From the LCD Soundsystem ‘comeback’ American Dream album this is the lead track Tonite. I use the inverted commas, as for some artists the gap between albums would be entirely normal. It’s arguably James Murphy’s most consistent album, albeit without the killer track – I guess Tonite is the closest to that. Of course the best album James Murphy has been involved with is the mighty Reflector by Arcade Fire, arguably the album of the decade so far.
The track itself occupies the middle ground between New Order and Talking Heads. There are worse places to be.
“Oh I’m a reminder
The hobbled veteran of the disk shop inquisition
Set to parry the cocksure of mem-stick filth
With my own late era middle-aged ramblings”
He knows us so well…
Track #18 first came to me via the the soundtrack to “Orange is the New Black” (Season 5) and then via a live to air version of the song on triplej, the Australian national youth radio network. With a huge set of pipes and obvious Motown influences, I’ll let the tune speak for itself (this is the live version from triplej; the official video – easily found – has a definite Monty Python/Terry Jones animation feel). Bishop Briggs with The Way I Do:
This next artist is something of a Welsh supergroup, with Guto Pryce from the Super Furries being the best known and founder number. Quite distinct from his day job, Guto’s side project luxuriates in dreamy electropop – this grabbed my attention in January and hasn’t let go. Number 18 Gulp “Search For Your Love”
You’re probably wondering when was the last time this particular artist made an appearance in my end-of-year rundown. Well, I can tell you. It was 13 years ago, and his “Irish Blood, English Heart” record just scraped into my top 10. To be honest, I’d pretty much lost interest in him since then, but as was evidenced by Grandaddy’s appearance at number 19, I’m not adverse to giving someone another listen. He played at the 6 Music Festival at Maida Vale in October, and although he’ll clearly never dominate these charts in the same way he did in the mid-1980’s, I feel his presence is a worthy inclusion.
“And I recommend to all of my friends that they
Stop watching the news
Because the news contrives to frighten you
To make you feel small and alone
To make you feel that your mind isn’t your own”