We’re nearly halfway through 2018, and I’m worried.
I’m worried because out of all the albums and singles that have already come out this year, I’m yet to be excited by music in 2018. Heck, by now I’ve usually got a couple of albums of the year contenders. It’s May, and I’m struggling to think of even one.
You’re probably reading this and thinking “what’s the problem?”, but music is basically my life. To me, there’s no better feeling than listening to something new and exciting, or discovering a band you’ve never heard of before who you know that you’re going to fall in love with.
I don’t think it helps that 2017 was such a killer year for music, because damn it was amazing. Off the top of my head there was Paramore, Manchester Orchestra, Lorde and SO much more. AND lets not forget about The Greatest Showman soundtrack, one of the greatest musical offerings in the history of ever.
But 2018? Bands I had high hopes for have left me disappointed, whilst it feels like some of my old favourites haven’t even tried to deliver the goods this year. I’m going to take this opportunity to mention the new Thirty Seconds To Mars album, because what even was that? What a hot mess.
I guess it’s not all bad – The Xcerts brought out a pretty good album, Panic! At The Disco sound like they’re going to build on how great Death of a Bachelor was, and LSD are a thing now, which could turn into something pretty special since Sia is a queen who turns everything she touches to gold. Oh, and the latest #Hamildrop, First Burn, has basically been on constant repeat since release because OH MY GOD SO GOOD.
But that’s kind of it, and in the back of my mind I can’t help but worry that the albums aren’t the problem.
Everyone else seems pretty happy with 2018, so what if I’m the problem when it comes to music? Is it possible that I’m starting to fall out of love with music, that I’ve finally burnt myself out? OR maybe I’m worrying too much, and 2018 has just left me a bit jaded. Who knows.
Sure, I could continue to spin the albums I’ve been listening to for 10 years now. I could go to festivals, watching bands I’ve been seeing since I was a teen with an obnoxiously large fringe. It’s the safe option, and it’s the option that’s never going to disappoint me (unlike the Thirty Seconds To Mars album, which really was incredibly disappointing trash).
But I don’t want to play it safe.
I want songs that I can’t get out of my head when I listen to them. I want an album that I can really sink my teeth into. Something that I need to replay as soon as the last track finishes.
I want something new.
This is where I need you guys to step in. What music can you recommend to me right now? And for the love of god don’t say Arctic Monkeys.