5 APR - 2023
In the mood for a bit of musical nostalgia? Chatty’s got you covered.
AM - Arctic Monkeys
Starting off strong, one of the most defining albums of 2013 has got to be AM by Arctic Monkeys. With alternative, indie, and rock influences, this is an album everybody could agree was well curated, catchy, and already sounded like a classic. The inspiration for the album? Lead singer, Alex Turner's lover at the time, the one and only Alexa Chung. Check out this sweet love note that Alex wrote for his muse.
The 1975 (Self Titled) - The 1975
Blasting them into their musical career, The 1975’s debut album was self titled and filled with alternative pop bangers. The sounds on this record are somewhat experimental although still fun, easy to listen to, and even easier to dance to - or sob to, depending on what song you choose. Where are they now? The 1975 are going strong, in fact, they’re coming to Aotearoa this month in April!
Days Are Gone - HAIM
Made up of 3 sisters, music truly is in the blood for Taylor Swift’s besties, the Haim girls. Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim created this soft rock, pop, R&B masterpiece featuring bops like ‘The Wire’. Days are Gone is super easy listening, and if it flew under your radar when it first came out, we definitely recommend giving it a listen. We can't believe it came out 10 years ago!
Pure Heroine - Lorde
Remember when ‘Royals’ dropped and we all lost our minds? Well I do, vividly. Lorde (Ella Yelich-O'Connor) truly put little ol’ Aotearoa on the map with that one, taking not only NZ but the whole world by storm with her first studio album, Pure Heroine. Lorde has just been on tour for her third studio album Solar Power and played 3 New Zealand shows, in Christchurch, Wellington, and Auckland. This one is such a nostalgic album, we recommend reminiscing teen life while listening along.
Bangerz - Miley Cyrus
Bangerz by Miley Cyrus… Such a polarising album that changed Miley’s career forever. Miley had just ended things with long time boyf, Liam Hemsworth, cut all her hair off, and was sticking her tongue out left, right, and centre. Bangerz focussed a lot on shock value. All three singles from the album (Wrecking Ball, We can’t stop, and Adore You) did amazing on the charts. I’m sure we all remember watching the Wrecking Ball music vid for the first time - the internet discourse that followed was insane.
Honourable mention - Matangi - M.I.A
The inspiration behind this one is simply amazing. M.I.A used traditional Arabic music used as samples throughout the album which added a uniqueness to this culturally charged pop album. One of our favourite songs from the album, ‘Bad Girls’ was about the driving laws for women in Arab countries and creating fake passports to smuggle people across the border… “Live fast, die young, bad girls do it well,” you know the one. What a stroke of genius.