Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – I Need You (2016)
Oneohtrix Point Never – Animals (2016)
Life Without Buildings- The Leanover (2000)
In the time this band formed in Glasgow, Scotland, released this amazing single, signed to an indie label, released their only album, received some positive press, then split up and I confess…
Spiritualized – I think i’m in love (chemical brothers remix) (1998)
…or he who hesitates is lost? too many questions or not enough? to leap in and risk humiliation, hurt, disillusionment, to assess and re-asses all the angles, the possibilities, the probable leads one around in a circle, tail following mouth round and round we go. in love? probably just hungry.
The Cult – She Sells Sanctuary (1985)
Billy Duffy’s warrior riff rips through the trashing waves, mounts the rocky shores of Newfoundlands and we fall to our knees, submitting willingly to its pagan purity, storm clouds cloak the earth and stone of the ancestors,an ecstatic mating call to bring forth Valkyrian maidens from all corners of this Valhalla.
Rising from the primal muck wastelands (or suburbs) of West Yorkshire to inhabit the cock rock, jack daniels industry gutter of Sunset Strip, The Cult are aptly named within their homeland,the band often finding more commercial acceptance within the contrived LA rock and roll sleaze factory, the wide open spaces of North America more accepting of seekers, chancers and myth makers than in the English provinces.
But enough of the grand, pompous cultural pronouncements and revel in the evergreen glory of their breakthrough 1985 single, a grab you by the balls attention seeker that barrels through caution and restraint with awesome control and like all great rock and roll music, transforms and transports any and all who cop an earful of its ad friendly majesty to a universe of their choosing.
Marcel King – Reach For Love (1984)
When all else fails, turn it on, turn it up, music is the love I need, everybody needs something.
If what you need is ‘Demon beat boxes and sequencers with minds of their own…’ with a ‘sweet-voice tenor there in the middle..’ well, then ladies and gents you are on the same wavelength as the anonymous music journo who described Marcel King’s 12′ single Reach For Love as such in the Singles Review section of Billboard magazine way back on October 6th, 1984.
Released on Manchester label Factory Records in the UK and distributed by A&M and hmmm, what’s this? Under ‘Producer’ it says ‘not listed’. Not really a surprise with Factory’s infamous knack for self sabotage you might think for the pop aficionados and historians amongst you but then perhaps the actual producer, Bernard Sumner wanted the song to be judged on it’s own merits and not compared to New Order’s prodigious output at the time, their music under the heavy sway of American hip hop and dance music of the time.
The dreamy, lush synths and hypnotic grooves present on Power, Corruption and Lies (1983) and Lowlife (1985) are mirrored here but replacing Sumner’s doleful pageboy yelpings
with Kings smooth ecstacy motivations to create a floor filler that never the less, history shows to be the exact opposite of a hit yet seemingly one that is close to Shaun Ryder’s dark madchester heart.
Twin Shadow – Five Seconds (2012)
Well isn’t this something? This guy’s emotiveness and style just knocks me sideways. Dominican born, New York based singer, musician and writer Twin Shadow aka George Lewis Jr’s new album Eclipse, out now on Warner Brothers I will be diving into quick and proper.
This is deepdish electro pop to swoon to, glancing back at the Eighties (e.g.,The Smiths, Human League,Depeche Mode, Erasure etc) – a cultural currency favoured by many a post-millenial popster – and pulling you into his bruised heartland with a sensitive croon that demands, pleads and goddamn it, fuckin yearns, full of affect sure but sans the irony, detachment, bland dutifulness and technique that plagues the empty pretenders of modern pop. Sample this adrenaline fueled declaration from his 2012 album Barriers , released through iconic UK indie label 4AD.
Future Islands – Seasons Change (Waiting on You) (2014)
It dawned on me just there I’ve listened to far too much Brian Eno-esque ambient soundscapes for months on end now, music with a distinct lack of pulse, nourishing for the soul of course but in my advancing age, it’s nice to remind myself that I am alive and still feel the quickening of my blood, the surging of ones heart, the raising of ones spirit triggered by something (or someone) sublime. Here is something which sounds urgent yet reflective, wide open but reigned tight, wise yet innocent, sensitive and stoic, emotional but steady in time, bracingly direct, sensuous, compelling, soul in tandem with body.