‘Pumped Up Kicks’ by Foster The People continues to receive so much airplay that it should start to grate, but that it surprisingly doesn’t (as I say it, I accept that opinion could be divided on that – this is only mine) is a tribute to how good a tune it is. But dig a little deep and you’ll discover a lyrical heart that beats out a dark and disturbing note.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
You better run, better run, faster than my bullet
And he’s bringing me a surprise
‘Cause dinner’s in the kitchen and it’s packed in ice
One of the most beautiful album releases this year’s Gillian Welch’s ‘The Harrow & The Harvest’. This is the first and so far unfortunately the only one of the albums that she and her partner, David Rawlings have created that I have heard. And I’m hooked. From it is the first song, the excellent bluesy folk tune ‘Scarlet Town’. Incidentally the album also has one of the loveliest covers that I’ve ever seen.
I’m an avowed fan of Angelique Kidjo. On ‘Naima’, as with most of her songs, I do not follow the language but I’m touched and moved by a primal emotion evoked by the force of her singing. Wonderful creatures, mothers! Can be such bitches too. By the way, this song features a guitar legend with a very distinct style. You wanna guess?…Without Googling?
It’s the middle of the week, I’m totally whacked at work. Which is why ‘Toes’ from Zac Brown Band’s ’The Foundation’ is perfect to carry one through to the weekend.
I’ve got my toes in the water, Ass in the sand
Not a worry in the world, Cold beer in my hand
Life’s good today, Life’s good today