The way that music can affirm that what I'm feeling is real, valid and shared by others is so cathartic and helps towards self acceptance. When you can't put into your owns words how you're feeling, music can help you make sense of it. Music is so important to me, it's been part of the most euphoric highs in my life; playing a show or being in the audience in a magical moment screaming the words together, and also part of the darkest lows, stuck in bed all day, alone, but with headphones, as a comfort and escape. Without some of these songs I think I would have taken some wrong turns.
From the melancholic nature of a lot of these songs I've come to realise that the fragile moments in your life can be just as beautiful as the happy ones. It's when you're reduced down to your rawest form that you can build yourself up again with solid structure and foundations, and all of these songs and artists have played a part in my management and acceptance of my personal boundaries, anxieties and depression. It's the feeling of being connected to thousands of people feeling the same way that has helped me get out of ruts before, and I know that as life ebbs and flows I'll be calling on music to help me again at some point, and I'm okay with that, because music will never die.
1. Head Rolls Off - Frightened Rabbit
2. Me & May - Trace Mountains
3. Kyoto - Phoebe Bridgers
4. Justboy - Biffy Clyro
5. Belief - Arcane Roots
6. Back Foot - Dinosaur Pile-Up
7. Light Bulb - Tiny Moving Parts
8. Fine, Great - Modern Baseball
9. These Days - Foo Fighters
10. Restless Heart Syndrome - Green Day
11. Camp Adventure - Delta Sleep
12. Comeuppance - Perspective, a Lovely Hand to Hold