Welcome to our monthly feature! Each month we will be sharing our fave songs with you (that have been on repeat constantly) and their meaning, for you to either relate to…. or for you to discover new songs and artists.
Pressure - Muse
Let Me Down Slowly – Alec Benjamin
Woman Like Me – Little Mix (feat. Nicki Minaj) *explicit*
Forever and ever more – Nothing But Thieves
1999 – Charli XCX and Troye Sivan
I was very excited when I saw Muse had released yet another new song for their album coming out in November, ‘Simulation Theory’. The currently released songs from this have been great so I was expecting even more great things. ‘Pressure’ has such a robust sound, full of power chords and a memorable riff. It’s also so unique - the verses feel and sound different compared to the chorus, which makes the song so fun to listen to. The song is mainly about the pressure, (expectedly), felt by the band to keep producing rock songs. To be such a popular band, it must be hard to live up to previous songs released and the fans demands.
Newly risen singer-songwriter Alec Benjamin released a song ‘Let Me Down Slowly’ a few months ago, although, I only recently heard it on the radio. It quickly reached all different charts and top playlists on Spotify with over two million streams during the first week of release! However, I’m not fully surprised by this. I find myself singing it to myself a lot. Alec’s guitar part the whole way through is so soft and lovely - the whole song is like a musical hug! He has openly admitted he wrote this song to narrate his trouble with a break-up with his ex-girlfriend. He wanted her to not leave him so quickly and give him some time to figure things out, although he realised she was never really there when they were together anyway. Despite having so much sad meaning - it’s a really beautiful song to listen to.
‘Woman like me’ is definitely an empowering song. It emphasises their passion for feminism and covers confidence issues, regrets... all kinds of gal stuff! I was happy to see a great collab of Little Mix and Nicki!
They all have such perfect voices too so the collab was needed. It’s easy to tell all of the girls are confident in their own skin and personalities. What’s really brilliant about Little Mix is that each of them have such distinct and unique voices, but which work well together in harmonies, that you can always tell who is singing - that’s something you don’t get with many bands. Overall, this is a great insight into their next upcoming album.
Nothing But Thieves, unfortunately, have seemed to be rather quiet the past year or so. Although I was pleased to see that they have now got another single out! If you like rock songs, not too heavy, with an amazing riff and groovy bassline, this is for you! There’s something about this kind of genre that makes me feel good because they are so much more fun for me to play on guitar and drums, more pop kind of songs can get quite repetitive. How the dynamics were so well figured out with big build-ups of adding instruments and harmonies, coupled with the fantastic solo mid-way through makes a truly great song.
Possibly my favourite of the month, ‘1999’! It’s an absolute bop and such a feel good song. As you can probably tell by the lyrics, it’s all about wanting to go back to how things were, I suppose, in 1999. Perhaps there is a bit of nostalgia creeping in here - but I agree. Before social media had such an impact on us, even though I was much younger, I remember feeling much less pressured, self conscious and just generally happier... but things change so we must adapt to these changes! ‘1999’ is so catchy and so upbeat, Charli’s and Troye’s voices also complement each others so well. I know this will definitely stay on my playlist for a while.