Prisoner of Bastille


Well, this was a weekend to get lost in music. I used to do that all the time as I sat at my computer and blogged or fooled around with the coding on this site. Lately, not so much. I'll either be catching up with TV on the DVR, OnDemand, or Netflix, usually simultaneously drawing or going through things to sell on eBay. During the week I have work, like anyone, so the only spare moments I have for music are on the exercise bike, but half the time I'll be again catching up on TV or playing iPad games. I was engrossed in logo design this weekend, but I also managed to get a lot of music in while folding laundry, cleaning up bookmarks across devices, and a myriad of other things.

It's so nice to discover music again. It's rare to find a new favorite band, but on Friday I fell in love with Bastille. The title of their EP is "Haunt," which is so fitting since it's the first word that came to mind when I heard "Things We Lost in the Fire" and "Pompeii," and lines like "Great clouds roll over the hills, bringing darkness from above." What do I look for in music? Whatever affects me when I first hear it: the voices, the instruments, the lyrics, the image it creates. All of these things individually can make an appealing piece, but sometimes everything comes together perfectly. Sometimes a band has a certain sound that I can't get enough of, something special that can't quite be articulated. It's just a feeling like it was always meant to exist and I wonder how I went so long without it.

No doubt I am getting Bad Blood when it comes out in September. I would buy the Bad Blood import now, but the US edition is going to have three extra songs. In the meantime I'll have to wear out these two on YouTube. I have listened to a few others, but I don't want to spoil myself. I was one of those kids that could wait until Christmas to open my presents. ;) Ooh, September! That reminds me I have to put Iron Man 3 in my cart.

After replaying those two amazing songs by Bastille over and over, here are some others I enjoyed this weekend:

Yes, this one is from 2012. I love some Lifehouse songs, but I was never a big enough fan to keep up.

This singer's voice reminded me of The Young Dubliners.

Bonus Video: "Pompeii" for some reason made me think of this song, which I heard months ago.


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