I have wanted to make playlists for this blog for ages, and this morning I was having a read around Skeletory‘s blog (amazing blog, check it out) and I realised that Soundcloud allow you to make sets!? I don’t know why I never realised this before, as I’ve listened to loads of sets but never thought about making one.
So this first playlist is a summary of my favourite tracks of this last month. Be prepared for playlists for every occasion, festival and season of the year. Looking back, it’s been a good month for music. Ahhhh…
Until a few weeks ago, Kurt Vile was one of those people who I’d heard a lot about, but never sat down and listened to. And boy am I regretting that now. I picked up a copy of his album in Rough Trade after hearing Baby’s Arms, and quickly became entranced by this record. Ultimately, Kurt Vile is a brilliant songwriter. He doesn’t have the voice of an angel, and the instrumentation isn’t anything new, but its the songs that strike you.
So many great melodies, well written lyrics and quite a 70′s James Taylor, Tim Buckley vibe about the tracks on this album. Jesus Fever is a standout, but Baby’s Arms, Ghost Town, Peeping Tomboy and so many others have such wonderful elements to them. It’s lo-fi folk, in some places there is minimal production and sometimes its just Kurt and a guitar, but other songs build up the full sound of his band The Violators. Both work really well in different songs. A great songwriter for the new hipster generation.
Standout Tracks: Baby’s Arms, Jesus Fever and Peeping Tomboy
Everybody absolutely has to go out and buy ‘Smoke Ring For My Halo’ by Kurt Vile. Stunning record, excellent songwriting. This song has quickly become one of my songs of the year.
And I like this song from Cass McCombs. I don’t have his album, but he describes it as this on his website… ‘Humour Risk is an attempt at laughter instead of confusion, chaos instead of morality, or, as fellow Northern Californian Jack London puts it ‘I would rather be ashes than dust!’” Which actually makes a lot of sense if you think about it.
And I thought I’d just add in this song. From The Antlers.