This Week

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For last week’s post, click here.

This week I’ve been mostly listening to…

Top Artists
5. Zebrahead
I mentioned earlier this week, that I had began to listen to more punk-rock. Zebrahead are one of the bands that I have been listening to in the process. Since seeing them live in London in November, Zebrahead are slowly growing on me and have been played 18 times this week.  
4. Brolin
Brolin is the first of 3 artists in this weeks top 5, that I’ve only just started listening to this week (as mentioned in my New Music Discovery post). Brolin’s music makes for a relaxed easy listen that fans of all genres can appreciate. Brolin has been played 21 times this week.
3. Bassnectar
Bassnectar is an artist I started listening to on a “recreational” trip to Amsterdam back in June. Although his latest album has been out for a while now, I have only recently given it a listen. Listening to my favourite songs off the album a couple times, plus a few old favourites meant Bassnectar racked up 23 plays this week.
2. Arre! Arre!
Only just ahead of Bassnectar with 24 plays, and at number 2 this week, is Arre! Arre! A Swedish surf/rock/riot punk band that I only just started listening to this week. The all female band effortlessly manage to create good punk rock music with elements of surf and riot punk, to mix catchy rifts with thought provoking lyrics.
1. High Tyde
High Tyde are the band that I took to most this week and lead the pack with 34 plays. The indie rock band from Brighton have started gathering pace with the release of their latest EP, “Glow”. With a number of interviews with various publications and being picked up by BBC Introducing, 2016 looks to be a good year for High Tyde.

Tops Albums*
5. Glow by High Tyde
My top artist this week comes in at the back of the pack for this weeks Top Albums with 16 plays. As mentioned above, “Glow” is High Tyde’s latest EP and is well worth a listen. A mostly upbeat indie rock ‘album’ that any fan of the genre could appreciate. With only four songs, it makes sense to listen to the whole thing, but if you’re looking for a suggestion it would be Do What You Want.
4. The Delta by Brolin
Also with 16 plays this week is Brolin’s debut album “The Delta”. Filled with relaxing electro indie pop, “The Delta” is a great pick for anyone looking for an easy listen. A mixture of upbeat and slow tempo songs gives the album a bit of variety, songs like NYC and Koln are relatively laid-back which allow for a calm easy listen, where as Swim Deep and Kingston are more upbeat.
3. Walk the Plank by Zebrahead
Zebrahead’s latest album “Walk the Plank” has 17 plays and, unlike the other artists in this list, is the only album of theirs that I have been listening to this week. With songs about fighting, drinking and sailing the high seas, “Walk the Plank” is a good all-round punk rock album.
2. Into the Sun by Bassnectar
A great upbeat electronic album that works wonders for taking you on a ‘trip’, if you get what I mean *hint hint nudge nudge*, is “Into the Sun” by Bassnectar. Played 20 times this week, mostly while lying in bed with my eyes closed, “Into the Sun” is this week’s number 2.
1. A.T.T.A.C.K by Arre! Arre!
As previously mentioned, Arre! Arre! are a surf/riot/rock punk band and this clearly comes across in “A.T.T.A.C.K”. With songs like A.T.T.A.C.K and Soft Ice-Cream On the Beach making you feel as if you’re “riding a wave”, while Fight the System and Society take on more of an “agenda” and questions what society dictates. “A.T.T.A.C.K” racked up 24 plays this week and is this weeks most played album.

Top Songs
5. This Time by Axwell^Ingrosso
The first of 3 dance tracks in this week’s top 5 songs, This Time is the latest single by the electronic duo, and former Swedish House Mafia members, Axwell and Ingrosso. This Time is a hard hitting EDM track that will quickly get you up and jumping.
4. Society by Arre! Arre!
One of the more ‘riot’ focussed songs on Arre! Arre!’s debut album “A.T.T.A.C.K”, Society has a great opening rift and was played 7 times this week. This rift combined with the well written lyrics that question society’s depiction of normal, make for a great song.
3. Do What You Want by High Tyde
Everything you want from an indie track and more, can be found in High Tyde’s Do What You Want. With 8 plays this week, Do What You Want is easily  my favourite off High Tyde’s latest EP “Glow”. A song that is difficult to fault and well worth a listen for any fan of the genre, as well as those who aren’t.
2. Circles by Nero
Coming in a close second with 12 plays, is last weeks number 5. Off Nero’s latest album “Between II Worlds”, Circles is a massive dance track and is my favourite off the album. With no real drop, Circles is a continuous high energy track that makes you just want to get up and move.
1.  The Girl is Mine feat. Destiny’s Child and Brandy by 99 Souls
Having been away from the charts while at university, I hadn’t heard The Girl is Mine until this week. Another great electronic track that brings me instant happiness, I find it impossible not to sing-along and bounce around. This week’s number 1 was played 13 times this week.

As last week was mostly focussed around the Download 2016 line up, this week is mostly focussed around the new bands and artists I’ve discovered this week. This week has seen a strong punk rock and electronic influence with some indie rock thrown into the mix. Hopefully you’ve found something new that you can get your teeth into, but if not there is always next week!

What songs have you been listening to this week? Let me know on Twitter: @pieces_of_time.

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*Any song played from an album counts as an album play i.e an album with 10 plays means songs from the album have been played a total of 10 times.

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