Ed: Happy romance day, Latitude babies. Lucy and I have selected a bunch of love-themed tracks mostly culled from this week’s announcement to help get you in the mood. Or at least, some kind of mood. Happy listening. Love you all.
Valentine’s Day is upon us so in this month’s Latitude Loves it would only be right for us to celebrate, you guessed it, love!
Fill your ears and your heart with these swoonsome tracks picked by Latitude’s bookers Lucy Wood and Ed Lilo.
Anna Meredith – ‘Nautilus’
Lucy: ‘Nautilus’ isn’t exactly your traditional love ballad, but its central musical theme is based on an auditory illusion of an endlessly upward scale (Google ‘shepard tone’) could be interpreted as the enduring power of love.
Cate Le Bon – ‘Love Is Not Love’
Lucy: You never get a straight answer from Cate Le Bon and her lyrics. But this one seems pretty clearly about how difficult it is to get love right. Erm, Happy Valentine’s Day!
Stella Donnelly – ‘Mean to Me’
Lucy: Well, it appears that I’m not as romantic as I thought! We’ve all experienced one-sided relationships, whether first hand or via others, but few articulate those conflicted moments as deftly as Stella Donnelly.
Since her devastating ‘Thrush Metal’ EP in 2017, through her surprise appearance with fellow-Aussies Julia Jacklin and then Rolling Blackout Coastal Fever at 2019’s Latitude, we are ecstatic to finally welcome Stella to Latitude for a full set.
Keane – ‘Somewhere Only We Know’
Lucy: A de facto Keane banger, S.O.W.K. is a tip top unrequited love ballad that’s equal parts uplifting and somewhat worrying.
Latitude alumni Lily Allen’s cover ticked the John Lewis advert box, but the original is Keane’s breakthrough moment. It’s also an inevitable moment in the making for their Sunday Obelisk Arena performance at this year’s Latitude.
Girl Ray – ‘Like The Stars’
Lucy: Ed normally snaffles Girl Ray for these playlists but I got in first this time. Not that any of Girl Ray’s songs aren’t cute as heck, but wow this is cute and real and melancholy and thrilling and just so evocative of real love. So much love. And it is never easy.
Confidence Man – ‘Boyfriend [Repeat]’
Ed: Their first and perhaps most iconic track, ‘Boyfriend [Repeat]’ is especially ironic as (rumour has it) “Janet Planet” is dating another member of the band. Regardless, Confidence Man‘s show show on Huw Stephen’s Lake Stage in 2018 was a huge, memorable moment and their return to the festival this July is destined to be even bigger.
Purity Ring – ‘Push Pull’
Ed: One of the most underrated music acts IMHO, Purity Ring are super accessible but wow such depth. Incredible writing. And as of TODAY they have launched a new website teasing new material perhaps..?
chloe moriondo – ‘Luv Note’
Ed: Chloe Moriondo is a precocious, super-smart, astute observer of wow life love and growing up – something none of us are particularly good at. Latitude will be her debut UK festival show though if you’re quick there are still some tickets to see her support Cavetown later this month. OBSESSED.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Self-Immolate’
Ed: “I have gone insane-o / I lust for volcano” ROMANTIC OR WHAT?!
City and Colour – ‘Lover Come Back’
Ed: Beyond excited to have Dallas Green’s City and Colour project at Latitude. ‘Lover Come Back; is a hyper-relatable ode to a past lover that sets a regret-strewn scene many pining for past lovers will relate to.