It’s Sunday, it’s past 1pm and that means you missed my radio show again, didn’t you? Don’t worry, I’m not angry with you. Just play that little embedded podcast above and we’ll forget it ever happened. Ok?
January 18, 2009
Sometimes songs will reappear in your head for no reason. You’ll start humming a tune, and only recognise what that song is a minute later. I love it when this happens, it’s a true affirmation of loving a song, that it’s buried almost subconsciously into you. For me, today, it was “Midnight Surprise” by Lightspeed Champion.
To create an epic folk song is no mean feat, but Dev Hynes managed it and then some, the minutes fly by without warning. The amount of times I’ve listened to it and suddenly found myself on the next track, 10 minutes later, is astonishing. By using country and Western slide guitar, traditional acoustic guitar, strains of violin, classical piano and judicious sprinklings of background Hammond organ he’s created a tapestry of a song, flowing like a story from one verse to another. The addition of Emmy The Great’s vocals in the mid-section accompanied by pizzicatto violin plucks is just lovely too. There’s almost too much to talk about within it, and yet it holds together so well. Would it be impetuous to say that this is the folk “Paranoid Android”? Probably, but I will anyway. And that’s two Radiohead comparisons in two posts, I really have to tone that down…
December 9, 2008
It’s the end of the year, and sure as eggs is eggs there are music lists, polls and debates galore. I’m a sucker for a good end-of-year list, so I’m sure as hell gonna contribute my own. So without further ado, here are my top ten albums of the year: