Ivor Cutler – In The Chestnut Tree

Sometimes you find beauty in the most unexpected places. I was compiling a playlist of songs about wood for my wife last week (this isn’t quite as strange as it first sounds, it was our 5th wedding anniversary on Saturday, for which wood is the traditional gift. I did buy her a proper present as well), and was looking for some songs to include alongside … Continue reading Ivor Cutler – In The Chestnut Tree

Track of the week : John Cale & Brian Eno – Spinning Away

This week’s track of the week is by no means a new song, but it’s new to me at least. I had no idea that back in 1990 John Cale & Brian Eno had released an album together, but if I had, given their musical history, I would have expected it to be at the experimental, avant-garde end of the spectrum. In fact, it’s quite … Continue reading Track of the week : John Cale & Brian Eno – Spinning Away

Tracks of the year 2015

There were so many great songs to choose from in 2015, so to narrow it down to 11 I had to ask myself, which were the songs I listened to on repeat throughout the year? Even then, I was only able to narrow it down to 11 rather than the more traditional ten. So, here goes:

11. De Lux – Oh Man the Future

De Lux were our new band of the month back in September, but this was always my favourite song of theirs by far. As compelling and catchy as a paranoid rant about the future can be.

10. Leftfield and Sleaford Mods – Head and Shoulders

Sleaford Mods were perhaps the most divisive band of the year, as became apparent when a friend mentioned this track on Facebook. The split was pretty even between those who thought it was the worst thing they’d ever heard, and those who love it. I wasn’t sure at first, but grew to love it, with Leftield’s bassy electronic rumblings proving a perfect match for Sleaford Mods’ surrealist, angry ranting.

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Robert Wyatt – Shipbuilding

Shipbuilding was written by Elvis Costello and Clive Langer during the Falklands War, about the impact of the war in the traditional shipbuilding areas of the UK. Whilst returning prosperity (briefly) to those areas, it also meant sending their children to fight and possibly die for their country. Whilst this sounds like dry subject matter for a song, it manages to combine the political and the personal in a profound and beautiful manner. Lyrically, to me, it is one of the finest songs ever written. Continue reading Robert Wyatt – Shipbuilding