Michael: I’ve been missing for the past few weeks so let me say that I’m very happy to be back and assure you that I’ve attempted to use the time productively (my ultimate team has gotten crazy good).
H: I’ve been listening to Neko Case a lot lately. Her latest album is popping up in end-of year lists all over the place (which are funny things they’re mostly reactions to what everyone’s been listening to the whole year so that when people feel embarrassed that they spent all summer listening to Lorde, they suddenly put down some random artist they found in November. Which is a long way of saying, Neko Case is great but if you didn’t notice a ton of coverage when she released ‘The Worse Things Get…’ but find it everyone now is precisely because it wasn’t noticed at first.) But whatever, this is great stuff – not too sappy for Christmas but more thoughtful than tropic-pop for all those cold afternoons by the fire (I don’t know your life) – so listen:
The Naked And Famous
H: I feel this is almost an ICYMI – I find it very difficult to gauge just how popular certain indie-rock bands are at any point – but you must check out TNAF’s latest album. I caught them live and they were brilliant; crazy energy, crazy vocals. And their new material is remarkable. It’s less edgy but more sophisticated and the result is singles like Hearts Like Ours which are rousing and catchy. Kinda like how Arcade Fire used to be:
M: Yeah, Reflektor bummed me out too. I won’t pretend to know what ICYMI means but I loved In Rolling Waves earlier this year. They’ve had to cancel loads of their gigs in their UK tour so you’re on of the lucky ones Henry, I would have killed for those tickets.
M: I get that this is very old but Ben’s Burgh Island EP has been the core of my winter playlist this year. As pleasant as his first LP was, Burgh Island has some really beautiful moments scattered amongst the usual singer/song-writer fanfare. Oats in the Water is a dark and intense piece of music that belongs on your playlist for this quiet and lonely winter mornings by the fire. That said, cheer up, it’s Christmas time.
M: If you want to cheer up,Thumpers is the way to go. I’ve listened to their first three singles probably a total of 250 times in the space of a week so yeah… the songs are good. The duo are from the ill-fated Pull Tiger Tail and have made some tunes that are incredibly catchy and a lovely throwback to my fave era of music (LSP’s era FYI).