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Mental Health Awareness Week: Top Tracks

18 May 2019

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Here at ACM we value your mental health with the utmost priority, which is why we find it incredibly important to do our bit, from aiding you with support through our Student Services team, to even simply supplying you with a list of handpicked tracks to make sure you head into the weekend with a positive mind – we’re there to care. #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

Kizzie  – Serenity

Relinquish into the mesmeric solitude of Kizzie Proctor’s ‘Serenity’ and within just under 3 minutes, you’ll find the world a much calmer place. As it interweaves soft, lusciously- accented guitar strumming with lyrics that revolve around notions of finding inner peace, ‘Serenity’ will wash its listener’s worries straight into the plug hole.  Simply aid yourself with a bottle of bubble bath, an aromatic set of candles and the hushed tones of Kizzie’s remarkably soothing voice, and you’ve got yourself the ultimate self-care kit.

Sleepy Folk – Strides

Do you ever wake up in the morning, too snug to possibly even think about removing yourself from bed, wishing you could somehow shuffle your way into work still wrapped up in your duvet? Well here’s a track for you – ‘Strides’ by Sleepy Folk will make you feel just as cozy, except now you’re sat at your desk with earphones in, suitably dressed, with this song on repeat. Blending harmonised vocal lines, dainty guitar plucks, xylophone taps and even a harmonica melody towards the end, this track is an effortlessly pleasant listen that will in no doubt make listeners a little sleepy eyed (in a good way, of course).

James Collins – Sun Down

Bag yourself a sunset in a bottle with James Collins’s track ‘Sun Down. Cocooned in a flurry of intertwining vocal layers, the track mimics ocean waves through its rising and falling melody, beachy sound effects, and through its peaceful, tranquil style. It’s always important to take a few minutes out of your day to relax and be mindful, and this is the perfect soundtrack to do exactly that.

Luke Lorenz – ByePolar

For this top track, Luke Lorenz’s ‘ByePolar’ takes a more hands-on approach to the theme of internal conflict, with powerful lyrics and an aggressive backbone, Lorenz is taking back the power with this super-motivating, thought-provoking tune. As he shouts his lyrics with a strong sense of urgency and control, the emotion that transpires through each line is truly inspiring. Listen below:

Emerald Iona – Blurry Vision

Although Emerald Iona claims to “not have the answers” in her track ‘Blurry Vision’, we’re here to tell you that if you’re wondering what to listen to this weekend, we have them – and it’s this track. Starting off with classy piano keys, this track oozes sophistication through its laid-back, mellow style and elegant prowess. Settle down into your comfiest pj’s, empty your mind, turn this track up and watch the noise of the world around you fade into the background. Happy listening.

Find more on our This Is ACM: Mental Health Awareness playlist here. 

If you’re struggling with your mental health please do not hesitate to contact our student services team on or by calling 01483 500 800.

If you’d like to learn more about how we can help kick-start your career, why not come along to one of ACM’s Open Days.

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