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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“I was mostly …

“I was mostly inspired by relationships I know, from seeing how hard it is to get out of something that is both beautiful and deadening. For me, the butterflies symbolize beautiful, perfect things that die fast.”
– Alma Har’el

Live…

This is a very complex and difficult subject I chose to discuss tonight. I mean, all my writings are part of this subject to a certain extend, and this article may seem a little too general. I am not planning to write a novel yet, so I will try to be as brief as I can, without forgetting the main ideas that made me want to write this.

Recently, I talked to a very good friend of mine, and I explained him that I was afraid of not living for real. Indeed, I am always waiting for something in the future to come. Let’s take the example of my year in Dublin. Since I am in university, for two years now, I have been waiting for this moment, this special time when I finally go abroad. As I expect this trip to be special, I feel like all the time which separates me from September is “a waste of time”. I know I could make some efforts and try to enjoy every moment, but I just can’t. This scares me a lot because I am afraid this could happen to me for my entire life.

Also, I wanted to discuss another point which distresses me. How can you be sure that you are enjoying your life if you are not exposing the real you. We all have our secrets, things we hide to protect ourselves or others, or just because we don’t want to deceive people. Of course, we could learn to live with these secrets and reach a certain degree of happiness. However, as far as I am concerned, I am often wondering what would my life be if I revealed some of my secrets. Would life be better? I still have no idea. The only way to know is to tell the truth, to get real, considering any situation it may lead to, good or bad. As we say in France : C’est plus facile à dire qu’à faire!

What’s funny now is that at the exact moment when I am discussing “life”, my brother announces me that I am going to be an uncle in few hours. Anyway.

I know that I could work on these subjects, for myself, and try to make more efforts in participating in life, in enjoying every moment, in getting real and eventually live the life corresponding to my expectations. I just hope that I will be courageous enough to achieve this life before death grabs me.

I thought it could be interesting to tell you which songs I have been listening to while I was writing this article :
Radiohead – Fake Plastic Trees
Sigur Rós – All Alright
Sigur Rós – Von

I find my inspiration listening to Sigur Rós

I thought of many ways to say this but there’s not a hundred of them. I must make it clear, quick and simple : Sigur Rós is the best band I have discovered so far.

Those who know the band won’t ask me why, I assume (unless they dislike it, which I doubt). For people who don’t know the group and are curious enough to check it, I can only encourage you to do so.

Before I knew their music, there was something missing in my life, I was lost in the ocean (cf. Sæglóþur). And then, I discovered Svefn-g-Englar (some of you may know it from 2001 Vanilla Sky). I couldn’t find the words to describe how I felt when I first listened to this song. It was a magic experience, like a dream.

This dream continued when I discovered Valtari. There is no need to say (I say it nevertheless) that I literally felt in love with the music, especially the song Ekki mùkk

My point here is that if you’re (like me) in lack of inspiration sometimes, you can find in their music the comfort you need as well as serenity.

ALL ALRIGHT