Since this is my first ever blog post on supernovablonde.com I thought I’d kick it off with my one true love: Music!
I always find November a strange time of year: Halloween has been and gone, but it’s not yet Christmas – so what is it?! For me, it’s a month of cold late-night drives, cozy evenings, busy schedules, and the ever growing excitement for Christmas. This was the vibe I was aiming to create with this month’s playlist. I’ve included a mix of old classics, new artists I adore, and even sneaked in one of my own little songs 😉 (cringy emojis though – who doesn’t secretly love ’em).
So, without further ado, the first ever supernovablonde November playlist…….*
*If you don’t feel like reading each song description and want to skip straight to listening, you can find a full spotify playlist HERE
Bring You Home – November Lights
How could I not start this playlist off with a band that literally has ‘November’ in their name? I first saw this band at a festival a few months ago and immediately fell in love with this song. A cozy yet upbeat, well written piece of indie-pop goodness, this song will warm your heart and introduce you to your new favourite band: November Lights who, give it a year or two, will be dominating the UK music scene – I guarantee it.
Let It Go – James Bay
This song came out a few years back, but it wasn’t until I heard it in a Thanksgiving themed episode of Supergirl that I really, truly appreciated it (sorry James). It’s a beautiful, laid back song that I’m sure you’ll love and play on repeat.
Half The World Away – Oasis
Anybody that knows me knows that I love Oasis. They’re one of my all time favourite bands, and this song has THE perfect ‘almost Christmas but not quite’ vibe to it. Aurora’s cover version was also used in a John Lewis advert a few years ago, which just adds to its appeal. If, like me, you grew up hearing this song everywhere (which if, also like me, you were born in the England in the 90s, you probably did) it’ll give you the same nostalgic feeling as catching up with an old friend or watching old family videos. A cozy classic.
Beautiful Pain – Trampolene
Guys. Trampolene. If you don’t know them yet then PLEASE stop whatever you’re doing. Stop reading this post. Go listen to this song. Then come back. Okay. Are you done? Did you listen to it? Are you as obsessed as I am? If you’re nodding your head right now then good. You should be. This song is pure perfection in the form of an alt-rock classic in the making . Trampolene is another band that I discovered at a festival a while back and boy do they put on a show. I HIGHLY suggest that you check out one of their live gigs if you get the chance – I promise you won’t regret it.
Hero – Regina Spektor
I first heard this song in 500 Days of Summer, one of my all time favourite movies starring two of my all time favourite actors (Zooey Deschanel & Joseph Gordon-Levitt, anyone?), and I fell in love with not just this song, but the entire soundtrack. A heart shattering, piano filled track, Regina’s repetition of the phrases ‘I’m the hero of this story don’t need to be saved’, and ‘No one’s got it all’ will break your heart in the best way.
Faraways – The Lapelles
This song will also break your heart, but in a completely different way from the last. The Lapelles were/are one of my favourite indie bands and their self titled debut album will always be one of my favourites. The vocals, provided by the late Gary Watson, push the track from gorgeous to unforgettable. ‘Faraways’ is a tragic reminder of just how brilliant The Lapelles were. A band that should never, ever, be forgotten.
State of Grace – Taylor Swift
I am 100%, completely, un-apologetically a Taylor Swift fan. She’s a phenomenal writer, business woman, and helped to pave the way for an entire generation of up-and-coming female singer/songwriters (including myself). This song is the perfect addition to this playlist, throwing it back to her 2012 album Red. (Honorable Mention: All Too Well – although in the end I chose not to add this song to the playlist, I highly recommend listening to it if you’ve ever thought that Taylor Swift is anything less than a brilliant writer.)
All We Are – Kimberley Trasler
Shameless plug here. This is my own song. It’s nowhere near as good as any of the other songs on this playlist but hey, it’s a slow acoustic-y ballad with a little bit of piano and a whole lotta nostalgia. Pretty fitting I guess. Anyway, let’s continue…
Stuck On the Puzzle – Alex Turner
I love Alex Turner. I love chilled, echo-y tracks. I love this song – and I bet you will too. I don’t really have much to say on this track apart from that I absolutely adore it – but Alex Turner’s main talent lies in writing songs that speak for themselves, so I’m going to let the subtle brilliance of this song speak for itself here. (Just in case you couldn’t tell: I really love Alex Turner.)
Ever Since New York – Harry Styles
I’ll admit it, I was once a doubter of Harry Styles – purely because I was also once an annoying, cynical 13 year old who refused to like One Direction just to be ‘different’. I would like to formerly apologize to Harry Styles, because I am now a full on convert – his album is one of my favourites of 2017. This track is just stunning and a perfect addition to this playlist.
Love Pollution – Feeder
I first discovered this song through an episode of Cold Case (a show that you’ll probably be reading a lot more about on this blog because I’m pretty obsessed with it). You’ll probably also see this song on a future summer playlist, but I feel like this song has a perfect November vibe. It reminds me of up-too-early Christmas lights and those late night drives I mentioned at the start of this post.
Heroes – David Bowie
Aaaaaaannnnnddddd here we are. The end of our playlist – and what a song to end on. It’s a classic. In fact, it transcends the category of classic. A phenomenal song that no words could ever do justice.
I hope you enjoyed this little playlist, and I hope you stick around for more posts on music, fashion, and more!
What songs would be in your November playlist? Let me know!