Four bands/singers who inspire me

As I am trying to develop my blog and talk more about art in general, I thought now is the time to tell you about some music I love. I have hundreds of bands and singers I like, so I had to reduce to a top four. I was about to present five but I don’t want the article to be too long. Below, you’ll find some information about them, as well as links to their Spotify pages and my favourite song for each.


1/ Sigur Ros

Born in 1994 in Iceland, the band quickly became famous around the world, thanks to the singularity of their music style. For instance, Jonsi (the lead singer), plays the electric guitar with a bow. I could do research to tell you the exact music genre, but that’s not funny. I think we could call it psychedelic, post-rock.

I have seen them live in Lille a few years ago and to this day, it is still the best concert I went to. They pay a lot of attention to the atmosphere, playing with lights and displaying clips on a screen.

Talking about the visual aspects of Sigur Ros, they have done many things over the years After an international tour, they went back to Iceland and played in different places around the country for free, to thank the population who made them who they are. They made a film, Heima, which gives a great overview of their music, as well as landscapes of Iceland. They also asked famous filmmakers to create clips for their album Valtari, and the result is amazing, and available on the band’s Youtube channel. More recently, they organised a festival in Reykjavik, in the beautiful Harpa (I have some pictures of the building, just click).

I could talk about them for hours, they are definitely my top 1.

Link to their Spotify : HERE.

Favourite song : Ekki Mukk (Valtari album)


2/ Antony and the Johnsons (now Anohni)

Antony Hegarty created the band in 1998. I actually do not know a lot of the history of the band, but I don’t think it would make a difference to know anything. What is special is Antony’s voice, which is one of an angel (I could have said the same thing about Jonsi in Sigur Ros), a voice so powerful that it made me shiver many nights. I have written many poems listening to Antony and the Johnsons.

Antony also worked with many artists I love, including Lou Reed, on the album The Raven (for those who love Edgar Allan Poe, it’s amazing), Björk and Leonard Cohen among others. Okay, I’ll quote CocoRosie too !

As Anohni, the music evolved to an experimental electronic genre. Even tough I liked the album Hopelessness (2016) a bit less, I was still enjoying the powerful voice of the artist.

Link to their Spotify : HERE.

Favourite songs : Hope there’s someone // Fistful of Love


3/ The Smiths (I am actually listening right now)

If you love British Indie rock bands from the 1980s, The Smiths is perfect for you. With Morrissey as lead singer, the group quickly became top of the charts.

What I love about them is how they mix genres, making each album a unique piece. I mean, if you listen to “This Charming Man” and “Asleep”, you’ll understand what I mean. Some of their songs are very melancholic while others can be more joyful.

Influenced by the Punk movement, The Smiths also used their music to convey political messages, including their views on Thatcherism or on the treatment of animals (Meat is Murder, 1985).

Link to their spotify : HERE.

Favourite song : Asleep


4/ Pink Floyd

Okay, I feel like if I tried to explain what Pink Floyd are, I would make a fool of myself. First, because I think they are famous enough ; second because they are so many different things. So I won’t go into details on the history on the band, which can be easily found online anyways.

Pink Floyd make me dream.

Every album is unique and you can really see an evolution between the early period and the most recent works. As I do not want to describe each album, I will just focus on two, that have really inspired me.

The Dark Side of the Moon is maybe the most famous one (after The Wall). It is thanks to this work that I have discovered the band. It could work as a single song, each track following the previous one with perfection.

Atom Heart Mother dates back to their early period (1970). With a 23-minute suite as a first song, it is a trip of the mind through different genres, including some opera voices at some point. The last song, “Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast” even includes recording of sounds of chewing and cutlery hitting china. It is definitely an experience which goes beyond music itself.

Okay, I only said two albums but I just want to make a reference to Animals (1977) because it was inspired by George Orwell’s Animal Farm and I love both works so much.

Link to their Spotify : HERE.

Favourite song : Echoes (23 minutes)

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My first exhibition!

If you go back a few months on my blog, you’ll see that I went to Iceland in July. I have published a few pictures, but not my favorite ones. I knew already that I was going to have them exhibited and didn’t want to spoil the surprise (for those who would be able to see it).

The exhibition (which I called Ég tala ekki íslensku*) has started this morning in my favorite café in Boulogne-sur-Mer (North of France), the Kawa Coffee House. I am really happy that it is taking place there, as I consider that place as my second home.

The photographs can be seen until the end of January. There might be another exhibition somewhere else but I still need confirmation, so hurry up if you’d like to discover a part of my work.

 

*I don’t speak Icelandic

Geysir – Iceland 2016

I recently published pictures of Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik and I thought tonight was a good time for some landscape pictures.

This is the site where Geysir is and from the top of the mount at the back of the first picture, we had an amazing view on a valley with streams and colourful grounds.

I wish the sky had been blue for better pictures. I’m really not good with grey skies.IMG_9725IMG_9741

Goodbye! Hello! See you soon!

Goodbye!

I remember one year ago approximately, I wrote an article about me going to Dublin as an Erasmus student. Well, here I am, 12 months later, on the edge of leaving Dublin. I wish I could find the words to describe my experience here, but I am afraid I couldn’t write an article good enough to gather the memories of the past few months. Of course, I can say it was amazing. I could also tell you that I have met wonderful people, seen nice places and most of all, drank a lot of beer and wine. But unfortunately, it would not express the many different feelings overwhelming me. So Dublin, here’s a goodbye. I will be back (if flights are still cheap).

Hello!

Of course, when a chapter ends, a new one starts. I have recently received a reply concerning my application as a French Language Assistant in England for next year, and it was positive. Few days later, I found out that I would probably be in the north of England, in one of these regions (until I am contacted by the school, I cannot be precise) : Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire. I am of course excited about spending a whole new year in England, meeting new people, seeing new places and finally learning about teaching English pupils.

See you soon!

Soon is maybe not the right word. I wanted to talk about a new project I have, and I know that when I talk about my projects on the Internet, I always try to give the best of myself to realize them. Among a few trips on the continent next year (England, Ireland again, Spain, Italy and Germany; let’s hope I will respect my promises), I am planning a one-month trip to Iceland for the summer (of 2015). Checking the prices of the flights, I could easily go for 300-400€ (for a return) during summer. My plan there would be to work in a farm (via the woofing organisation) and try to visit the Icelandic lands as much as I can in a month.
I tell myself that I have a whole year before it will happen but I get really excited just by thinking of it.

If I manage to travel as much as I have said in the article, I promise you nice pictures and some poetry.


Thanks to all of you who followed my adventures in Dublin, I promise you more! (Paris in a few days)

 

ImageProbably my last picture of Dublin on this blog : Killiney Hill