Tangential music blog has tangents. Tangential music blog is sitting at a pavement café with a glass of beer and “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” by Saint Etienne wafting in on a gentle breeze. Tangential music blog tries terribly hard not to repeat itself… Shoegaze, blah blah, I’m drunk, blah blah. Saturn’s ring system turns me on, and of that we’ll repeat until fade. But then again, that’s what possessing the music gene entails; the context evolves and the soundtrack develops, but into the gaps the standard songs always fall – if only due to the sheer depth of satisfaction that comes with hitting play. If I’m being honest: it’s humbling.
Hiding beneath “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” – the solitary Saint Etienne disc that’s ever worked for me (is an issue of liking the idea of the band rather more than the reality; my loss) – you’ll find that act, again. The one I’ve written about before. I can’t help myself: buttons have been pressed, and the artists who comprise my desert island disco have nominated themselves – it’s only the precise selection of tracks that flickers with that gentle breeze.
My favourite Magnetic Fields album changes just as regularly as the wind; Holiday is one hell of a clever electro-pop high, and 69 Love Songs touches the listener in exactly the way the title advertises. But 2008’s Distortion – that’s a record that filters Stephin Merritt’s craftwork through a gauze of Psychocandy Jesus and Mary Chain goodness. What’s not to adore?
And I do now solemnly swear not to write about the Magnetic Fields. For at least a week.
Saint Etienne / Only Love Can Break Your Heart
The Magnetic Fields / Three-Way
Incidentally, the title of this post works in two, distinct ways. The Desert Island Discs
radio show reference you got, but track two of Holiday – you know, that Magnetic Fields album I keep promoting – is called “Desert Island”. I tell you what; e-mail me your address, and I’ll pop round with it; one freshly-minted slice of vinyl k’pow. You can make me some toast while I raid your liquor cabinet.