is this not the most emotional thing you’ve ever seen?
I thought I’d put my favourite tracks of 2013 into a list for no other reason I can think of other than the fact that I have OCD tendencies with regards to categorisation and order (you should see my iTunes, not one album without its artwork). So this is a list of my favourite tracks that were released this year, they lean towards the pop spectrum of music purely because pop’s very nature is to condense all pleasure into 3 and half minutes. I’ll probably do another list at the end of the year with my favourite albums and it’ll be very different aesthetically.
1. Barcode by Blood Diamonds
2. Chamakay by Blood Orange
3. Lost It To Trying by Son Lux
4. Change Your Life by Iggy Azalea
5. Play By Play by Autre Ne Veut
Our last show of the year!
We’re incredibly grateful to have been able to share a stage with The Appleseed Cast and June Miller.
We’re going to be taking a break from shows now whilst we take time to write new material, thanks to everyone who has booked us, come to a show, given us a place to stay or bought some music.
See you soon
We had a great time at Swn Festival and Carefully Planned Festival.
Last show of the year (and for a while) is in Dalston at Birthdays with Appleseed Cast.
This came in the post today and I’m thoroughly enjoying it, I’ve already read 200-odd pages. So far it’s covered the pragmatics of music; how surroundings influence the music that is written within them, as well as David’s personal experience with performing music.
It’s so refreshing to hear a musician who, for all intents and purposes, played in a band that was routed in punk, talking about the theatrics of performance. How elements such as choreography and even ‘stage outfits’ were as important to the performance as the music itself. This is actually something which I’ve always believed, and for whatever reason seems to be somewhat of a sore subject when it comes to independent (or DIY, whatever you call it) music (isn’t the punk aesthetic’s rejection of these elements, its own form of theatrics?).
Mention is also made of the way larger bands (reference is made to the ‘Stop Making Sense’ tour) lose the identity of the individuals and become a more abstract entity, something that I’ve always been conscious about, playing in a 7 piece band.
It’s definitely providing a lot of food for thought and inspiration at the moment whilst writing new music.
If any of you are Spotify users, I (Alex) made a playlist of songs that are currently a source of inspiration whilst writing new music.
The Revival Hour - Hold Back
Autre Ne Veut - Warning
Japan - Ghosts
Scott Walker - Copenhagen
The Weeknd - Belong To The World
Julia Holter - Maxim’s II
Baths - Earth Death
These New Puritans - Field Of Reeds
Waiting Game - Banks
Steve Reich - You Are Wherever Your Thoughts Are
Photos by Liz Seabrook