Sunday on Music Island, where amongst other things we’re currently all obsessed about the new single by The Duke Spirit, as well as (somewhat arbitrarily) being haunted by the ghost of Gerry Rafferty (seriously; if I have to suffer ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’ again, I’ll break something. It’s been following me about like a lost puppy of late. I may have to take out a restraining order).
Restless spirits and dodgy soft rock aside, there’s actually been some incredible records released this year. The prevailing breeze has been pointing us towards a more nuanced, textured sound of late, and whilst wonderful music is a constant, always there to be discovered if you know where to look, it’s refreshing that acts are receiving the acclaim that’s deserved (as well as absolving me from being quite so cynical all the time).
One thing I was never planning on compiling was some kind of December ‘best of’ listing; partly because the things are so fucking ubiquitous I actually grow a little bored reading many of them, but there’s also the fact that I usually discover some obscure and utterly delightful track, more often than not recorded on a four-track in someone’s bedroom, that would have been a shoe-in for the #1 spot had I heard the thing before the year expired. Still, if the remainder of 2011 is anything like the first eight and a bit months, I’ll be having to change my mind.
The Duke Spirit / Surrender