the middle of AP Psychology (not that I was checking or anything) and I listened to it for the first time after lunch. I kid you not, I almost cried in the middle of class when I heard it (we had a sub and were allowed to study). I wanted to dance and sing and laugh like a maniac because One Direction does that to me. I think the lyrics are so sweet, and I knew I would love the tune since listening to the nineteen second preview that was released by the band last week. I’ll be listening to this on repeat until my boys release their next single!

iTunes | Lyrics | Audio

Four + Fireproof

On Monday morning, I was sitting in homeroom when my best friend sent me a text: “Their new album is called Four.” That was all I needed. I immediately pulled up One Direction’s Twitter page, saw the official tweet and Liam’s announcement tweet, and was overcome with excitement. A new album in November? Yes please. Fourth album titled Four? Cool. Free download of a new single? SO FREAKING AWESOME. As soon as I got home from school, I downloaded Fireproof and it was love at first listen.

Fireproof is subtler than many of One Direction’s songs. It’s art. Its beat makes me want to sway and move my hands to the rhythm. The lyrics are pretty and the vocals are on point. I LOVE this song. Unfortunately, the free download was only available for 24 hours, but it will probably release for the standard $1.29 soon. Four is set to release on November 17th and there’s already talk about a tour. According to Mirror, One Direction will team up with the magician Dynamo (who participated in 1D Day in Los Angeles last November) for the Four tour.

The album covers have been released, and both Four and Four (Deluxe Edition) are available for preorder. The standard album will have twelve songs, while the deluxe version will include four bonus tracks.

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One Direction has released three albums in the past three years- Up All Night in 2011, Take Me Home in 2012, and Midnight Memories in 2013. Their fourth album Four will continue this pattern, as every album has been released in November. Based on the sound of Fireproof, I’m excited to see the new, more mature direction the band is taking. I think One Direction’s fourth album will appeal to a wider audience and be a little more artsy. But whatever it sounds like, I’m sure I’ll love it.

I can hardly wait until November 17th.

Preorder “Four”
Standard Edition: Amazon | iTunes
Deluxe Edition: Amazon | iTunes