If you’ve read my latest year abroad post, you’ll know that the last couple of months have been really busy what with university and visits and Easter. Due to this, I had no time for last month’s roundup, but here’s a double whammy of March and April for you.
There has been so much new and wonderful music out in the last two months that I’m going to struggle to write about it all, so I’ll go with my favourites. Laura Marling’s new album Semper Femina was finally released, and it was as good as I’d hoped – I’ve been obsessed with ‘Nothing, Not Really’ since I first heard it, so it was good to hear other tracks. After waiting so long for new Frank Ocean, we got another track in the form of ‘Chanel’ and I honestly hope he carries on releasing more; it’s been too long without him. A new ‘playlist’ from Drake, new music from alt-J featuring my fave Ellie Rowsell from Wolf Alice, and Tom Misch’s 5 Day Mischon were all wonderful Spring gifts. I can’t talk about music in this post without mentioning Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. I know a lot of people wouldn’t pin me as a K-Dot fan, but they are all very, very wrong. His collab with Rihanna on ‘Loyalty’ is sick, and who would have thought we would ever hear a track featuring U2 on an album of his?
April saw everyone’s favourite member of 1D, Harry Styles (sorry, Niall), finally release a solo single after rumours that seemed to have been swirling around forever and a day. While reviews have been mixed, and I wasn’t so impressed at first, I’ve honestly grown to love ‘Sign of the Times’: it’s a certified banger, and I’m sure my friend Joel will be very proud of me for saying so. I’m also well and truly obsessed with the new track from Paramore, ‘Hard Times’. Like our Styles, I wasn’t sure of it at first, but it only took a couple of listens for their new poppy sound to worm its way in. We got a new album from Father John Misty, with some strong social commentary (what else would you expect after the last crazy year in the US?). My friend Conrad wrote a wonderful piece called ‘Father John Misty, or The Art of Rock Pretentiousness’ that you should all take time out to read.
And finally, for the obsession that is sending Spaniards and year abroad students alike absolutely crazy: Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee have released a remix version of their smash ‘Despacito’ with none other than the Biebs himself. It is amazing, and made even better by Justin singing in Spanish! I have had it on repeat for far too long…
For the music I’ve mentioned, and for a lot of the music I haven’t, I’m making a playlist all year round that you can check out below.
Film and TV
I spent most of March (well, I say most, it was more like 2 days) rewatching the first two seasons of Jane the Virgin now they’re on Netflix España and god, I just love that show. Gina Rodriguez. Brett Dier. Jaime Camil. Hell, I love everything about it. Watching again after seeing the heartbreaking episodes in season 3 have really changed the way I see the #TeamRaf vs. #TeamMichael situation, for sure. I also, for no real reason, decided to rewatched The Twilight Saga in its entirety. I’d forgotten how cringy it is and really questioned my teenage obsession with it, that is, until the last film made me cry like a baby. Oops. Of course, I also went to see Beauty and the Beast at the cinema with some friends and cried at that too. Disney always has that affect on me, and I honestly loved every single minute of the new adaptation. I just hope they do The Lion King justice too.
I got around to finishing Rick and Morty season 2, just in time for their April Fools’ Day premiere of the first episode of season 3. That show is wonderful and weird and honestly one of the best things I’ve watched in ages. I also binged a few things on Netflix towards the end of April: Thirteen Reasons Why and the first two seasons of Broadchurch. When you think about it, I really put myself through the ringer with those two, as both series are really intense. I cannot believe it has taken me three years to watch Broadchurch but oh. my. god. What a show. I am in awe of the entire cast, they had me crying every single episode. I’m currently writing an article about the show, so I’ll keep my opinions to myself for now, but I’ll link to the article once it’s up.
I sent off the form to pitch my dissertation in March, which means I’ve been doing a lot of academic essay reading in order to make a decision (which I hope is a good one) – I just hope I can work out how to write 6,000 words about my chosen idea. I’m scared as hell but I also cannot wait. I started reading How To Build A Girl by Caitlin Moran in March but that didn’t last too long due to Jack’s visit and an exam on medieval Spanish literature… yep, I did not enjoy that one bit. I don’t think my professor enjoyed marking it either, to be honest. I’ve been studying a lot of T.S. Eliot this semester in both my literature classes, and I won’t lie, four classes a week on the guy is a bit much sometimes. I can’t wait to start on the reading lists for next year and actually enjoy studying again (and yes, I am aware of how nerdy that sounds).
I’ve still been writing a ton of stuff this semester! For tmrw magazine I’ve written a lot, which I’ve linked to here: Stormzy vs. NME, the Daily Mail ‘legs-it’ headline, George Osborne being named editor of the Evening Standard, that Pepsi advert starring Kendall Jenner, Ed Miliband’s ‘human factor’ and Paramore’s new single release (can you tell I’m obsessed with the new song?), as well as some more news articles for The National Student. As I keep banging on about in my other posts, the end of April means it’s finally time for my trip to Milan! You’ll probably be reading this while I’m packing/flying there, but I’m sure there’ll be a blog post about it very soon. A group of us here in Zaz have also booked a trip to San Sebastián and Verity is coming to visit next week, so the majority of May is planned and looking like a lot of fun. It’s going to be great.