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‘Come on, chaps – let’s have a listen to that new joint from Chrysalis. Thompson’s gone on a pimp juice reccy. Last one to get crunk is a wet blanket’
Indeed. Well, there’s nothing like gathering in Norwegian woollen jumpers, lighting pipes and giving the last 12 months in music a right going over. That’s exactly what we’ve spent the last month doing. We now have a massive pipe tobacco dependance, broad 1940s accents and a penchant for calling each other by surname only. More truthfully, 2009 has been a sensational year for Chrysalis artists. Much lauded albums released, big gigs played, festival crowds won over, new artists signed, ads synched, tv spots spotted, Mercury prize nominations nominated, picnics played, Letterman’s performed, end of year lists invited.. So with that in mind for your aural (and sexual?) pleasure (no, probably not) here compiled are our musical revelations of the year. The ones that will endure in our minds for the longest into the new decade and beyond. Of course the choosing was very difficult. But 2009 according to Gareth, Sophie, David and Will was all about this:
Gareth ‘I’m the boss so I’m not putting anything here’ Smith:
YYY’s ‘Zero’ – Is the bit about a minute and a half in when the song is launched into orbit that makes me smile. On the tube. At randoms. YOU KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT.
THE CRIBS ‘Cheat on Me’. Effortless, honest and unpretentious.
EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS ‘Home’. A singalong stroke of brilliance by a band of 15 smiling people on stage – a cult you want to join.
Sophie ‘S’aink S’aink’ Urquhart:
THE BIG PINK ‘Too young to love (Unkle Remix)’ – Ridiculously cool track in itself. The Unkle remix just gives it that special s’aink s’aink. Pure ear joy.
THE LOW ANTHEM ‘Charlie Darwin’ – This song makes me want to smile and cry simultaneously.
GOSSIP ‘Four Letter Word’ – I love the insanely catchy synth bassline in this track which makes me feel like I’m at an 80’s discotheque every time I listen to it, which is a lot.
David ‘Why use one word when fifty will do’ O’Bryan:
BAT FOR LASHES ‘Daniel’ – Despite being drenched to the core at her Somerset House gig, seeing her perform a flawless rendition of this mystical pop song of Fleetwood Mac proportions is a definite gig highlight of ther year for me.
NATHAN FAKE ‘The turtle’ – I love techno when it’s for the head, like Aphex Twin. I love techno when it’s for the dancefloor, like Dubfire. But when you have techno that’s for the head AND the dancefloor in one song, it’s perfection. This song is just that.
PATRICK WOLF ‘Hard Times’ – His show at the Palladium is one of my favourite gigs of the year… seeing him sing this song in a giant glitter cape, whilst spinning like a pagan dandy, is one of my music highlights of the year.
Will ‘I grew attached to it’ Theakston:
THE HORRORS ‘Mirrors Image’ I have listened to this song 7,863 times this year. I marked each play by dropping a small paper effigy of the band in my ‘I love the Horrors bassline’ hope chest. That’s not weird.
METRIC ‘Satellite Mind’ The greatness of this song and Metric’s album should be screamed from the rooftops. We’re not allowed on our roof anymore, so I’ll scream it from a, er, blog.
ANDREW BIRD ‘Fitz and Dizzyspells’ If you could open a can and summer came out this song would be the accompaniment. LOVE the bird.
Oh, and without further ado..
Patrick Wolf is back (this morning) (yes!) with his fourth studio album, the Bachelor. Arriving amongst a swathe of blinding reviews, the Bachelor sees Patrick venture deep into dark pop landscapes, riding on a richly textured and ever diversifying sound full of cut up electro beats, haunting middle eastern strings, companions of choirs and production credits from Matthew Herbert and Alec Empire. Of course we are going to tell you we think it’s brilliant. So, yes- it’s brilliant.
‘a whispered breath away from sheer perfection.’ 9/10 Clash Magazine
‘Richly textured electro pop teems with flamboyance and sees Wolf come over like a cosmic Martin Fry.’ Observer Music Monthly 4/5
‘The spikey haired one man Cabaret refuses to come quietly.’ NME
** UNCUT 4/5 ** TIME OUT 5/6 **
‘Off off off with your head. Dance Dance Dance till your dead’. This is not an excerpt from a dance-off cussing match between the fire creatures from Jim Henson’s 1986 masterpiece, Labyrinth, and Fred Astaire. No. This is the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Their new video appears to have been filmed at Shunt Vaults in London Bridge. Videos involving Michael Jackson-impersonating werewolves normally go down well here..
** Patrick Wolf is all over Drowned in Sound ahead of next week’s release of The Bachelor. Sean ‘King of DiS’ Adams delves deeper thricely here: ‘Biscuits with the Bachelor’ / ‘Alec, Kate, Joni and Bjork Talk’ / ‘Back to the Bachelor’ **
And that’s all for today you little buggers.
Filed under: 1 | Tags: Fleet Foxes, Leonard Cohen, Patrick Wolf, The Horrors, White Lies
Links. They can be golf orientated, cuff related, and the word sounds like a type of wild cat (and deoderant for pre teens). Today’s links are related to none of these. Rather, these:
** The lovely people at Drowned in Sound meet The Horrors ** Fleet Foxes, Leonard Cohen and White Lies nominated for MOJO Honours 2009. Vote here! ** Exclusive photos of White Lies on tour in Berlin **
Wanted to post the excellent review of Patrick Wolf’s new LP, ‘The Bachelor’, from the CMU but couldn’t. Here’s a snippet: ‘A Solid and electric offering, and evidence that this man is truly more than just the Bowie of our generation – Patrick Wolf has honestly made one of the most courageous and heartbreaking albums of this year so far’. ** Click here to hear ‘Vulture’ from Patrick Wolf’s ‘The Bachelor’ **
Oh and you should definitely see this – New video from the Horrors for ‘Who Can Say’…
Variety is the spice of life. And so on this grey Friday afternoon let us offer you a little variety (with your spice) in our news delivery.
Starting with Patrick Wolf. We were all down in heaven (isn’t that some sort of oxymoron) last night to see his first UK date to promote his Bandstocks funded album, ‘The Bachelor’, due for release in June. David enjoyed the face held microphone, Will enjoyed the various (there’s that spice again) hair incarnations – long blond, hair ripped out on stage to create, wait for it, ‘short’ blonde hair, then hijab, then glitter – and everyone else enjoyed the costume change into something resembling the love child of Anthony Sher’s 1984 Richard 3rd spiderman suit and the Chief Skeksi from ‘The Dark Crystal’. An amazing performance and we’re thrilled to be back watching him live again.
The main excitement today, not including the arrival of biscuits this afternoon, was the news that White Lies are to follow their shows at SXSW with an appearance on Letterman on March 24th! We’re excited. Watch it if you get a chance (ie. if youtube still shows videos / you wake up by accident in America in front of a TV / you happen to have the power of streaming direct from TV in one country to mind in foreign country). Anyway, gig’s really don’t come much bigger and we think it’s great.
Now go forth and enjoy the weekend. Don’t be sad if, like Will, you also spent two long hours failing to acquire Michael Jackson tickets that weren’t practically on the roof of the O2 arena, behind the stage, positioned exactly behind the entire London Knights basketball team. Sigh.