Going For A Song: ‘Keep the Change’

Mattiel – Keep the Change

This year so far has been notable for songs entering my orbit and staying there on heavy rotation – Fontaines D.C.’s ‘Big’ and Mammoth Penguins’ ‘Closure’ come to mind.

The use of glockenspiel and those handclaps on the chorus of ‘Keep the Change’ had me coming back initially, and since returning I’ve not moved.

Going For A Song: ‘Rocket Man’

Elton John – Rocket Man

Been listening to a lot of Elton John recently. I would love to go see him on his last tour, but until that lottery win comes through I’ll just have to make do with live videos on YouTube.

I’m putting forward ‘Rocket Man’ as another alternative accompaniment to space exploration.

Going For A Song: ‘Big’

Fontaines D.C. – Big

I nearly overthought this. I heard ‘Big’ and my initial reaction was with gut, heart and limbs. Then my mistake – searching for information, seeing photos; the initial reaction became, as I listened to the album Dogrel, an inability to appreciate it for what it is. And what is it? A debut album by a group of young men: a mish-mash of styles, of bravado and openness, intelligent lyrics to songs that belong on a debut.

But I’d been here before. Bands have come and gone, unable to fulfil what I hope for them – it is wisdom, and it’s not wisdom, it’s something negative, whatever that might be. But, with persistence, listening, not fretting about what I think I know, I came to a halfway state: gut, heart and limbs in play, tempered slightly, but not too much as I claim Dogrel as the perfect debut album.