Spotify discovery this month: Arum Rae, with this great ‘frozen moment’ song. It’s basically two chords, underneath a gentle musing about whether her date is ever going to fucking show up. The song works fine without the video, but it’s a great video too.

Current Favourite Part:
The noise she makes at the beginning after singing the line “He said he’d be here round midnight…”

I think H and I first heard this on a mixtape from the awesome Laura Theis (of Badass Snow White fame, amongst others). And it became a song that we both used if we wanted to dislodge a particularly nasty earworm. (If memory serves me correctly, it was one of three — the others being Blank Space and Shia LeBeouf.) I think I read somewhere that this was Fiona Apple in her ‘icons of the 1940s’ (particularly Billie Holiday) phase. Most of it is just her voice and timpani. And it is, if you’ll excuse the expression, catchy as fuck.

Current Favourite Part:
“I’m a hot knife, Iyyyyyyy-m a hot knife… I’m a hot knife he’s a pack of butter…” (repeat until death)

Okay, I’m very late to the party on this one, as it was pretty much the biggest hit of last year. And now it’s nominated for 4 oscars (best picture, best director, best actor, best original screenplay). Now, I haven’t seen Lady Bird yet, and there have been so many ecstatic reviews of it that I hesitate to say that Get Out is the best movie of this oscar year that I’ve seen. But I think it’s fair to say, it’s the best I’ve seen so far, and knocks the socks off best picture rivals Dunkirk (which I liked) and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (which I really didn’t). Continue reading