It’s 2020, if you haven’t noticed yet and what better way to kick off new year and new decade by writing a totally cliche decade wrap-up post. I know, what you’re all thinking, another one of those weird posts, filled with Spotify links and playlists. I did consider it for a while and then it hit me. I wanted to do something different, reaching the depths of my memory, focusing on the albums that kind of shaped each year of the last decade for me. It doesn’t mean I only listen to one album the whole year, I’m not a freak, but those are just he reminders of how I felt back then.
Linkin Park “A Thousand Suns”
Panic! At the Disco “Vices and Virtues”
The Wombats “The Wombats proudly present… This Modern Glitch”
Linkin Park “LIVING THINGS”
Two Door Cinema Club “Beacon”
Bring Me The Horizon “Sempiternal”
Kodaline “In A Perfect World”
Tom Odell “Long Way Down”
Bastille “All this bad blood”
Biffy Clyro “Opposites”
Royal Blood “Royal Blood”
Amber Run “5AM”
Sleeping at last “Space”
Bring Me The Horizon “That’s the spirit”
Marilyn Manson “The Pale Emperor”
Biffy Clyro “Ellipsis”
Elliphant “Living Life Golden”
Enter Shikari “The Spark”
Tokio Hotel “Dream Machine”
Mike Shinoda “Post Traumatic”
Bring Me The Horizon “amo”
Badflower “OK, I’M SICK”
I could explain, why each and every album I’ve listed is still very close to my heart, but we would be here until next year, trust me. If you fancy, take a listen, all of the listed albums hold a special place in my heart. And if you fancy sharing your own list, just let me know.
On Friday, the 13th Kodaline released new music video, the first single from their new EP I Wouldn’t Be. You can find it on Spotify and iTunes.
Ready to Change is lyrically a bittersweet song, with a pretty clear chorus.
You can stand on the edge shouting out that you’re ready to change
You can say what you want
You won’t jump, you’re not ready to change, ready to change
The music video is perfectly paired with the lyrics. It tells a story of a Zoo worker, who’s afraid of talking to humans, connecting with animals instead. He ends up being a love interest of a new co-worker. Four-minute-video is filled with adorable animals, a love triangle and heartwarming ending, as we learn, no matter who you are and how hard it is to connect, we all can be happy, if we want it bad enough.
The video was shot entirely in Fota Wildlife Park in Cork, Ireland, featuring not only the animal residents, but also staff members as extras. The location fees were donated to Red Panda Forest Guardian Project in Nepal.
On June 23rd Kodaline debuted with the very anticipated video for Brother, an emotional single, indirectly announcing bands 3rd album in progress. Kodaline hasn’t released a possible name nor a date of the upcoming record, currently being on tour and playing Brother as the standard set list track.
Kodaline loves their fans, from delightful concerts and messages, to letting the lucky fans to take over their Facebook page. But the biggest surprise for Polish fans was definitely seeing a video with the acoustic version of Brother recorded in the streets of Warsaw’s old town.
Video starts with a street violinist playing the intro, followed by Steven’s vocals. Kodaline recorded this video by one take, as it appears, with only one guitar and perfect vocals. You can tell, it was totally unexpected, as people wandering around are taken by surprised by an Irish stars casually wandering around narrow streets.
Kodaline posted the video with a note stating, it’s just the beginning of an unplugged series, so stay tuned to see, if your city will be next.
For more information you can visit Clash Magazine.
This year was full of ups and downs, but filled with live music. To know me a bit more, I need to tell you, I was always afraid of crowds. So much so I was not attending any big events. First concert I attended (I’m not talking about the small “accidental” ones) in 2014, being 23. I decided to go big, bought a regular ticket for 30 Seconds to Mars, then an upgrade for a soundcheck and that was basically it. No golden circle, just a “regular Joe” ticket. Being alone in a huge crowd gave me a perspective (after I stopped hyperventilating and calmed myself down). In 2015 I attended only one concert, Royal Blood. It was a slightly smaller event, but it was worth it.
My only new year’s resolution was to see more live music and finally live the life I should. And I have to say, I did it. There are still almost 2 months to go, but I lived this year, I really did.
Beginning of the year I saw Kodaline, then Elliphant. In early June, for the first time ever, I went to a music festival. I got the chance to see Die Antwoord, Tom Odell, Skrillex, MO and Daughter. Couple of weeks later I attended Bring me the Horizon concert. In October me and a friend decided to see MO again, same month I went alone to see Biffy Clyro. Scots were the best of all I saw till now, but all of the concerts were a huge deal for me.
And most importantly, I know I lived.