Right now, there is a set of 5 songs that are on infinite (till infinity tires and dies, which should be in a couple of weeks from now) loop in my head. Tunes that hold me in thrall.
I heard the band My Morning Jacket for the first time on their latest album ‘Circuital’. What can I say – I’m left hungering for more. I love the album in its entirety and am held captive from the very first song ‘Victory Dance’. This song slowly lays its grasp on you, weaving its dark magic and finally engulfs you in its sinuous folds.
If that stranglehold is released, it’s only for Adele to sear you with the ferociousness of her vocal attack on ‘Rolling In The Deep’. Adele’s is a rare voice – powerful, passionate and stupendously emotive. Surely, the great voices of Soul have found one to carry their legacy forward. And she combines that with rich song-writing talent. Sample this:
Baby, I have no story to be told,
But I’ve heard one of you and I’m gonna make your head burn,
Think of me in the depths of your despair,
Making a home down there as mine sure won’t be shared
Menwhopause’s (gosh, how I hate that name) album ‘Easy’ – as that title suggests – is a great example of how great cool, underplayed music can sound. This is a band that has eschewed the tendency of bands from India to go heavy/thrash metal. Their sound on ‘Easy’ is typified by ‘Puppet and Paupers’, which brings to mind the beautifully understated and elegant guitar sound of David Gilmour and Mark Knopfler.
TV On The Radio has opted for a mellower sound on their latest album ‘Nine Types of Light’ as compared to their earlier ‘Dear Science’ and ‘Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes’ (yes, I loooove that title). ‘Repetition’ is one of the few really up-tempo songs on this latest album of theirs. There are segments in the song where I felt subjected to a carousal of voices rapidly replacing each other. Brilliant. But that’s not the only reason I love this song – I can’t get over its opening lines
To arrive ahead of its time
Is the fate of the fish
Washed up on the shore
And to round this set up, there’s White Denim’s instrumental ‘At The Farm’. This is a song you want to see/hear live – it lends itself so easily to colossal extended play. Think The Allman Brothers Band’s ‘Whipping Post’ at a concise 5 minutes in the studio exploding into a 22-minute riot at Fillmore East. On ‘At The Farm’, White Denim highlights a barely-in-check double guitar assault backed by one of the tightest rhythm sections that I have heard in recent times.
As is the practice, the accompanying audio file has samples of songs in the order that they’re listed above (highlighted in bold).