Yes! We Have Sound: The Most Significant Albums Of 2005

I often find writing about music to be a strange and fussy preoccupation. The swash of subjectivity, refracted through blasé attempts to underline the mechanics of attraction. And should you subscribe to any notion that the records we listen to help to define us as people, disentangling the particulars of sound from this listener-gripped detail … Continue reading Yes! We Have Sound: The Most Significant Albums Of 2005

For What We Lack In Immediacy, We Gain In Texture: The Most Significant Albums Of 2002

2002. 2 Many DJ’s. Everywhere. As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt. 2. An involuntary aural companion, at times. Inescapable. Nights out. Days in. Who the hell invited you? became the question planted across my chops. Because ‘No Fun’ by The Stooges and ‘Push It’ by Salt ‘n’ Pepa are the same track, yes? Skee-Lo’s ‘I … Continue reading For What We Lack In Immediacy, We Gain In Texture: The Most Significant Albums Of 2002

Ladytron: 604 Reasons For Loving 604

Synth-pop. It achieves something, at its sharpest. A moulding of mood, perhaps – statements in short, staccato sequences. Individual notes, especially lower down the register, that suggest an otherworldliness. Retro yet futuristic. Unsettling whilst embracing. Dark and light – file under stark, under texture. And then there’s the début Ladytron LP (if you’re going to … Continue reading Ladytron: 604 Reasons For Loving 604

From Swamp Guitar To Synth-Pop Savvy: The Most Significant Albums Of 2001, Part Two

In part one of this, the vague consensus flapping about was that the record gods had their attentions elsewhere in 2001. That you could replace significant in the above title with the word difficult, and still retain the general tone. Albums as challenging constructs, vogues fleeting and inconsequential, or disparate and lacking in nutritional value. ‘The Night … Continue reading From Swamp Guitar To Synth-Pop Savvy: The Most Significant Albums Of 2001, Part Two