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A toast to the underrated!

Little note - bit of a serious little talk below, skip it if you're a bit too drained today


Why is it that we panic over things we know we can't control? Recently, this has been a big question on my mind, and I've spent a lot of time focusing on it, only to accept that I can't answer that question. I want to be able to say that this has really helped me when I've been caught up, anxious and just generally overwhelmed, but in all truth it hasn't. What is has done, however, is redirect me when I find myself in those moments. This post was going to be a super motivating and upbeat commentary on songs I find underrated that are absolutely great, and it still will be, but I do think its important to say this as it would feel wrong not to. I wholeheartedly agree that to process how you're feeling is so vital, important, it's definitely something that should be encouraged and is by all means a healthy route. However, I do think it should also be recognised that pain is really very scary and to have to face up to how you're feeling can be overwhelming. I say this because I am always the first person to encourage my friends to really feel what they're going through and to try and process it immediately, but recently I've come to learn that really isn't as easy as it sounds. You aren't any less of a person if you feel like the world's a bit too heavy to face today, and you're still brave even if you can't sit and feel your way through whatever it is that's happened. I don't think it's good to try and force yourself to move on from something, I think just accepting that this will be hard is a really big step in itself. In the grand scheme of things, nobody really cares what I think is good or not, which is more than fair enough, but I just thought I'd say what I needed to be told a few days ago, in the hopes that it could potentially be of any help.

Anyway, on with the good stuff!


Last night I created a playlist that I can honestly refer to as my pride and joy, full of all the songs I think are underrated and definitely need to be heard. I'll link it somewhere on this post and would love it if you gave it a listen.


First song on the playlist is TEAM by BROCKHAMPTON, I absolutely love this song and think if you haven't listened to it, you definitely should. It starts off sort of long, slow, moving, then progresses to be an absolute toe tapper. When I first heard it, I remember being so confused because I wasn't daydreaming alongside it, I was actually listening, nodding with it, somehow wanting to be part of it in a weird way. Then, before I knew it, it was over. This weird drift from a kind of whining to quite a moving commentary was something I really loved. So, for that, it's my first underrated song. I don't think it's fair to ignore the underrated bop that is TOKYO by BROCKHAMPTON either, there isn't really a deeper thing of this, I just love it and think it's well worth a listen.


Next up is Hunnybee by Unknown Mortal Orchestra, I didn't really know this band at all until recently. My brother became obsessed with this song and played it on repeat constantly whilst he was cooking. I can't say I blame him, it's fun, light, infectious, and it'll have you grinning. What I really weirdly like about it is that it just teeters on the edge of being repetitive, and the moment you feel like maybe you should change tracks, it pulls you back with the chorus that'll make you do a little involuntarily sway. It's their third most popular song but I feel like as a band they're massively underrated so they're easily more than worth mentioning.


I'm becoming increasingly aware of how long this post will be, so I'll try my absolute best to keep it brief, but anyone that knows me knows that simply will not happen. Mark Ronson and The Business Intl. should be talked about way more than they are, but 'Somebody to Love Me' is one of the few songs that makes me genuinely excited, it's just such a classic. That and 'bang bang bang' will forever be greats in my opinion. Moving to a very different vibe, Fleetwood Mac's 'Isn't It Midnight' is a dreamy little number that always makes me happy, and I think it definitely should be on everybody's radar if it's not already. This playlist is a work in progress but I absolutely love it, and wish I could do an in depth analysis of every track on there. I think, however, that this is a bit lengthy so I'll stop it here and hope I've tempted you all enough to listen.


As a final note on what I said earlier, something I've come to realise and am still learning is that you can take up your place in the world in any way you want to, and a bad time doesn't mean you lose all the interesting things about you. Feel how you feel, if and when you're ready.


Thanks for reading if you're still with me at the end,


Charl :)


side note: some of my beautiful friends have started little projects in lockdown. Paige is spreading motivation and positivity by sharing her workouts on @paiges_peachy_workouts on insta! Just like Elouise is raising money for MIND by making and selling tee shirts on her account @el.oi.se. Pls show them some love if you can!



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