Happy Friday Lovely People,

The weekend is almost here!

With Christmas coming up we thought that some of you might need some inspiration on those all important Christmas presents! I don’t know about you but I’ve been a bit stuck on what to get Bob this year so if you have any ideas then please send them my way!

Music albums are always a great stocking filler and are easy on the bank balance too. Clare and I have put together a list of our favourites just to give you some food for thought. There might be a few on here that you can add to your Christmas list as well!

We’ll be featuring more gift ideas in the next few weeks and they’ll be one a day in the 12 days leading up to Christmas, all with a festival twist, so make sure you keep checking the blog!

For now I’ll leave you with some awesome albums to choose from – happy shopping!

Laura’s Picks….

led zeppelin

Led Zeppelin – How The West Was Won

This is Led Zeppelin live, raw and incredible. Recorded on their 1972 tour in America, this album leaves me with goose bumps every time I listen to it. If I got given the opportunity of going back in time to one concert it would be this one. There are so many Led Zeppelin songs that I love and the best part about this album is they’re all on there and are even better than there recorded versions. Robert Plant lets his voice go wild on this tour with some incredible vocals to some equally incredible drum and guitar solos. If you don’t own this album – buy it.


Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon – Aha Shake Heartbreak

It was hard to choose between Aha Shake Heartbreak and Youth & Young Manhood because they are both so good! There is no question that these two albums are Kings Of Leon at their best. I think I chose Aha Shake Heartbreak because every track on there either has me bopping along or stops me dead in my tracks. ‘Milk’ is amazing – it just builds and builds and I love it’s subtlety. ‘Slow Night, So Long’ is also one of my favourites. This album reminds me of when Bob and I first got together – was pretty much the soundtrack to our first year together.


Angus and Julia Stone

Angus and Julia Stone – Down The Way

Again, it was hard to choose which Angus & Julia Stone album to feature as I love them all! I think what makes Down The Way so special is the time I was listening to it and it also reminds me of my very good friend who I went travelling with. Down The way has a folk-blues feel to it and both Angus and Julia’s voices are very unique which just makes the songs that extra bit special. I love ‘For You’ and the electric guitar section in ‘Yellow Brick Road’ is so so good.


The Cat Empire

The Cat Empire – Two Shoes (2007 Release)

I have seen The Cat Empire live 3 times and they are so so good. I love the way they mix jazz with ska and this album in particular also has a great Latin feel to it. Their lyrics are thought provoking and clever with great songs such as ‘Two Shoes’, ‘The Chariot’ and ‘Days Like These’.

Caravan Palace

Caravan Palace – Caravan Palace

I love this album! It’s French Electro Swing at it’s very best. It’s fun to listen too and even more fun to dance too. This is mine and Bob’s favourite album to have playing when we’re doing the washing up!


Eddie Vedder

Eddie Vedder – Into The Wild

Just like the film this album is magical in the way that it leaves you feeling like you need to be a better person. Intelligent lyrics coupled with Eddie Vedder’s amazing voice that is so deep and raw – I love it. This is one of my favourite driving albums.


Charlie Hobo

Charlie Winston – Hobo

This album was the home to our first dance ‘I Love Your Smile’ and is definitely one of the best albums that Bob and I share a mutual passion for. Charlie Winston is a brilliant musician and songwriter and every song on this album is a testimony to his talents. ‘Calling Me’ is beautiful and so is ‘Boxes.’ If you don’t own this album, buy it.

Sufan Stevens

Sufjan Stevens – Come On Feel The Illinoise

This was the first Sufjan Stevens album I ever listened too and, after one night of being mesmerised by every track, I quickly purchased his others! ‘Chicago’ is a brilliant song as are most of the ones on this album. Listen to it!


Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend

Bob introduced me to Vampire Weekend when he burned me a copy while I was travelling. It quickly became the soundtrack to my travels in Australia, especially when I was working on a grape farm in Victoria. I love this album mainly because it reminds me of the people I met during that time and the music is quite playful which I like!

Regina

Regina Spektor – Begin To Hope

Beautiful voice, beautiful lyrics, beautiful album. There’s so much about Begin To Hope that I love. Every track is unique which makes this album engaging and interesting to listen too. ‘Samson ‘is a genius song as is ‘Fidelity.’


Guillemots

Guillemots – Through The Window Pane

Again, Bob introduced me to Guillemots whilst I was travelling and I haven’t looked back since! ‘Made Up Love Song’ was on the soundtrack to our wedding video and is just a brilliant love song. However, the stand out track on this album is ‘São Paulo.’ It’s music heaven.


Emiliana Torrini

Emiliana Torrini – Me and Armini

This is such a beautiful album. Emiliana Torrini has a real vulnerability to her voice which is so easy to listen too and again she’s a brilliant songwriter. ‘Birds’ and ‘Big Jumps’ are two lovely songs.

Clare’s Picks….

Ben Howard

Ben Howard – Every Kingdom

J and I saw him live in Oxford for my birthday. His lyrics are beautiful, we had ‘Only Love’ as the soundtrack for our wedding video.


Alt J

Alt J – An Awesome Wave

This album is just WAY too cool, there’s no one else out there like Alt-J. There are also some pretty sweet covers banging around at the moment, my favourite being Ellie Goulding’s version of ‘Tesselate’


Lianne Le Havas

Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough

Black soul with a quirky, bluesy edge – yes, all day long!


Bob Iver

Bon Iver – Bon Iver

After loving ‘For Emma…’ this was a spectacular follow up. Listen to it late a night for a lovely calming sound.


Bonobo

Bonobo – Black Sands

A great background track, this is my husband and my go to chilled party album. A smooth but hefty dose of bass. We love it.


James Vincent McMorrow

James Vincent McMorrow – Early in the Morning

Early in the Morning – Again, more beautiful lyricism. We found James via the LOVEFilm advert and wouldn’t be without him now.


First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar

Swedish sisters singing folk makes for great driving music. Reminds me of a good friend from uni that I shared this band with.


Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes

I’ve loved these guys for quite sometime now. There’s something autumnal and wintry about their music for me. I love the layers of vocal harmonies.


Laura marling

Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know

J and I saw Laura at the Birmingham symphony hall together, she was absolutely hypnotising and such an amazing song writer for so young. ‘All my rage’ is my favourite song on this album.


lorde-pure-heroine

Lorde – Pure Heroine

However massively overplayed ‘Royals’ has been, I still maintain that this album is really very cool. ‘Buzzcut Season’ is a personal favourite.


So there you are peeps! Our favourite albums (well some of them – we’d be here all day if I listed all of mine!) We hope there’s at least one that takes your fancy and solves your ‘what to buy’ dilemma. Clare has definitely inspired me today with First Aid Kit. It’s just been added to the list!

Big Love

Festival Brides xxx

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