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9 of the best – sounds of noughties

It would seem that 2004 was peak noughties (to these ears…):

The Avalanches – Since I Left You (2000)

 The Strokes – Modern Age (2001)

The Flaming Lips – Do You Realize? (2002)

Broken Social Scene – Stars And Sons (2003)

The Walkmen – The Rat (2004)

Sébastien Tellier – La Ritournelle (2004)

Sigur Rós – Hoppípolla (2005)

 Midlake – Bandits (2006)

Beirut – Nantes (2007)


Honourable mentions also go to: Lambchop for ‘Up With The People’ (2000); Outkast for ‘Ms. Jackson’ (2000); Ian Brown for ‘F. E. A. R.’ (2001); The Shins for ‘New Slang‘ (2002); Kings Of Leon for ‘Red Morning Light‘ (2003); Radiohead for ‘A Wolf At The Door’ (2003); Mew for ‘Comforting Sounds’ (2003); Kasabian for ‘Club Foot’ (2004); Danger Mouse for his remix of ‘Public Service Announcement’ (2004); The Good, the Bad and the Queen for ‘Herculean’ (2006); The Hold Steady for ‘The Chillout Tent‘ (2006); The Strokes for ‘You Only Live Once’ (2006); and Jay Electronica for ‘Exhibit C’ (2009).

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BNQT – Restart (2017)


Formed by Midlake’s Eric Pulido, BNQT (Banquet) is a supergroup comprising Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell, Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos, Fran Healy of Travis, and Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle. Songwriting duties were split between the five singers for their upcoming album, Volume 1, while the remaining members of Midlake provide the backing band. The whole is groovier and heavier than the sum of its parts. Like Tame Impala flirting with Bolan-esque glam.

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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)



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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Fossil Collective – Wolves (2013)


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Where The Kinks had in one track made a US sound their own by reinventing it, Fossil Collective prefer their americana straight up. Think of Fleet Foxes, Midlake and Band Of Horses. The single ‘Wolves’ is off their album Tell Where I Lie. Listening to Dave Fendick, you cannot hear sound of Yorkshire. The band was born out of the ashes of the Leeds act Vib Gyor, but its Englishness is hidden deep.

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Midlake – Bandits (2006)

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These guys are from Texas, and in 2006, they released their second album, The Trials Of Van Occupanther. Midlake had developed their own take on that type of ’70s US soft rock that was once so dominated by Fleetwood Mac. The music conjured up pastoral images of pioneers. The wistful stories of ‘Bandits’, hunters and homesteads were timeless and very popular in the Samuel household/car/ear.

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