Hello all and a very warm welcome to the first album review of the year! As Evie has already mentioned, we’ll be keeping tabs on all things that the UK music scene has to offer, ranging from album/EP reviews to gig/festival round ups.
So without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to an album created by pop soul duo Aquilo – the pairing of Lake District born Tom Higham and Ben Fletcher. Their debut album Silhouettes was released at the end of January and is the ultimate ‘grab a blanket and a cuppa on a Sunday morning’ album. Although quite melancholic, this album holds it’s own all the way through, each track differing from the one before meaning I’m less likely to skip through it…the signs of a great album! The vocals are what really carries this album, they are so soothing and gorgeous paired with the piano and string crescendos layered throughout. The title track (and opening track) of the album ‘Silhouette’ is utterly beautiful and provokes so much emotion (even to the point that I had to fight back a tear when listening to this for the first time on my journey home from work.) With lyrics so personal and talks of love/relationships/loss it’s very easy for people to relate to this album. Aquilo are incredible at story telling and they also have the fantastic skill of being able to ‘set the tone’ within the first couple of bars of a track.
Although many tracks from Silhouettes are mellow and piano driven, tracks such as ‘Never Hurt Again’ and ‘Always Done What You Say’ introduce a more upbeat sound without straying from the albums overall tone. Overall, this album is incredibly diverse, Aquilo clearly have a great knowledge of music and aren’t afraid to stray away from traditional pop. This album is so comforting, especially on these cold wintery days. If you like artists such as Oh Wonder, London Grammar or Amber Run then Aquilo will be sure to satisfy your ears this month.
Aquilo’s album Silhouettes is out now.
Thanks for reading the first album review on the blog, 2017 is looking to be a fantastic year for music so keep your eyes (and ears!) peeled.
We will shortly be launching our Music review section of the Evangeline Laurel website.
The plan is to review all the old, new and current music that is happening in the UK, our favourite tracks and gig reviews.
This will be launching soon in February 2017, so for all of the music lovers out there, make sure you follow my blog for new posts coming soon for some awesome music reviews that are sure to give your ears a treat.
For those of you that have never heard of Sky Gardens, it is listed to be one of the most spectacular rooftop restaurants in London. Located in the world renowned Walkie Talkie building, close to Monument/Bank tube station, the Sky Gardens are located high in the sky on the 35th floor where you are able to look across the wonderful sky line over the city of London.
The entrance to the restaurant/bar is located at the back end of the Walkie Talkie building where you go through a very bizarre, airport like, security system in order to enter the lift that will take you up to the rooftop.
The unique aspect to the restaurant is the fact that the restaurant is a gardens in itself. Walking up and around the staircase which leads up to the Fenchurch restaurant you will find hundreds of flowers, bushes and greenery which makes you feel like your in a greenhouse instead of a restaurant.
The worst thing about the gardens aspect of the rooftop restaurant is that the temperature cannot be above a certain level to ensure that all of the flowers etc. can still live, meaning that the restaurant is actually pretty cold and you definitely wouldn’t be able to take your coats and scarfs off whilst your eating. A little off-putting for me.
We visited the Fenchurch restaurant for Sam’s birthday meal, which I have to say was absolutely incredible. We could not fault the service, including the welcome into the restaurant where the FOH manager was extremely friendly, to our waiter Franco who explained everything about our the menu, food and drinks.
My favourite part of the restaurant was the perfectly timed champagne trolly which swings by your table shortly after you have been seated at your table. Think I need to get one of those for my flat…
We ordered the amazing Lemon Sole which was drizzled in a spinach sauce and the Lamb dish which was served alongside a mix of vegetables. Both amazingly delicious and could not be faulted.
After dinner, we headed down to the main bar which had a much more relaxed vibe than the restaurant upstairs, with a DJ playing and the views were much better. However, the decor and atmosphere felt a bit cheap to be paying £12 a cocktail.
Nevertheless, it is definitely worth checking out the Sky Gardens; it is free to pop up and see the views/the weird gardens in the sky but not sure it is worth spending a small fortune on a few drinks.
Hope you enjoyed my post, don’t forget to follow my blog for all blog posts coming soon xo
As some of my readers may or may not be aware, but I will be running the London marathon this year, April 23 2017, only 81 days away!!
Obviously running the London marathon takes a litttllleee bit of training, and healthy eating to make sure that you can complete the marathon without completely dying.
Therefore, I have begun the slow slog of running frequently during the week and starting to eat as ‘marathon friendly’ as possible.
I have recently completed the Run Through Battersea Park 10k, to kick off my training and have also regularly starting running 10k on a weekly basis. Now, I know that 10k is nowhere near to the 42.1km for the marathon, however, it is definitely a good start.
With doing a little bit of research online, I should be running about 16-18 miles by now….. Therefore I should really get training… I will keep you updated on my training schedule.
Coming soon is my 5 top eating tips for what healthy foods you should be eating if you are running long distances.
Comment on this post if you have any top tips for training and make sure you follow my blog for all good things coming soon 🙂