I love my iPod. So much more than I love my phone and almost as much as I love my mum. It has seen me through a lot; A-levels, university (so far), arduous uphill jogs and roughly five million tube journeys where my personal bubble has been well and truly popped. It’s my rock (except when it runs out of batteries, and then I hate it). I’ve never really been cool enough to own an iPod classic, and I’m definitely too cool to be clipping my microscopic iPod Nano to my clothes, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts. And it really does count. A person’s music collection can provide some surprising insights into their personality; a lot of us get surprisingly defensive when our playlists are being violated by judgemental eyes. This may sound silly but I do know that whatever favourable persona I had presented to my friends was undoubtedly shattered when they discovered that I had the movie soundtracks to all four Twilight films on my iPod. There go all my cool points.
But luckily for me, I am now stuck on a deserted island, away from prying eyes and free to pick my desert island iPod list that will get me through the days of waiting for rescue to arrive. Who needs food when you have these:
Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
The Swedish singer-songwriter is the perfect combination of moody, fun and screw you-ness. Her unique indie sound is a refreshing change to whatever it is that pop music is trying to do, with the beautifully spooky combination of her echoing voice, booming drums and vintage electric guitars. This girl has got it all figured out, and no small matter like being stranded on an island is going to stop her.
Favourite track: Rich Kid’s Blues
Bruno Mars – Doo-Wops and Hooligans
I don’t care how unfortunate your desert island situation is, if Bruno Mars singing about chilling in his Snuggie doesn’t cheer you up, then there is something very wrong with you. With tracks like The Lazy Song, Runaway Baby and Marry You hanging around, life is looking pretty good. But if you do get lonely, Talking to the Moon might provide you with some useful inspiration.
Favourite Track: Marry You
Jason Mraz – We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.
Jason Mraz is the embodiment of happiness. Pretty much a whole album of just him and a guitar, Jason just likes to sing about the things that make him happy. This, consequently, makes me very happy, and lying on my desert island beach eating a coconut (I refuse to eat fish) listening to Lucky featuring the stunning Colbie Caillat sounds like heaven. Ignoring the tracks where he thinks he can rap, this album is flawless.
Favourite Track: Details in the Fabric, feat. James Morrison
Muse – Black Holes and Revelations
By virtue of my Devonian roots, I’m obliged to mention Muse. But this is in no way begrudgingly. This album is simply epic; each track takes over your life with its anthem-like styles and infectious beats. I’m not going to pretend that I ‘get’ what Muse are singing about, but I do ‘get’ that sometimes we just don’t have time to be pre-occupied with earthly matters, like being stuck on a desert island. Apparently there is a supermassive black hole out there.
Favourite Track: Supermassive Black Hole (completely unrelated to its appearance in Twilight)
30 Seconds to Mars – A Beautiful Lie
If years of watching Lost is anything to go by, it looks like waiting for rescue is going to be an emotional rollercoaster. It’s a good thing I’ve packed 30 Seconds to Mars then. For those times when you hate everything and everything hates you, A Beautiful Lie needs to be on repeat. This album is dark, intense yet beautifully melodic. Not too heavy-rock, but not exactly Westlife either, this album is the perfect adjunct to those times staring out at the ocean wondering how I got myself into this mess.
Favourite Track: A Beautiful Lie
Damien Rice – O
If there was ever a physical definition of ‘mellow’, it would be Damien Rice singing through this entire album. It is just beautiful. It is another one almost entirely compiled of a man and his guitar, but unlike Jason Mraz, Damien would just sit with you while you think, instead of asking you to dance. O is an emotional album. If, like me, you have trouble admitting that you have emotions, there are tracks in here that will most definitely bring out your soft side like a melting Cornetto. The exquisite use of strings throughout the album is really what allows you to get lost in it, to reduce the world to just you and your thoughts (and Damien).
Favourite Track: Amie
Ed Sheeran - +
Despite Ed Sheeran thinking he is too good to be using actual words to name his album (is this plus? Addition?), he has taken the UK by storm. Most people would probably say that it is because of his musical talent etc., but I’m just going to go right ahead and say it’s because he’s ginger. The boy is ginger and he knows it. Not only does he know it, he loves it. He loves it so much that he made his album ginger. Lindsey Lohan copped out when she dyed her hair blonde but Ed is dedicated, he did for gingers what Pret did for Edamame beans; he made them cool. His music is good too.
Favourite Track: Legohouse
Charlie Simpson –Young Pilgrim
Young Pilgrim is Charlie’s debut solo album where he’s taken a break from rock band Fightstar to pursue some more folk-ish vibes. It’s a pretty genuine album, keeping its feet on the ground and managing to sing about love without making me want to vomit. The lyrics don’t sound like they were written by an illiterate, infatuated teenager and the instrumentals are, at some points, breath-taking (Riverbanks). The versatility of Young Pilgrim is really what makes this album special; it goes from epic vocals to all-encompassing instrumentals to the most beautiful, stripped down acoustic tracks. After sacrificing an evening of (important) revision to go and see Charlie in his debut solo performance in Notting Hill, I was hooked on this album and haven’t stopped listening to it since. Now, that is saying something considering the fact that I regard clothes as ‘old’ after having worn them twice. If it turns out that I have to spend the next 16 years on this lonely island with only Charlie Simpson and my (I can only speculate) increasingly unstable thoughts for company, I would be completely okay with it. As long as I don’t have to eat fish.
Favourite Track: Riverbanks
Luckily for me, rescue has arrived just in time to take me back to university for the start of term. Super. Having read this, most of you probably won’t feel this will get you through island solitude in the same way I do, and I would probably hate your collections too. But that is what makes music so special; we like songs and can’t say why – they are an expression of who we are, whether we like it or not. Apparently I’m quite emotional, but don’t tell anyone.
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