Quarantine is such a weird time for all of us and something that’s helping us get through is music so I thought we’d use this spare time to update our playlists. 

Twenty One Pilots – Level of Concern 

We got a lot of love for Twenty One Pilots on our Instagram stories recently (follow us @siferofficall) so we thought we’d give them a try. Every song will give you a different genre so it is definitely hard to categorise them into just one thing so there will be something that fits everyone’s tastes. Their latest single, Level of Concern, is a perfect dance-pop time capsule of what’s happening in the world right now. It was made to be an upbeat distraction and they have said they want the song to encourage hope for fans. 

Also, a portion of the money made from this song will also go to Crew Nation who provide funding for people who work in the live music industry. Check out more work they do – https://www.livenationentertainment.com/crewnation/ 

Paramore – Pool 

Despite this album being released in 2017, I have fallen back in love with Paramore’s After Laughter. All the songs on this album are so cohesive with all the songs following the same sounds which connect them all together so every time I listen I have a new favourite as they are all the similar but completely different at the same time. This time around my favourite is Pool. Obviously very different if you compare it to other songs like “When The Flames Begin” it feels like the bright light at the end of the tunnel watching them come from this dark stage to this bright, fun, pop era as a band. I’m also loving “Simmer” by Hayley Williams as a solo artist, watch this space for more Petals for Armour music coming soon!

Skies – Dusk

I don’t have a favourite Skies song as I have changed which song I want to write about at least 5 times before I settled on Dusk. It feels brand new and from the ’80s at the same time. I am in love with anything synth/electro (with handpicked pop and rock elements) so they tick all the boxes for me. If you don’t know who they are now, you absolutely will in a few years as this local two-piece are unstoppable with their drive and passion for music. 

If you want to check them out, they do a live stream on all their socials, including Facebook, Instagram and Youtube @skiesoffical, every day besides Sunday! 

Miley Cyrus – The Most

Forget everything you thought you knew about Miley Cyrus and listen to the She Is Coming EP by Miley Cyrus. Yes okay, we all have different opinions on here but I honestly think this is beautiful. We have really watched this young woman grow and you can feel the raw emotion in her music. The themes of empowerment and freedom which flow through her sound in her newer music provide a cathartic release and musical therapy for her and her fans. 

The 1975 – It’s Not Living If It’s Not With You

I listened to Chocolate when it was first released about 6 years ago and probably didn’t listen to another The 1975 song until I saw them at Reading Festival and I needed to hear more. I just said Skies felt very 80’s but this is even more so with even the music video being a parody of the era. The video feels very Black Mirror with a drug addiction recovery as its main theme but that’s how the band gets you to keep on listening to explore what they’ll do next. Chill, catchy pop where the three words I first wrote down to describe them and I realised my music follows the same vibe. All being very synth, very fun but calm at the same time which is why I wanted to include them as this connotes a change of pace for everyone right now which is just to relax, stay safe and wait for normality again. 

Check out Sifer’s teams other Spotify Playlists as Josh explores the women in rock with other favourites like Vukovi and Yonaka, and Kevin who took a very different approach on the subject and gave me his shower playlist…. 

#staysafe #stayhome #begreenbeloud #itswhatwedo 

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