Writers Recommendations – Amanda Kilfeather

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1ToJQnYJSlJm1xBPdgUJo1?si=S0-2IKQORMuqYbfrC7Qbcg

It’s been a mad couple of months, this pandemic patter ae? This year was set up to be a bit of a rollercoaster as it was, particularly these last few weeks – I should’ve been wrapping up the last few days of my undergrad degree, and celebrating final exams with pints and pals. Instead, I submitted my last assessment at half three on a Saturday morning, at my desk on my Todd in my bedroom. I should’ve had my Breakfast Club moment, reenacting that fist pump to ‘(Don’t You) Forget About Me‘. Instead I found myself tuned in to James Murphy asking ‘where are your friends tonight?’ on LCD Soundsystem track, ‘All My Friends‘. But it’s not all doom and gloom, a lot of class things have occurred in spite [and as a result] of lockdown – mostly down to music.

Top of the list has to be the release of ‘Fame Whore‘ from Fake Lips. Gary and Michael has smashed it out the park with this debut. They’ve put so much time, effort and passion in to their work to give an explosive start to this new project, and for that I could not be more proud. And as a long time friend and supporter of their music, I’m over the moon to now be playing a part in their management.

Getting time back from studying has also meant I’ve had more time to devote to delving in to grassroots and local music scenes, and so I’d be lying if I said ‘Fortify‘ from Static Satellites hadn’t been on repeat since it’s release. An absolute screamer of a single.

Of course, I wouldn’t be sat here ranting and writing about all the music I’m listening to and loving if it wasn’t for The Music Files blog itself. This collective of equally passionate music fans has resulted in a newfound friend group (big ups the LiveStreamTeam), and so hearing tracks like ‘Bros‘ – Wolf Alice has got me daydreaming about all the future gigs and nights out. They’re just round the corner.

P.S. ‘The Night‘ by Frankie Vallie & the Four Seasons deserves an honorary mention, for being a toe-tappin’ classic capable of lifting the worst of moods and brightening the greyest of days. A wee bit of Northern Soul never never hurt nobody.

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