This will be absolutely no surprise to anyone who has heard me bang on about the brilliance of both the single and the album. My track of the year (and the decade so far) is ‘Pale Green Ghosts’ by John Grant. When Roy sent me a link to it back in January, I don’t know what the aural equivalent of my jaw dropping is, but my ears did it – my ears melted perhaps?
I could describe it as Twin Peaks meets The The and Sergio Leone via Scott Walker, but really nothing else sounds like this. As Andy has already posted the video as his number 10, here is a great live performance.
Scroll down for Andy and Roy’s Number Ones below. The full countdown is here
Over to Andy…
My number 1 has already been heard, so there’s not much to add. The beautifully shot Anton Corbijn video adds to the overall pleasure, as does the addition of Bowie’s backing vocals (apparently he tried to nick the song for himself such was his liking for it!). Whilst not quite as long as Primal Scream’s “2013”, what they both have in common is that they actually get better the longer they go on, and the tension towards the end of the song is its crowning glory. A return to form for the Canadian outfit and a worthy number 1. Happy New Year for 2014!
My number 1 is also ‘Reflektor’ by Arcade Fire – James Murphy’s production, Regine singing in French, Papier maiche heads and a mini Bowie cameo – what more could anybody want from a post-punk, haitian, dancefloor epic.
This footage is from Saturday Night Live where they obviously had a problem squeezing their mini orchestra on to the SNL stage.