Mellow Mondays #2

Hey, everyone! It’s Arianna here!

I hope you festive friends have had a wonderful Christmas and are now enjoying your annual Boxing Day. I’m looking forward to the beginning of the New Year and I hope you are too. But there’s something else I’m looking forward to: it is, of course, Mellow Mondays. Rachel’s already beat me to the first post. So, I’m here to kickstart my first entry of this series!

(Gosh, I hope we stick to this!)

Come Around Sundown by Kings of Leon (2010)

The first album I want to talk about in this series is one of my all time favourites. Come Around Sundown is the perfect tool for relaxation, studying and for exerting an overall mellow-jam experience. I swear by this album for many reasons – one of the reasons being that I find Caleb’s voice very versatile. He has a sexy, husky raspiness to his lungs, and it certainly allows for both an easy-listening experience and intense experience of pure eargasm.

I also find this album very thought-provoking. This is one of the main reasons why I listen to it – to use it for revision or when I am writing essays. It’s a pretty slow-paced album – Radioactive and Mary being the worst examples of this deduction, but the rest of the album is pretty chill and doesn’t distract me whilst my little brain is ticking away.

In an article written in NME by Luke Lewis, he describes the album as being “so desperate to prove its own authenticity it forgets to be remotely moving”. Don’t let this put you off because, quite frankly, this entire statement is, in Hagrid’s words, codswallop. Personally speaking, I believe this album to be one of KOL’s best works, if not, the best album that they have ever produced. And “forgets to be remotely moving”? Listen to Pyro or The Face, pal, and come back to me when you’re drowning in your own tears.

So, in terms of my favourite, it’s very difficult for me to pick a definitive favourite from the 13-track album. But I definitely have my favourites. Plural. I think Pyro and The Face are beautiful, so they’re definitely up there. I love the country-like nature of Back Down South – I’m a sucker for a bit of ol’ country and Back Down South is one of my personal, classic car-journey bangers. However, the one that I find myself listening to the most from the album is The Immortals. I could listen to it on repeat for days on end because the chorus is magical. The guitar is magical. Caleb’s voice is magical. Lyrics? Magical. It’s a true depiction of self-discovery. I find myself listening to this one the most when I am feeling down, anxious or stressed. It reminds me to keep calm and just take life as it comes – to ‘spill out on the streets of stars and ride away’ on the adventure that life brings.

(Well… That turned unexpectedly emotional.)

The entire album can be found on Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, and I fully recommend that you listen to the entire album through at least once. Close your eyes, press play and let Caleb and the guys transport you in to a realm of goosebumps.

I’ll leave you with the entire album as a little Christmas treat.
FULL ALBUM HERE! (via YouTube)

See ya later, gang. Enjoy!
– Ari x

Mellow Monday!

Talking to Arianna on the 17th I told her about the two new features I came up with for the blog, Mellow Monday has to be our favourite of the two. We are both massive music lovers, spanning across many genres and languages, and we would love recommending and telling you about the music we love. We are going to do one each bi-weekly giving us both enough time to cultivate a good-read post.

So today is my first Mellow Monday post! And today I’m going to share with you SECHSKIES. Now SECHSKIES are very old Korean-pop group. Not to go into too much detail, whereby this becomes a biography – they debuted back in 1997, when I was a wee baby of 1 years old, and had an amazing career. They had a ‘rival’ band called H.O.T – I say rival band, but it’s like the friendly rivalry between Take That and East 17. They were signed under DSP Entertainment and had an amazing stage presence, a massive fanclub and some really touching and incredible songs. Many fans were distraught when they disbanded back in 2000 – what a start to millennium.

The reason I am sharing my love for SECHSKIES, is because this year in 2016, they have made a comeback! They have remastered some of their classic and most popular songs. The one at the top is from 1998 and it’s called Couple. I love how simplistic and mellow the song is. It really shows the progression of K-pop from when they first debuted to now with modern bands storming the charts.

I’m not going to say I came out the womb being a YellowKies (formally DSF – this is their fanclub name), but I learnt of them and my affection for the band grew after religiously watching the drama ‘Reply 1997’ – There is a post in the making about good dramas I think you should watch ^.^

So I’ll end this post here with another of my favourite songs called Three Words

All rights on the music videos go to YG Entertainment and SECHSKIES

Late of course but Photography Friday 

I didn’t think it was physically possible to miss a day, but with being at work up until 2 hours ago, I managed to forget Friday existed. Thus I miss my cue to blog – I make myself chuckle at my stupidity. But alas here is my first Photography (not)Friday … this is near my work and it’s just so pretty to look at whilst smoking. 
Enjoy and have a great Christmas to all who celebrate.

New Features!

“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt” – The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath; Sylvia Plath.

So I’ve been racking my brain endlessly to find things to blog about – it becomes increasing difficult to fathom ideas as 1) My brain is fried from work; 2) I’m always exhausted; and 3) My creative mojo has basically shrivelled up and died.

But as I mentioned in the previous post I’ve been somewhat enrolled on the Fundamentals of Blogging course provided by WordPress, and I’ve decided, like day 14 suggests, to start a feature on my blog. I’m going to push the boat out and do 2 but I feel like I can do it.

The first feature is going to be called ‘Mellow Mondays’. Cliche I know but it’s pretty much going to be a weekly post about my new favourite album or song at the time. It might be a short review or just a few words about it but I haven’t decided the final layout. I mean this will be an interesting thing to start as I have always been very opinionated about music, and I listen to music from a broad spectrum of genres so it’ll be fun.

The second feature will be ‘Photography Friday!’ I was considering playing with the name and spelling photography with an F for alliteration purposes but I could see it bothering me every time I glance at a post. If anyone here also follows my second blog Aimotion then you will see some of the pictures I’ve posted on there, but I feel like this could make for a nice feature on the blog as well.

I’m going to leave this post here. I’m tired and I’ve got some things to do around the house before I sleep. The first of each feature will be up starting next week Monday and Friday so stay tuned!

Have an amazing week guys!