Liam’s music blog – three albums to refresh your playlist

By Carole Dennett Sep 21, 2020

Hi, my name is Liam Chessell and I am currently studying for a degree at Platform One College of Music. I am a music journalist who is enthusiastic about pop music and the IW music scene. If you would like me to review any music events or new album releases, email me at

Even with the threat of another possible lockdown to limit socialising, many people are returning to their daily commutes with the need to refresh your music library. Here are some recommended albums that have been released over the lockdown period that will provide your music library with a much-needed refresh.

Coach Party – Party Food
The up and coming indie band released their anticipated EP ‘Party Food’ this summer, packed with high energy anthems and catchy melodies to keep you in the summer spirit this winter.
Coach Party are a four-piece Island-based band that have gained very quick success, becoming BBC Introducing’s ‘Track of the Week’ on BBC Radio 1 with their standout song ‘Bleach.’
This EP is the perfect soundtrack to reminisce about dancing at a festival with your friends all summer long, a feeling that everyone will have missed this year.

Taylor Swift – Folklore
One of the biggest releases this year, Taylor Swift decided to surprise drop her genre changing album ‘folklore’ this summer. Stripping right back to her country roots, this album is perfect for the changing of seasons as we enter autumn.
If you’re a fan of laid-back country, folk or indie, ‘folklore’ is a perfect introduction to a Taylor Swift album that sounds nothing like her previous work in pop music.
Her story-telling is immaculate over warm guitars, harmonicas and pianos, making it the perfect backing track to a moody autumn morning commute.

Troye Sivan – In a Dream
Writing this EP during lockdown, Troye Sivan releases his nostalgic sounding EP ‘In a Dream.’ This EP offers a modern take on dazzling dance pop with a slight Bowie influence.
Fusing together dreamy synth melodies and 70s inspired drum riffs. Troye Sivan sings catchy, sweet melodies about heartbreak, jealousy and the current climate we are living in, reflecting the zeitgeist perfectly.
The EP offers a more experimental side of pop music, something that you might not hear on the top 40 charts, making it a good dive into pop music if it’s not always your go-to genre.