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Broadcast – Corporeal (2005)

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Shortly before they released their 2005 album Tender Buttons, Broadcast had reduced to a duo. This change brought about a more stripped-back sound. On ‘Corporeal’, Trish Keenan and James Cargill create a pulsing beat and bass line that reminds me of the work of Yo La Tengo, albeit a touch more sultry. Have a great week.

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Richmond Fontaine – The Warehouse Life (2005)

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Last Friday, I went to a Richmond Fontaine gig in London. Love songs, art songs, folk songs, smart songs, Willy Vlautin’s narration always sounds like a man ruminating about modern life. The flannel shirt helps that impression. It is what alt-country should sound like before Jeff Tweedy turned it on its head. ‘The Warehouse Life’ was the opening track on 2005 album The Fitzgerald.

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The Felice Brothers – Her Eyes Dart Round (2006)

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Iantown was the first album pressing released by The Felice Brothers, but really it was the work of Ian Felice plus. However, the acoustic guitar and folk country set the tempo of what was to follow for the band. The album is out of print, but the track ‘Her Eyes Dart Round’ can also be found on their 2012 collection of home-recorded songs. God Bless You, Amigo.

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Guillemots – Trains To Brazil (2005)

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We kick the week off with 2005, the year that the Guillemots released ‘Trains to Brazil’ as an advanced single from their 2006 album Through the Windowpane. For a song that makes reference to Jean Charles de Menezes’ fatal journey on the London Underground, the sound is remarkably upbeat. Have a great week.

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Röyksopp – What Else Is There? (2005)

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Röyksopp 2005

Röyksopp were in their pomp in 2005. ‘What Else Is There?’ is the third single from their second album The Understanding. The choice of featuring the vocals of Karin Dreijer Andersson from The Knife was a masterstroke. While she wasn’t the star of the video (that spot had been reserved for Norwegian model Marianne Schröder), her Cyndi Lauper impression steals the show.

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9 of the best – sounds of 2005

I featured a few tracks from 2005 this week, but none of them made the cut. And so, in no particular order…

Kanye West feat. Adam Levine – Heard ‘Em Say

Sufjan Stevens – John Wayne-Gacy Jr

Sigur Rós – Hoppípolla

Brakes – You’re So Pretty

Arcade Fire – Wake Up

Spoon – The Beast And Dragon Adored

Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor

Okkervil River – A King And A Queen

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Baby C’Mon

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Honourable mentions also go to: Devendra Banhart for ‘Santa Maria Da Feira‘; Gorillaz for ‘Hong Kong‘; Smog for ‘Rock Bottom Riser‘; My Morning Jacket for ‘Wordless Chorus‘; Lindstrom for ‘I Feel Space‘; Dangerdoom for ‘El Chupa Nibre‘; Kelley Stoltz for ‘The Sun Comes Through‘; Super Furry Animals for ‘Zoom!‘; and Little Barrie for ‘Free Salute‘.

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Sufjan Stevens – Concerning The UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois (2005)

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‘Concerning The UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois’ is the opening track from Sufjan Stevens’ 2005 album Illinois. “When the revenant came down/We couldn’t imagine what it was/In the spirit of three stars/The alien thing that took its form/Then to Lebanon, oh, God!/The flashing at night, the sirens grow and grow”. A conceptual song for a conceptual album. Out there. Really out there.

 

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Super Furry Animals – Zoom! (2005)

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In the same year that Conor Oberst sang about the the first day of his life, Gruff Rhys pronounced “I can’t get enough of it/Kiss me with Apocalypse, an instant hit.” ‘Zoom!’ is relatively undemanding for a Super Furry Animals track, despite all of its epic scale. The song did a fantastic job at opening their seventh studio album Love Kraft.

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Bright Eyes – First Day Of My Life (2005)

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Back to work today and with family on their holidays. An air of melancholy pervades. ‘First Day Of My Life’ is off Bright Eyes’ 2005 album I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning. Bright Eyes was founded by singer-songwriter and guitarist Conor Oberst – he disbanded them in 2011.

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Kanye West feat. Adam Levine – Heard ‘Em Say (2005)

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Good morning. In 2005, Kanye released ‘Heard ‘Em Say’ as a double header with the Curtis Mayfield-inspired ‘Touch the Sky’. Despite the latter getting the most enduring plays, for me the A-side wins hands down – it’s the piano hook, the provocative lyrics and Adam Levine’s turn as Stevie Wonder that do it. Both tracks opened Mr West’s sophomore studio album, Late Registration. Have a great week.

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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Baby C’mon (2005)

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In 2005, Pavement hero Stephen Malkmus released his third solo album. Unexpectedly, toward the end of the album he features a cover of Özdemir Erdoğan’s 1972 track ‘Gurbet’. S.M. called it ‘Baby C’mon’, but it was nothing more disguised than that. An indie take on Turkish folk pop – I am almost certain I’ve never said that before. And of course, one forgives him… he’s provided a path to another artist. Just like I have Rod Stewart to thank for introducing me to Jorge Ben; well, sort of.

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Arcade Fire – Wake Up (2005)

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Recorded in 2003, released locally in 2004, available in the UK in 2005. When I finally listened to Arcade Fire’s debut album Funeral, I felt robbed for the delay. ‘Wake Up’ features all 15 musicians from the collective singing in unison. Bless them folks. Have a great weekend.

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My Morning Jacket – Wordless Chorus (2005)

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‘Wordless Chorus’ kicks off My Morning Jacket’s 2005 long player Z. Singer Jim James states his intentions from the outset with a synth and layers of harmonies. Have a great week. “So much goin’ on these days.”

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Seu Jorge – Space Oddity (2005)

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Better for me than listening to the starman this week. Seu Jorge sings ‘Space Oddity’.

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Marc Carroll – No Time At All (2005)

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I read that, after some years, Marc Carroll has put out a new album – Love Is All Or Love Is Not At All – on One Little Indian this month. It seems that the Dublin-born singer-songwriter has become politicised. With John Lennon and Bob Dylan among his inspirations, that would make sense. But back in 2005, it was his admiration for Brian Wilson that caught my attention. ‘No Time At All’ was off his second solo studio album World On A Wire. The track carefully blends the former Puppy Love Bomb/Hormones singer’s inner turmoil with a welcome harmony. Have a good week.

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