Obviously like anyone ever, I am a big fan of music. I don’t have a ‘taste’ as such. I like a range of genres. My inner teenager for example loves listening to pop punk rock like Simple Plan, Boys Like Girls, Blink 182, Panic! At The Disco, Yellowcard… You get the picture.
I am also a gal that loves some 80’s tunes; bitta Phil Collins, Billy Ocean, Fleetwood Mac, Elton John…
I love a good soppy romance ballad, you know, Celine Dion is ma girl. I am even partial to a bit of heavy metal and alternative rock. Country music is a real feel good boogie as well.
I’d say acoustic music is mostly where it’s at for me though; just a singer and their trusty guitar. It soothes the soul a little you know?
So naturally, when Michael Malarkey (who I first came to adore as Enzo in the CW hit show The Vampire Diaries) dropped his first single ‘Feed the Flames’ in September 2014, my heart stopped a little. The idiom ‘music to my ears’ sums it up.
The guitar notes, his husky voice… everything about it was perfect. There was something about his voice as well; I couldn’t quite pinpoint what it was though. But then along came Knots towards the end of 2015; his first official EP and the pin dropped.
The soft tones of his voice mixed with the magic melody his fingers make on that guitar, it’s enchanting.
He has a gift. It’s not a new genre as sorts, I’d class it somewhere between indie and alternative but it’s extremely refreshing to hear him play. The passion for music really comes alive when you listen to his songs. There aren’t really many words to explain how I’m feeling about his latest release – and that’s coming from a lass who did an English degree and works in Publishing.
I’ve been listening to it non-stop morning and night since it was released. Mongrels has given me something that I didn’t know I was missing – raw, emotional and pure melodies; something that I feel has been forgotten amongst the endless noise of new teen boy bands and grime tunes.
I urge everyone who is anyone to take a minute to appreciate this gem of an album.
Four of my ultimate favourites are listed and linked below so feel free to click um and let his rough voice and enchanting instrumental sounds brighten your Thursday.
I am also having the absolute pleasure of seeing the man play in real life on Sunday 29th October at Thousand Island. With a cheeky VIP ticket, I get to meet him too. My excitement is understated right now…