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

From Sleazy To The Stratosphere: The Most Significant Albums Of 1999

1999. A playlist shaped and sculpted by statements of familiarity. Albums by Arab Strap (Elephant Shoe). By The Auteurs (How I Learned To Love The Bootboys) and Belle And Sebastian (Tigermilk); acts this blog is forever banging on about. In my day job, I’m a spokesperson for The Dawn Of The Replicants Appreciation Society (Wrong … Continue reading From Sleazy To The Stratosphere: The Most Significant Albums Of 1999

Giant Typewriters

Strange echoes, the relationships we have with songs. Complex mechanisms constructed from unquestioning, unwavering loyalty. They circumvent the memory’s natural defences to attach, like a pernicious virus. And neither is it all about the seriousness or the cerebral; occasionally there’s a requirement for stomping dumbness in a tune (this record by Earl Brutus, I find, … Continue reading Giant Typewriters