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9 of the best – sounds of twenty-tens

It keeps coming… the end of a decade of sound. It would seem that 2014 was peak twenty-tens to these ears. I give you the best of the decade in chronological order:

Beach House – Walk In The Park (2010)

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs (2010)

Frank Ocean – Pyramids (2012)

Liam Hayes – Rock & Roll (2013)

Spoon – Do You (2014)

Future Islands – Seasons (2014)

The War On Drugs – Eyes To The Wind (2014)

Car Seat Headrest – Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales (2016)

Sharon Van Etten ‎- Seventeen (2019)

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Honourable mentions also go to: A Great Big Pile Of Leaves for ‘We Don’t Need Our Heads‘ (2010); Lana Del Rey for ‘Video Games‘ (2011); Chance The Rapper for ‘Everything’s Good‘ (2013); Daft Punk for ‘Get Lucky‘ (2013); Floating Points for ‘Silhouettes‘ (2015); Kurt Vile for ‘Pretty Pimpin‘ (2015); Julia Holter for ‘Feel You‘ (2015); The Avalanches for ‘Because I’m Me‘ (2016); Kamasi Washington for ‘Truth (2017); Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever for ‘Mainland‘ (2017); King Krule for ‘Dum Surfer‘ (2017); Let’s Eat Grandma for ‘Donnie Darko‘ (2018); Father John Misty for ‘Just Dumb Enough to Try‘ (2018); Snail Mail for ‘Pristine‘ (2018); Weyes Blood for ‘Everyday‘ (2019); and Fontaines D.C. for ‘Roy’s Tune‘ (2019)

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Arcade Fire – Put Your Money On Me (2017)

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And last but not least in a week of hypnotic overtures, this one’s a real grower. When first listening to last year’s Arcade Fire album Everything Now, there were evident showstoppers, but the alluring sound of ‘Put Your Money on Me’ worked its way into my conscience. Have a great weekend.

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Arcade Fire – Creature Comfort (2017)

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With ‘Everything Now’ at the beginning of the month, and last week’s release of ‘Creature Comfort’, early signs are very good for Arcade Fire’s new project. The influence of collaborators Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter and Portishead’s Geoff Barrow are strong. The result is a synthesised intro that M83 or Chromatics would be proud of; and then the fatalistic chants… arenas get ready. Have a great week.

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Arcade Fire – Everything Now (2017)

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Daft Punk + Arcade Fire = ABBA, evidently. The disco-tinged title track of Arcade Fire’s new album Everything Now is co-produced by Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter. Released next month, the album is the follow-up to 2013’s Reflektor. Have a great weekend.

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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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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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Arcade Fire – The Suburbs (2010)

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For me, the title track is the best song on Arcade Fire’s 2010 grandstanding album The Suburbs. I can hear The Kinks, I can hear Bowie… need I say any more?

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The Kissaway Trail – La La Song (2007)

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The Kissaway Trail

After finding their coupled lead-vocal sound, Thomas Fagerlund and Søren Corneliussen started to create Kissaway Trail’s debut album. It was released on Bella Union a year after the label had brought us the superlative Trials of Van Occupanther. At times, the sound evokes The Flaming Lips and Arcade Fire. Not too shoddy a list of references.

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9 of the best – sounds of 2013

Just catching up on my back catalogue… the nine best sounds of 2013, in no particular order:

Boy & Bear – Southern Sun

Liam Hayes – Rock & Roll

Nick Mulvey – Cucurucu

David Bowie – Where Are We Now?

Cate Le Bon – Are You With Me Now?

Vampire Weekend – Step

Arcade Fire – Reflektor

Chance The Rapper – Everything’s Good

Daft Punk – Lose Yourself To Dance (2013)

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And in a particularly strong year, honourable mentions also go to: Daft Punk for ‘Get Lucky; Metronomy for ‘I’m Aquarius‘; Ninetoes for ‘Finder‘; Portugal. The Man for ‘Plastic Soldiers‘; Pharrell Williams for ‘Happy‘, Brazos for ‘How The Ranks Was Won‘; Tchami for ‘Promesses‘; Junip for ‘Line Of Fire‘; Phosphorescent for ‘Song For Zula‘; Mark Kozelek & Jimmy LaValle for ‘Somehow the Wonder of Life Prevails‘; Cage The Elephant ‎for ‘Telescope‘; the Arctic Monkeys for ‘Do I Wanna Know?‘; and Olafur Arnalds for ‘Happiness Does Not Wait‘.

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Tears For Fears – Ready To Start (2013)

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Head Over Heels has me thinking TFF… and what would you know, it’s the perfect segué for introducing the most convenient of covers. Tears For Fears have released an electro version of Arcade Fire’s ‘Ready To Start’. “It’s not like the original,” says TFF linchpin Roland Orzabal. It’s not as good as the original, Roland, but it’s a great song and a return to the limelight nonetheless. Are we to expect more from the west country duo? Will it also feature misplaced mistimed drum-and-bass break-outs? I hope so and no.

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Arcade Fire – Reflektor (2013)

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Dave and Nick, this is Arcade Fire. Bringing things right up to date, Arcade Fire are letting people (that care) really know that they are about to release the album that is Reflektor . An interactive music video, surprise gigs, coded artwork and rumours that David Bowie will feature on the LP. Well, it’s all true; at around the 5 minute mark, you can hear Bowie add: “Thought you would bring me to the resurrector”. Produced by Bowie aficionado James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem), the title track is a bongo-laden disco number. That’s right, it’s out of nowhere and it’s rather good. And half way through, it gets very good.

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Modest Mouse – Float On (2004)

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Let’s kick off the week with some drums. The anthemic guitar pop of ‘Float On’ appears on Modest Mouse’s 2004 album Good News for People Who Love Bad News. But it is Benjamin Weikel’s drumming that comfortably takes centre stage before handing over the singalong chorus. The combination with Isaac Brock’s vocals is very Talking Heads, with a slice of proto-Arcade Fire thrown in for good measure, which can only be good.

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Arcade Fire – Neighbourhood 3 (2005)

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Watching Arcade Fire perform Neighbourhood 3 (Power Out) on Later with Jools Holland in May 2005, you could see what David Bowie was publicly getting so excited about. There is so much going on – busy, passionate and primal, but full of melody. An astonishing song… almost a rallying cry. “The power’s out in the heart of man/ Take it from your heart/ Put it in your hand”. And all delivered live in studio.

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