BLEACHY KEEN

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Surprise- Me again.

I'm gunna cut to the chase here, I'm back home from uni and, while I'm super grateful for how welcoming people have been and how nice it is to not have to worry about whether or not I have any hummus in the fridge {thank you, mum for the endless supply of hummus}, I'm finding it very tricky.

It's so lovely to see friends, family, and my dog. It's fab to be able to come back to my favourite coffee shops, to spend time with my mum, and to be back ringing at home {expect a part 2 to my previous ringing post v v soon}. However, having spent the past 9 months living on my own in a city and being vastly more independent than home allows me to be, it's tough to come back to an entirely different social atmosphere and routine {please tell me any other uni students reading this can relate, thank you}.

In short, I miss Cardiff. I miss the friends I've made there {having friends at uni is great until they move back to Bath, or Telford, or countless other places...or they stay in Wales as you take a 5hr train journey home}.

And most of all, I miss being able to go for a walk without seeing anyone and everyone I've ever known.

So, in light of this desire to avoid small talk with people I haven't seen in god knows how many years and as a way of giving myself a much needed mood boost, I've made a "good mood" playlist.

"wow, you're so interesting and original, Catherine. Please tell me more" I hear you say? Well, you're in luck, kid because that's exactly what I'm going to do.

Of course, I'm not the only one who gets down. So, I thought sharing a few of my favourites from this playlist would be a good idea in case you're also feeling a bit shitty at the moment. {My own oddly structured version of Desert Island Discs, if you will}.

So, here goes...

  • Numero uno- MAYBE SHE by STILL WOOZY

Very much a tune that makes me want to move {the sort of ugly dancing you do by yourself in your bedroom wearing nothing but comfy underwear and a peel off face mask}. There's something about the beats Sven Gamsky {with a name that cool why is he using an alias?} adds to his music that just makes it impossible to sit still. Anyway, this one's a short lil bop and, if I'm honest, I listen to it a lot because it reminds me of when I first met my boyfriend. {There's your mention, Nye}.



  • Number 2- DOPE ON A ROPE by THE GROWLERS

A smashing tune for "I'm confident, determined, watch me go" sort of walking. Indie rock? I don't know, but if you're looking for a massively catchy chorus and a snazzy melody then head right on over to these guys. I've not really listened to any of their other stuff, but if it's anything like this then I'm sure it will be worth a goosey.





  • 3- IF IT WASN'T FOR THE NIGHTS by ABBA

Right, if you know me you know I hate everything about ABBA...apart from this one song. Not only is this one of very few of their songs that isn't massively overplayed {I'm surprised I'm not singing Dancing Queen in my sleep at this rate}, but it reminds me of several red wine and Advocaat infused soirees with two of my favourite people {who are both horrifyingly smart- please come back from Oxford and Cambridge soon, thank you}.



  • No#4- NOTHING'S GUNNA HURT YOU BABY by CIGARETTES AFTER SEX

Not only is this a really sweet song {like uncharacteristically romantic for my tastes}, but it just reminds me of long walks and impromptu trips to vintage stores or piercing shops during my gap year with yet another favourite person. Very much a summer memories sort of song y'know? I think it will forever be one of those bittersweet nostalgic songs that will make me feel all happy and sad and a little bit mushy way into my old age.




  • Five- SOCKBOY by GUS DAPPERTON

Gus Dapperton/Brendan Rice is quite possibly one of my favourite artists and this song from his new album has an intro that makes me wish I could play the guitar. If you're looking for snazzy indie/synth-pop then check him out {and if you're not, still check him out}. I'm yet to listen to a song of his that I dislike. Listening to any of his songs (but definitely this one- NOMADICON is also 11/10) makes me feel just that little bit brighter.



  • 6- FLOWERCHILD (RIVERBANK) by JAY SQUARED ft CURTIS ROACH

A very snazzy lil number: Lo-fi with a really simple chorus, but a v catchy rap. I'm a sucker for lo-fi music (especially hip-hop or jazz) and this is definitely the sort of song I learnt all the words to just so I could rap the entire thing to myself with my hairbrush in front of the mirror. There's something about getting through an entire rap without stuttering that makes you feel like you're 100 times more in control of your life than you were before you pressed play.


  • Seven! LOVE ON THE LINE (CALL NOW) by HER'S

Again, if any of you know me personally you'll know that Her's are my favourite duo in the whole wide world. Their music is just fantastic and they were super duper talented guys. In the early hours of the morning on the 27th of March this year, Stephen, Audun, and their tour manager were killed in a traffic collision on their way to perform at their next gig in California. So, some may think it's odd that I'm including this in a "mood boosting" playlist, but I've never heard music that makes me feel the way theirs does. They were absolute credits to the world and it's so sad that they were taken so young. This is the first song of theirs I ever heard, but I strongly recommend listening to every other tune they released.


  • 八- ARMY DREAMERS by KATE BUSH

Now, I'm a huge Kate Bush fan {I mean huge, raging, fan- I'd dance my way through the entirety of Wuthering Heights in a red chiffon dress in the middle of a woody field if I could}. This is my favourite song of hers and the 'call and response' style of the chorus {as well as everything else about this song} makes me so happy. She's just fantastic and I love nothing more than singing this song at the top of my lungs and butchering every high note that comes my way.


  • 9- BEAUTY LIKE A TIGHTENED BOW by BEATENBERG

You may know these guys from some work they did with Mumford and Sons a few years back, but this song is my favourite of theirs. They're a South African pop band and not only is their music fab, but the music videos they release are always so visually interesting. If this makes you feel a little jazzier then make sure to check out ITHACA, CAMERA, and SOUTHERN SUBURBS {or any of their other songs because their voices are gorgeous}.



  • Last, but certainly not least- THE GOON SHOW

Now, this isn't music related as such, but I grew up listening to this lot thanks to my Grandpapa and can honestly say that I've never not laughed at them. They're my go to whenever I'm feeling down and I can listen to episodes on repeat for hours. So, if you've got a dry sense of humour and you're looking for a laugh {with some fab jazz/boogie woogie interludes and some hilarious jingles thrown in for good measure} then I'd thoroughly recommend listening to THE LOST EMPEROR {my favourite episode}. A group of the most talented comedians to ever exist.


oops...turns out there's a lot more- so here's a few others that I'd really recommend checking out if you're feeling low:

  1. YOU SAY I'M IN LOVE by BANES WORLD

  2. WOLFCAT by STILL WOOZY {basically everything by Still Woozy}

  3. SUNFLOWER by REX ORANGE COUNTY {a genuinely lovely and well written bop}

  4. 59TH STREET BRIDGE SONG by SIMON AND GARFUNKEL {this song is was given the alternative name 'feelin' groovy' for a reason}

  5. JUNKYARD CAT by TRUDY AND THE ROMANCE.

  6. BIZARRE LOVE TRIANGLE '94 by NEW ORDER. {very 80s- that's all I can say}

  7. YELLOW by AMINE {a very funky little bop-uplifting as heck}

  8. WHO'S BEEN SMOKING YOU OUT? by DANNY AND ALEX {these guys have like 5 songs, but they're all worth a listen}

Anyway, that's enough for one day. Thank you for sticking it out till the end and I hope you've found at least one new song (or artist) to add to your collection. However, if this isn't the case and you think all of these are pure trash, then thanks for reading anyway and I hope you get a chance to dance around in your underwear to whatever music gives you a much needed lift.

All my love,


see you soon, baboons x

p.s if you know of any artists similar to those included in the ramble above then let me know!

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