2014 will go down as one of the worst… “Bummer”, “way to kill the mood”, “wind yer neck in – ye big grl”. Fine. Apologies. Maybe this list gives some insight. This is what I had stuck on repeat – according to the digital operatives that track my every click – having been released in 2014. More time was spent in other years, decades even, with the likes of Buddy Guy. The Blues. Yes. How cliché for a saddo.
Aphex Twin – Syro
Richard D. James drops some beetz. Expectations were ridiculously high. No – this didn’t reinvent space time. Whoever alluded to that being a possibility was telling porkies. It did however serve as a reminder of what is possible when the artist has complete control over his materials. I bet his computer is crammed full of tracks that will never see the light of day. Someone should hang round his bins in the off-chance that a no longer loved Mac Book Pro gets chucked.
Pixies – Indie Cindy
Expectations were ridiculously low. Some nice riffage (Blue Eyed Hex) and a few ear worms (Bagboy with it’s delicious lyric – “I’m not feeling your buzz – I only smell your crock of stew”).
Sun Kil Moon – Benji
Read the review here - http://plasticandwax.net/2014/06/27/sun-kil-moon-benji/.
Real Estate – Atlas
I instantly felt nostalgic on first listening to this. An odd feeling for something you’ve never heard and one that kept me coming back. Has hints of The Kingsbury Manx (perhaps not as creative as the Manx however).
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I’m stopping at 4 before I add “Everyday Robots – Damon Albarn” in here and truly void any credibility. What I really want to add is - “Buddy Guy – anything at all“. Go on – do your ears a favour. He was 74 when he thrashed this out.
This cheered my grumpy eyes - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCt1bKjNsoc.
This awakened my forsaken ears - http://hardmanni.bandcamp.com/track/gun-pie.