Music is a large part of my everyday life. As much as I have the need to keep up with all the latest albums being released; I have seemingly endless school work to get done. To kill two birds with one stone, I put on new albums for background noise. I need fast-paced tunes, sweet vocals, and originality in music that I put on for background noise to keep my energy and inspiration levels high.
The music that grabs my attention away from studying and forces my brain to pay attention to the song is generally how I determine its worth for repeated listening. Here are the top 5 albums that potentially lowered my grade, but raised my spirit
5. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Sex & Food
I have been a fan of UMO for a couple years now. I loved Multi-Love from 2015 and went to a concert for that tour. I did not have high expectations for Sex & Food. I expected the band to take a step back and create a little more eclectic album to challenge their fans – a Nirvana type move. I was dead wrong.
This album grabbed me by the ears and dragged me to the speaker 46 seconds into the album. I had to listen to it a few times through before I could successfully put it in the back of my brain and use it as inspiration to keep on reading and writing.
4. La Luz – Floating Features
La Luz is a surf rock band that released their 3rd full-length album this year. These loud rockers hail from Seattle, and their guitar playing reflects their roots. The guitar work is originally what caught my attention, not to wild but not too loose, perfectly precise. When I first gave Floating Features a listen, the candy-sweet voice of the singer made me think back on my biggest dreams.
I was reminded of all my hopes and aspirations. The sound of her voice would fit perfectly in a cliche scene of somebody looking out a car window on a rainy day. This band has the ability to remind you that all the work you’re putting into whatever it is that you’re working on will be worth it in the end.
3. Dr. Dog – Critical Equation
Dr. Dog is one of my favorite bands, I am always trying to get other people to listen to their music but their placement on this list is genuine, I promise. The second track on this album – “Go Out Fighting” – might as well be the anthem for all university students.
The quirkiness of Dr. Dog is what grabbed my attention, there’s a sense of comfort given to you when you listen to their music, you feel a freedom to be yourself, whoever that might be. I highly recommend checking out their entire discography for more comforting music.
2. Jill Scott – By Popular Demand
Jill Scott is a powerhouse of a singer. She has incredible talent, obvious passion, and the confidence that everybody should have. “Golden” is a standout track, showing off her skill, and in my eyes, giving a nod to Amy Winehouse with how she belts out the lyrics. This album gave me a serious confidence boost. It just made me feel good about myself and put a smile on my face. Jill has been making impactful music for almost as long as I have been alive, and she continues to be a master.
1. Shame – Songs Of Praise
Shame is the top album that distracted me from studying this year. This album is loud, angry, raunchy and poetic. As I am usually pessimistic, I tend to relate to music that relates to things that are wrong with the world and within society. Songs Of Praisecontinually fed the fire within me to try and make a difference in changing things for the better wherever I can.
This album was such a large inspiration in my life that I like to think that it drove me to even enrolling in post-secondary. If you are a fan of rock, alternative, punk, or any hard-hitting instrumental bands, this album is waiting patiently for you to come and join the fan club.
My music taste may differ from yours, but I tried to make this list as accessible as possible. These albums were a continuous inspiration for my schooling and all students could use some inspiration. The work may get overwhelming, and you may question why you are putting the effort into but these albums helped me along the way, and I can only hope that this music can help more people.