Nick Cave & The Bad Seed – ‘I Need You’
After reading a review this week about the Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds gig at the O2 Arena in London I was reminded I hadn’t chosen, on its release last year, a song off Skeleton Tree for Going For A Song, though I had meant to at the time.
The song ‘I Need You’ might serve as a good indicator of Skeleton Tree as an album: lyrics are uncluttered, direct (evidenced by ‘I Need You’ as a title), sung by Cave in a voice that for the first time admits age and fragility into its timbre. Sounds of synths and parred back instrumentation – a tender wash of sound – are put in motion by Thomas Wydler’s drums; the Bad Seeds’ vocals provide additional support, together holding up and urging the song and singer forward to the main admission.
A year on from when I first heard them song and album have lost none of their emotional force. They are quite an achievement.
Jim Causley – Rewind
I’ve written about Jim Causley before, but it was this summer I listened to his album, Forgotten Kingdom, a lot; album and season weaving together in my mind. So to mark Friday’s equinox and the beginning of autumn I’ve chosen a song from that album that celebrates summer and its passing.
So come and roll me in the hay / Make a perfect end to a perfect day / For life is joy and life is gay / for only here and now
Spiritualized – Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
It’s twenty years this year since Spiritualized released their album Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space. An anniversary I was reminded of by Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour, and a recent Quietus feature, but confusingly marked by the band last year, a decision which Jason Pierce explains in The Quietus interview.
I loved this album when it was first released, listening to it constantly. From Kate Radley introducing the album on this the opening song (a suggestion of a state in which to maybe consider listening to what comes next) to the twenty-minute ‘Cop Shoot Cop’ that finishes it, this is an album that is ambitious, experimental, simple (the last two not incompatible with each other), and one which has become, in the twenty years since its release, one of my favourite albums of all time.
Kevin Morby – City Music
Kevin Morby has a new album out, City Music. I’ve only giving it a cursory listen and only half the way through at that, so this week’s post is more a bookmark than anything to remind me to listen again.
Iron & Wine – Call it Dreaming
After an album (2013’s Ghost on Ghost) and a couple of collaboration albums (Sing Into My Mouth and Love Letter For Fire) which left me nonplussed, I’m looking forward to the release of the new Iron & Wine album Beast Epic, after hearing ‘Call it Dreaming’, the first song taken from it.
The song, for me, encapsulates what Iron & Wine do, which is to create this intersection between a world we recognise and a world summoned up by the words of Sam Beam and the music of the band.
Mogwai – Take Me Somewhere Nice
I’ve been listening to Rock Action, the album that ‘Take Me Somewhere Nice’ is on, this week. It’s my favourite Mogwai album. In fact it’s probably the only Mogwai album I have really properly got into. I can even remember where and how much I bought it for: MVC Bromley for £1.
Oneida – ‘Captain Bo Dignifies the Allegations With A Response’ (08:07)
This week I was reminded, while reading the Quietus feature Quietus Writers’ Top 40 Noise Rock Tracks, how much I liked Oneida, especially their album Secret Wars which I bought unheard years ago as it was on sale and I knew the record label, JagJaguwar.
It’s all about the organ on this track.