Lily's lockdown picks

Lily Holbrook lays down her lockdown picks

Lily Holbrook
5th June 2020
Insta: @harrystyles

You don't need me to tell you that it's been a roller-coaster of a last couple of months. From exams to exercise, here are some of the songs that have defined my lockdown experience...

'The Birthday Party' - The 1975

By far my most listened to song of lockdown, I found myself with this song constantly on repeat as I worked on my final assessments. With the lyrics ingrained in my head as they came back round every 5 minutes, it's a song that became a part of lockdown and one I will associate with these final months of my undergrad degree for a long time.

'If You Think This Is Real Life' - Blossoms

The title of this song pretty much says it all about the current situation. We're living in a reality that is in many ways unbelievable and while the title of this tune is a surefire reminder of that, the meaning appears altogether different. Talking about fractured relations between maybe lovers maybe friends, the funky first track of their 2020 album Foolish Loving Spaces is sure to offer perfect workout motivation as it gets you singing and dancing along.

'Eugene' - Arlo Parks

This was Greg James' Radio 1 tune of the week a few weeks back and with its stripped back chill vibes, it makes the ideal evening listen. A 19 year old singer-songwriter on the rise, the honesty of Arlo's tracks as she deals with topics from depression to sexuality have struck a chord with many.

'Level Of Concern' - Twenty One Pilots

Another song to define life in lockdown, this is a tune that I've found myself drawn to since I first heard it. With opening lyrics "Panic on the brain, world has gone insane" the song sums up a crazy few months. But despite all the madness, the tune offers hope that things will be okay and I've come to appreciate it more and more every time I listen.

'Watermelon Sugar' - Harry Styles

When the hotly anticipated music video came out on May 18th, Harry Styles' Watermelon Sugar offered a sweet reminder of the summer that could have been. Opening with yellow words on a black screen, 'THIS VIDEO IS DEDICATED TO TOUCHING', seeing clips of Styles surrounded by girls and watermelons on sunny beaches was a distant dream from the world we're all living in. While we might not literally be with all our friends eating strawberries on a summer evening, the song is a perfect summery tune to pretend things are all okay.

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AUTHOR: Lily Holbrook
MA Media & Journalism student and science sub-editor for the 20/21 academic year.

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