The Melodic, Jangly guitar and dreary vocals of The Queen Is Dead (1986) transport the listener to a grey, working-class English town, and to a sense of ennui that hangs thick in the air. Music's biggest narcissist Morrisey manages to endear the listener to him through despairing navel-gazing, in classic songs like There is a Light That Never Goes Out and Bigmouth Strikes Again, which both describe toxic relationships and the self pity and recklessness that come with them. Simultaneously upbeat and depressing, The Queen is Dead is an indie classic not to be missed.
Released in September of 2020 (The first year of the pandemic), Untitled (Rise) brings a genre-transcending sound, refusing to colour within the lines. The album starts with the song 'Strong', and layers an R&B Bassline then adds vibrant synths and melodic vocals. The album is an experience and can cater to any mood with its versatile sound.
A Tribe Called Quest's album Hits, Rarities and Remixes exhibits the fun-loving fusion of hip-hop and jazz that boomed in the mid-80's music scene in St. Albans, NY. Originally produced by the rapper Q-tip, the album seamlessly weaves their grainy, mischievous voices into the deeply chilled island beats of Jeep Funk. Mixing tracks like 'Electric Relaxation', 'Bonita Applebum' and 'Mr. Incognito' with snare sounds and cartoon whistles, this group pioneered alternative hip-hop jazz-rap and cannot be slept on!
Howard Shore's soundtrack to The Lord of the Rings trilogy brings J.R.R. Tolkien's vibrant world to life, immersing the listener in Middle Earth. From the rolling hills of Hobbiton to the sweeping plains of Rohan, the depths of Moria to the heights of Mount Doom, the halls of Gondor to the shores of the Gray Havens, Shore's music encapsulates the trilogy's atmosphere. Follow the Fellowship on their epic journey across Middle Earth through this incredible score.