Hello, me again. How are you? I don’t know why I’m asking you that as you can’t conversate, unless you actually go out of your way to contact me and inform me of how you are – but I’m not sure I actually care enough, so don’t do that. Anyway, however you are, here’s some music that I’ve been listening to recently, in yet another self-indulgent slice of edgy trash by yours truly. My apologies.
1. ‘Ceremony’ – New Order: The first single released by New Order after the death of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis, ‘Ceremony’ remains some of their very best work and is a real favourite of mine. With typically dark and heartfelt lyrics written by Curtis before his suicide, the song hits a strong emotional chord in terms of its songwriting, musicianship, and the context in which the track was released.
2. ‘Doused’ – DIIV: Taken from their debut album, Oshin, ‘Doused’ is a brilliant mash-up of strange, oceanic sounds, sleek guitars dripping in reverb, and eerily distorted, melancholy vocals. The track is surprisingly dark, especially regarding the album’s somewhat upbeat, summery tone, but regardless it’s excellent. Taking elements of shoegaze, post-punk, and dream-pop, this song is dark and gloomy while remaining a catchy pop song at heart.
3. ‘Black Gold’ – Foals: I’ve been listening to this track quite a bit recently. I used to listen to this record obsessively a number of years ago and, for whatever reason, it’s been in the background through some significant events in my life – both good and bad. For that reason alone, it holds a special place in my heart. Foals’ subsequent records haven’t been that great, but Total Life Forever is a fantastic piece of work, and ‘Black Gold’ is one of the crown jewels on the album.
4.‘YouWouldn’tLikeMeWhenI’mAngry’ – Thom Yorke: I’m a big fan of Thom Yorke’s solo work, and this track is one of my favourite releases by him. At the forefront of the song are Yorke’s luscious, reverberating vocals, in which he proclaims himself as a disappointment. The track creeps its way along with its repeating analogue drumbeat, as the second half of the song swells with its glorious, warping synths. To some, I can imagine the song being irritating and repetitive, but I love it – and seeing as I’m the one writing this, you’ll just have to deal with that.