Musical Prozac: Arctic Monkeys, Frank Ocean and More

Posted on March 13, 2014 by
Arctic Monkeys

This week, we had a taste of spring followed by a reminder from Mother Nature that winter is cruel and never ending. Here are some tunes that will help you to power through what is (hopefully!) the last of the dog days of winter.

“Arabella” by Arctic Monkeys

Try as I might, I cannot resist Alex Turner. His voice, his look, his Elvis-like hair all causes me to swoon on a frequent basis. This is the latest video from the Monkeys’ truly awesome AM (seriously, this album is amazing. Please buy it), and an absolute banger of a track.

“Hero” by Frank Ocean, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, Diplo

Okay, so when I read the list of artists involved with this project I freaked my freak a little bit. I am a longtime love of The Clash (lord(e) help you if you’ve never heard of them) so the fact that original Clash members Mick Jones and Paul Simonon were doing a song with Diplo and Frank Ocean filled me with a warm feeling of hope and comfort. This song has the ska feel of old school Clash songs with the production value brought by more modern artists. Mmm. It’s absolutely lovely. Download it for free on Soundcloud.

“Love Me Like I’m Not Made of Stone” by Lykke Li

Since this video was released last week, I’ve been hearing about it on various social media platforms. This song is heart wrenching but beautiful, and the same could be said for the video. It’s songs like this that help me through with week thanks to a cathartic cry.

“Coming of Age” by Foster the People

Although I wasn’t born until 1992 I have always had a deep love of New Wave music, and this song just has a really great 80’s feel about it. Also it’s been stuck in my head since I heard it on the radio two weeks ago. Indie 88 strikes again.

“Real” by Years and Years

The immediate draw of this video is actor/model/sex god Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (of Misfits fame) dancing in a club. But then…a wild Ben Whishaw appears! It’s super effective! My interest is peaked! In all seriousness though this song is *Tom Haverford voice* dope. Check out Years and Years’ EPs Real and Trap on iTunes.

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