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Band Of Horses – The Funeral (2006)

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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.

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Midlake – Roscoe (2006)

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As I may have said before, Midlake’s 2006 album The Trials Of Van Occupanther is great. The opening track is ‘Roscoe’ is a sweet-sounding harmony of rootsy sounds. Close your eyes and think about collecting them pelts from the hills. Have a great week.

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Midlake – The Old & The Young (2013)

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Has it really been a decade since Midlake released their sublime second album The Trials of Van Occupanther? To my ears, they have never again reached those high sounds. That said, in 2013, the troubadour in them had a momentary return. From their fourth album Antiphon sprung ‘The Old & The Young’ with its echoes of the psychedelic side of Laurel Canyon.

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The Radio Dept. – It’s Personal (2006)

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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.

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Trentemøller ‎- The Last Resort (2006)

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Anders Trentemøller

Minimalist. Downtempo. Moody. It’s the title track off Anders Trentemøller’s platinum selling album The Last Resort.

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9 of the best – sounds of 2006

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…

Herculean – The Good, The Bad and The Queen

Beirut – Postcards From Italy

Beck – Cellphone’s Dead

Guillemots – Made Up Love Song #43

The Strokes – You Only Live Once

Midlake – Bandits

The Magic Numbers – This Is A Song

The Hold Steady – The Chillout Tent

Phoenix – Sometimes In The Fall

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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’.

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Grizzly Bear – Knife (2006)

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Ed Droste

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.

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Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra vs Nino Moschella ‎– Kiss The Sky (2006)

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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.

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Daniel Licht – Blood Theme (2006)

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Having cut his teeth on soundtracks for horror movies, Daniel Licht is best known for the eerie score that he composed for the TV show Dexter. ‘Blood theme’ and its uneasy string arrangement accompanies the credits of most episodes.

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The Album Leaf – Always for You (2006)

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Jimmy LaValle

When not playing guitar for Tristeza, Jimmy LaValle was recording for his project, The Album Leaf, the type of downtempo, electronic post rock that Brian Eno would be proud of. ‘Always for You’ was the second track off the 2006 album Into The Blue Again.

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Kelley Stoltz – Ever Thought Of Coming Back (2006)

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Kelley Stoltz

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.

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Trentemøller ‎- Miss You (2006)

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Hmmm… downtempo electronica. ‘Miss You’ is off Trentemøller’s debut solo long player The Last Resort. It provided a moving end to an exemplary exercise in ambient, minimal techno.

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Justice Vs. Simian – We Are Your Friends (2006)

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The same year Simian released their single ‘Never Be Alone’, a remix turned up on Ten Records. It started life as a competition submission by the French electronic duo Justice. The label settled on the title ‘We Are Your Friends’ by Justice Vs. Simian to mark the shift from electro rock to electro dance. The result was a huge raucous dancefloor chant.

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Cat Power – The Greatest (2006)

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‘The Greatest’ is an infectious mix of strings, subtle drums and piano noises, all overlaid with Chan Marshall’s soulful vocals about a young boy who wanted to become a boxer. Marshall is a.k.a. Cat Power and this evocative song was the title track off her 2006 album. It kicks off the album and this week. Have a good one.

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Sufjan Stevens – Did I Make You Cry On Christmas Day? (2006)

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In 2006, Sufjan Stevens went several steps further than the F’lips when he released his ‘Christmas gift to us all’, the five-volume Songs For Christmas. On Volume 4 ‘Joy’, he features his whimsical banjo-laden song  “Did I Make You Cry On Christmas Day? (Well, You Deserved It!)”. It sounds like the sad end of a relationship, but the brackets hint at something else. “I didn’t mean to yell, I said I couldn’t tell. I only grabbed your wrist, or would you rather we kissed?”

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