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…
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’
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”
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…