Jake’s Monthly Discoveries 30 – December 2020

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Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

5 songs, 16 min listening time.

Author: Jake

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1) “Pretty Please” – Dua Lipa

March was a hectic time. So much so I missed Dua Lipa’s album. Nevertheless, I did eventually revisit it and although it’s a big sprawling mess I did think this track was a cracker. Everything I like about Dua Lipa: fun, a bit of attitude and just a good, decent pop tune. This groovy track is the only mid-tempo song on the record and maybe that’s why it stood out for me and I like it so much.

Album: “Future Nostalgia” (2020)
Label: Dua Lipa Limited under exclusive licence to Warner Records UK

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2) “Your Hero Is Not Dead – Unaccompanied” – Westerman

From Westerman:

“I started teaching myself to play the piano at the start of the first lockdown in the UK. It was helpful to have something new to try and occupy the mind in a period when too much free thinking time was proving damaging. This song closed my album and was meant as a personal call to arms for times of difficulty. It was written as a reminder to look for resilience and the admirable characteristics we pin on others in ourselves. My piano playing is, as you can hear, very basic and full of imperfection, but the point was to create, to meet that challenge in what way I could. It’s important to remember that we can endure and that we learn through periods such as the one we continue to live through. I am happy to share it and would like to thank Fabian Prynn especially for his patience in sitting with me through many botched takes. With love from Will.”

It’s a great track and Westerman is obviously a fast learner.

Single: “Your Hero Is Not Dead – Unaccompanied” (2020)
Label: Play It Again Sam

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3) “Blue” – Sweeping Promises

This Boston based band produce the goods on their debut album. About 1:30 into the song the vocals are really very good.

Single: “Hunger for a Way Out” (2020)
Label: Feel It Records

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4) “True Love Will Find You In The End” – Daniel Johnston

I had known of this song either through indie films or TV shows. However, I never knew who it was by so while playing with Spotify’s radio feature it came up and I fell in love with it again. A terrific, heartbreaking laidback track. Johnston struggled with his mental health throughout his career but he did manage to get a local following in the 80s by handing out tapes of his music when working at McDonald’s. His cult status was propelled when Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain was seen wearing a T-shirt that featured artwork from Johnston’s 1983 album “Hi, How Are You.”

Album: “1990”
Label: Eternal Yip Eye Music

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5) “Feral – letherette Remix” – Elder Island

As shared with friends at the time, if I did drugs this is how I would want it to sound. Very wavy and cool.

Single: “Feral – leatherette Remix” (2020)
Label: Elder Island

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