These past two weeks have been slow-paced in terms of new music. There have been a few releases – namely The Joy Formidable’s ‘Big Roar’, The Go Team’s ‘Rolling Blackouts’ and Destroyer’s ‘Kaputt’ – which I have enjoyed, but nothing has stood out. In other music news, Death from Above 1979 have issued an official reunion statement and The White Stripes have officially split up, although why this is a surprise to anyone is beyond me. The last time they played live was in 2007 and Jack White is balancing more side projects and production commitments than he’s had hot dinners, thus making it fairly impossible to ever continue with The White Stripes in a big way. However, we salute Jack and Meg in this fortnight’s Playlist and despite only having six tracks, I believe this Playlist is short and sweet.
The White Stripes – Fell in Love With a Girl
In celebration of their departure, we kick off the playlist with the song that, for me, summed them up as a band perfectly.
Bright Eyes – Coat Check Dream Song
In anticipation of the release of ‘The People’s Key’, I’ve been listening a lot to Oberst’s back catalogue. Coat Check Dream Song is a really interesting song off Cassadaga, I love the rhythm, the instrumentation and the washed-out, echoey atmosphere.
The Joy Formidable – Austere
My favourite song off ‘The Big Roar’, The Joy Formidable don’t seem to be trying anything new or innovative, but they have a massive sound! Throughout the album there are moments where you wonder how they can create such a noise with only three members.
Flying Lotus – Tea Leaf Dancers
Flying Lotus filled in for Benji B last week on Radio 1 with an amazing Brainfeeder special and ever since I have had FlyLo’s LP’s and EP’s on rotation. Tea Leaf Dancers is off his ‘Reset EP’ and is an amazingly chilled-out song. Flying Lotus did a session last year at Radio 1’s Maida Vale studios and this is one of the songs he did complete with a live band. If anyone has a full video of it, I would hugely appreciate it, all I can find are teaser videos!
Thrice – Come All You Weary
I’ve been listening to their ‘Live at the House of Blues’ album alot recently for no particular reason apart from the fact that they are an amazing live band and this album has a great set list that shows just how versatile they are as a band. Come All You Weary is a perfect weekend song.
Death From Above 1979 – Blood On Our Hands
And we close on another celebratory note! Listen to this song and you will quickly realize why so many people are excited about their reunion.
I’ve done it slightly differently this week, but this is MUCH more effective. Instead of putting a Youtube link every song title, I have made a Youtube playlist so you can just press play and let it work it’s magic. Amazing, ey?
YOUTUBE LINK: Weekend Playlist #3
SPOTIFY LINK: Weekend Playlist #3