Criminally neglected album in my view – there didn’t seem to be anywhere near the love shown to it as it deserved. Definitely my most listened to track of the year and the rest of the songs on the album weren’t far behind. A future classic anyway.
Jim O’Rourke – Friends with Benefits
Can’t think of another band doing this kind of dark, experimental but melodic stuff. Amazing song and suitably odd video.
Scattered Clouds – Enchanteresse
It’s always great to find an (annoyingly) undiscovered gem while trawling the never ending seas of the internet. Charming in a Ben Folds in his heyday kind of way…
Owen Duff – Nobody Loves a Tortured Soul
C Duncan – Gardens
Just brilliant chord changes. And harmonies – I’m always a sucker for those.
Chastity – Manning Hill
Not sure what I can add from my original review – it’s got a fantastic mix of discordant guitars and gorgeous dark melodies and is a prime example of how there are some incredible songs out there that don’t get the publicity they deserve.
Support the band and buy it here: https://chastitysongs.bandcamp.com/track/manning-hill
Just outside the top 5, but ace songs nonetheless.
6. Field Music – The Noisy Days are Over
7. Foals – What Went Down
Here’s the start of my 2015 run-down, from 10 to 8. Fantastic songs…
8. This is the Kit – Silver John
9. Kate Tempest – Europe is Lost
10. Viet Cong – Continental Shelf
I’ll be doing a top 5 (or ten) of the year, but this is my last review for the foreseeable future – got to focus on my own new music!
Thanks for reading over the past few years.
I’m ending with a fantastic song!
Protest songs aren’t dead. Too many spot on lyrics here to mention. Some might argue it’s a futile exercise, simply highlighting what many already believe, but it’s also a rallying call to stand against our current culture that values things over people. Listen…
Thanks to BBC 6 Music
Recording new songs myself has played havoc with my reviewing over the last month, but there were two fantastic songs that kept buzzing round my brain:
Get out a ruler and pencil and you’ll be able to draw a straight line from Talking Heads, through Gabriel’s Sledgehammer and LCD Soundsystem to Field Music. An uplifting tune with a stellar chorus that beckons you to the dancefloor. There’s no refusing!
Thanks to BBC 6 Music