(click on album titles for links to Spotify)
1. Hamilton - Original Cast Recording
Well, if you follow me on social media, you know about my obsession with this hip-hop musical about one of the founding fathers of the USA. For those who know that I'm not a fan of rap and hiphop, it really is strange to hear me waxing lyrical about this musical and Lin Manuel Miranda and Daveed Diggs and Leslie Odom Jr and Philippa Soo and everyone involved here. It will take me a whole blogpost to talk about why I play the entire album every day (sometimes more than once) so let's save that for another day.
2. When the Light Shines Through - Switchfoot
This is the other album that I listen to every day. Switchfoot, in particular Jon Foreman, always finds a way to articulate in musical form, the deepest longings of my heart (and a lot of my friends can attest to this too. Their newest album does that once again. My favorite song so far is I Won't Let You Go, which is a perfect companion song to my all time favorite Switchfoot song, Let That Be Enough, and my 2nd all time favorite Switchfoot song, Enough To Let Me Go (do you see a pattern here?).
(no video yet for the song, but here's Float which they shot in Tondo)
3. Cheers To The Fall - Andra Day
When I first came across her album, I thought it was an unreleased Amy Winehouse record. She sounds uncannily like the late singer. But the more I listen to her, the more I can see how her voice is just as amazing in its own right. Her song Rise Up is such a beautiful "you can do it" motivational anthem. Oh, and she's on the cover of the new issue of Relevant!
4. Arigato, Internet by Reese Lansangan
I first fell in love with her voice and her tongue in cheek songwriting when I heard Grammar Nazi. And the more I listen to her, the more I want to become her friend. And when NMFTV started posting videos of her live performances, all the more that I want to listen to her all day (in between Hamilton breaks of course).
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5. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead
This band will always be one of those artists that I need to have playing when I want to zone out and write or just stare dreamily into space. Their latest album brings more of the same, but with a more painful, sometimes bitter, sound and look at the end of relationships and loss of humanity and all the things that make us want to question what is it that we live for. So yes, not the album to listen to if you're looking for something joyful.
Other albums on constant repeat:
- i like it when you sleep for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it - The 1975
- Human Eyes - Clara Benin
- The Colour in Anything - James Blake
- In Colour - Jamie XX
- Of Dirt and Grace - Hillsong United
- Hardlove - Need To Breathe