Feeling moody? Pick a mood, we’ve got your personal soundtrack covered here. 8 vibey recent releases from all around the world.
Mood: so over you
Witty, punchy and raw – punk attitude spread thick on 90s indie toast. Crank this one up when you’ve the one who’s supposed to hold you down starts holding you back.
Swirling alt rock ballad from an artist unafraid to share their personal journey with us. They explain: “There are a lot of people I’m close with that are incredibly against my coming out as non-binary. And as much as I don’t want to be alone, a part of me knows I have to let these people go. And this song is really about that. Being unapologetically myself has been a big turning point for my life & music and is why I wanted to make the album art a picture of me in makeup. As scary as it is, I want people to see the real me.” More power to your elbow, Nghtfall.
Lush Fleetwood Mac-tastic harmonies take us on a dreamy journey back in time – beautiful observations of childhood, a yearning for freedom, acceptance, belonging, and the importance of self love. Roll down your car windows and crank this dreamy anthem as you sing along and tell your younger self, “I’d love you better the second try!”
Mood: got to dump them
They call this ‘bubble grunge’ and we’re totally here for it. An emphatic delivery for the soundtrack that awkward moment when you realise that special someone is actually a wrong’un, and you’ve now got to make that final call. Oof. So much braver than a text …
Mood: top of the class
‘The A Plus’ by Coastal Town, teen band from Vancouver, Canada. Instagram
As a mum and a teacher, I thoroughly tick (with the green pen) this proud “Nerd Rock Anthem” – studying hard is cool, after all. Do your reading, turn up on time, think critically, play punk rock, smash the capitalist patriarchy. This gets an A+ from me.
Mood: melancholic surf
Feeling blue but the waves are calling? Here’s your themetune.
Mood: so in love it hurts
Swirling guitars, splashy drums and dreamily swooping vocals. Music to dance round your bedroom to with your eyes closed, lost in a mega crush. Best feeling ever!
Mood: in a John Hughes movie
Misplaced young love, intense feelings you don’t know really what to do with yet, and a kooky best friend. This beautifully 80s song will have you punching the air.