Some midweek midtempo sounds… Vetiver’s frontman Andy Cabic is a good friend of Devendra Banhart. Where Banhart’s neofolk channels Tropicália, Cabic’s work is very West Coast. ‘I Know No Pardon’ features on Vetiver’s sophomore album To Find Me Gone.
Power popsters Plain White T’s were never particularly cool. But get frontman Tom Higgenson thinking about track star Delilah DiCrescenzo and there is something magical in the air. ‘Hey There Delilah’ was released in May 2006 as the third single from their third studio album All That We Needed.
In 2006, DJ Andy Weatherall released the EP The Bullet Catcher’s Apprentice on his own Rotters Golf Club label. The pressing was was his first ever under his own name. On the opening track ‘Feathers’, Weatherhall shares writing credits with his long-time Sabres of Paradise/Two Lone Swordsmen collaborator Keith Tenniswood. The ongoing partnership remained electronic and effective.
From nature to an outright affected indie anthem. ‘When You Were Young’ was released in September 2006 as the lead single off The Killers’ sophomore album Sam’s Town. Heavily influenced by the early work of Bruce Springsteen, Brandon Flowers came up with the standout, singalong lyric, “He doesn’t look a thing like Jesus, but he talks like a gentleman.”
A simple start, a high pitch and a break out equals a strong lead single. ‘The Funeral’ is the fourth track on Band Of Horses’ 2006 album Everything All The Time. My Morning Jacket, Neil Young… the musical references are hardly hidden, but the sound is sweet. Ben Bridwell’s soaring vocals leave listeners with a definite impression.
Swedish popsters The Radio Dept. created something quite ethereal on the opening track of their album Pet Grief. ‘It’s Personal’ is not innovative or representative of what followed, but it is a great way to start an album and this week. By 2006, the band’s lineup had settled as a trio: Johan Duncanson, Martin Carlberg and Daniel Tjäder. The former penned this instrumental sound.
Ten years ago, we may not have had a 366th day, but there was plenty of solace in the sounds of 2006. In no particular order…
Honourable mentions also go to: Finally Moving for ‘Pretty Lights‘; Kelley Stoltz for ‘Ever Thought of Coming Back‘; The Fratellis for ‘Chelsea Dagger‘, Ghostface Killah for ‘Shakey Dog‘; Peter Bjorn & John for ‘Young Folks‘; TV On The Radio for ‘Wolf Like Me‘; The Bird And The Bee for ‘Again And Again‘; Grizzly Bear for ‘Knife‘ and Loney, Dear for ‘I Am John’.
It was a year later and more harmonies were flowing. This time it was the music of Ed Droste and his Grizzly Bear. ‘Knife’ is from the band’s second long player, Yellow House. This ladle of sensational psychedelic pop was released as the album’s first single in 2007.
Released on Ubiquity, Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra vs Nino Moschella’s Kiss The Sky EP was anything but – that was until it started getting airplay as a backdrop to a number of commercials. The title track takes the plaudits with its funky beat grooves, instrumentation and Nino Moschella’s falsetto overtures.
It’s The Beach Boys… oh no, hold on a second, it’s not. But, singer-songwriter Kelley Stoltz certainly reveres the sounds of Brian Wilson. Off his first full length release Below the Branches, ‘Ever Thought Of Coming Back’ was released 2006 on the Sub Pop label. Have a great weekend.