Top tracks of 2017 #14 – Cigarettes After Sex, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alt-J & Kasabian

If this track wasn’t on the soundtrack of the revived Twin Peaks then they missed a trick (I don’t know, as I don’t have Sky Atlantic). This is full on haunting echoey mood music with a fine melody and a wonderful vocal. If Chris Isaac had joined Slowdive, perhaps it might have sounded like Cigarettes After Sex with ‘Apocalypse’. An’ambient pop’ band from El Paso Texas, they perform here in one of those US radio sessions that make up an increasing proportion of the videos on this site…

Roy:

With the parental lineage this woman has, hardly surprising she is a polymorph artist/actor/musician. At number 14 sensuous euro electropop from La Gainsbourg Charlotte, ‘Deadly Valentine’

Ian:

Having seen Alt-J last night at the Sydney Convention Centre, it’s appropriate that my #14 track is from their new album “Relaxer”. While generally unimpressed with the album. It has a couple of tracks that have probably been played in the UK on contemporary radio (“In Cold Blood”, “3WW”), but both of these are all to familiar without reaching the heights of their earlier material. In making this choice I reflected on the band’s philosophy in which they claim most of their songs are about maths or sex (in some cases, like “Tesselate”, the song is about both). My chosen song is most definitely about sex. With lyrics that include shout-outs to recent Radiohead, hentai, BDSM and possibly Aleister Crowley, this is an absolutely bonkers track. Definitely NSFW ,so low volume/headphones as a suggestion. (PS It’s a restricted video so you’ll need to login to Youtube to watch it).

or track #4 on Spotify’s version of “Relaxer”

Andy:

My number 14 band are no strangers to my end-of-year lists over the past 12 years, averaging an entry every other year. Interestingly however, having reached the dizzy heights of number 3 with “Cutt Off” in 2005, they’ve fallen further and further down the rankings with each new entry. My selection from their album “For Crying Out Loud” was first heard in 2016 as part of the Official FIFA 2017 soundtrack, but as it was part of the album release I feel justified in including it. They continue to put on a rocking good show, as I’m sure Richard and Roy will confirm, and their albums always have a number of stand-out tracks, but I just feel their star is starting to wane. Number 14…

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11 thoughts on “Top tracks of 2017 #14 – Cigarettes After Sex, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alt-J & Kasabian

  1. With the parental lineage this woman has, hardly surprising she is a polymorph artist/actor/musician. At number 14 sensuous euro electropop from La Gainsbourg Charlotte, ‘Deadly Valentine’

  2. It’s a shame – I had heard a lot about Cigarettes After Sex (“The Handmaid’s Tale”, The Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel influences, the Brooklyn hipster sensibility) before I bought the album. I purchased it without listening and found it too …. fey. In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald earlier this year, Greg Gonzalez said that his solo project started with a more electro-feel (he cites Erasure, Pet Shop Boys, New Order) but he claims it eventually turned into something darker (more Smiths, Jesus & Mary Chain). I can’t hear the post-punk in his music and, frankly, I’d be more interested in the Orbital/Depeche Mode version of the band. Maybe the current album will grow on me with more listening.

    1. I read an interview in Q with them recently where Gonzalez was citing Nick Cave as a big influence – definitely don’t hear that. But I like this; does remind me a bit of early period low key Coldplay ‘Don’t Panic’ etc.

  3. Having seen Alt-J last night at the Sydney Convention Centre, it’s appropriate that my #14 track is from their new album “Relaxer”. While generally unimpressed with the album. It has a couple of tracks that have probably been played in the UK on contemporary radio (“In Cold Blood”, “3WW”), but both of these are all to familiar without reaching the heights of their earlier material. In making this choice I reflected on the band’s philosophy in which they claim most of their songs are about maths or sex (in some cases, like “Tesselate”, the song is about both). My chosen song is most definitely about sex. With lyrics that include shout-outs to recent Radiohead, hentai, BDSM and possibly Aleister Crowley, this is an absolutely bonkers track. Definitely NSFW ,so low volume/headphones as a suggestion. (PS It’s a restricted video so you’ll need to login to Youtube to watch it).

    or track #4 on Spotify’s version of “Relaxer”

  4. Ps the missing track name is “Hit me like that snare”. I may even get a complete post correct by the time we reach the end of Advent.

  5. My number 14 band are no strangers to my end-of-year lists over the past 12 years, averaging an entry every other year. Interestingly however, having reached the dizzy heights of number 3 with “Cutt Off” in 2005, they’ve fallen further and further down the rankings with each new entry. My selection from their album “For Crying Out Loud” was first heard in 2016 as part of the Official FIFA 2017 soundtrack, but as it was part of the album release I feel justified in including it. They continue to put on a rocking good show, as I’m sure Richard and Roy will confirm, and their albums always have a number of stand-out tracks, but I just feel their star is starting to wane. Number 14…

    https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=kasabian+comeback+kid&oq=kasabian+comeback+kid&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.12177j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

    1. Feel I have to disagree with you there, Velociraptor was a misstep but the last two albums have been great. They often get pigeonholed as the natural successors to Oasis, but are far far more interesting than that…

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