Top tracks of 2017 #13 – Honeyblood, Daughter, Tash Sultana & Mogwai (again)

My number 13 choice is a rare (for me) bit of guitar-based indie rock. This is ‘Babes Never Die’ from Scottish duo Honeyblood. Shame that Buffy The Vampire Slayer has hung up her stake, as you could easily imagine vampires being gleefully slayed in a Sunnydale graveyard whilst this plays in the background.

Roy:

On the subject of brittle fragility……my next choice is a hauntingly beautiful ode, seemingly, to vengeful childhood. In an increasingly common channel for musical output, this track is part of a soundtrack for some sort of online game or other. Number 13 – ‘Burn It Down’ Daughter

Ian:

Making it (so far) three from three female artists at #13, I’m choosing Tash Sultana’s “Jungle”. Multi-instrumentalist, loop aficionado Sultana has been playing guitar since she was three and playing in bands or solo since she was 13. Poster child for mental health issues in Australia, she openly acknowledges her previous drug-addiction induced psychosis and the role busking played in helping her recover. The ultimate shoe-gazer, she demonstrates in this video masterful control of guitar pedals and looping beats. Hard to label her music, but reggae mixed with Erykah Badu-style hip-hop is probably the best I can do. While the track was released in Australia last year on her “Notion” EP, I reckon it also makes it within this list’s statute of limits by being included in EA’s “FIFA 2018” video game.

PS At 2:23 Sultana’s mum peeks around the corner to see what’s up (right side)

Andy

Inevitably, we’re now starting to get into repeat territory as my number 13 was also Ian’s number 15. He’s really covered everything you need to know, so I’ll just tell you that this is the third time in four years that the Moggers have appeared in my end-of-year lists, following ‘Teenage Exorcists’ (number 12 in 2014) and ‘Ether’ (number 7 in 2016). Enjoy the video, which, if nothing else, reminds me that, after the initial excitement of the snowfall yesterday, it will melt sooner, rather than later! Number 13…

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7 thoughts on “Top tracks of 2017 #13 – Honeyblood, Daughter, Tash Sultana & Mogwai (again)

  1. After being very excited about the first Honeyblood LP, I was really looking forward to their follow up, but this is the only track that comes close to their previous work – ironically I think they’ve gone too ‘guitar rock’ on this album, which lacks the brittle fragility of their debut. Underwhelmed and disappointed.

  2. On the subject of brittle fragility……my next choice is a hauntingly beautiful ode, seemingly, to vengeful childhood. In an increasingly common channel for musical output, this track is part of a soundtrack for some sort of online game or other. Number 13 – ‘Burn It Down’ Daughter

    1. It’s slightly unusual on two fronts. Firstly rather than being a track harvested for a video game ( see Andy’s Kasabian choice yesterday’) it is part of a whole album that Daughter wrote to accompany the themes of the game and mighty fine it is well – about 60% instrumentals. Secondly the game seems far from a shoot em up or sports sim, but an ‘episodic graphic adventure’ aimed at females. Unlikely as a result to ever play the game ( or indeed any video game actually ) but really enjoying the soundtrack nonetheless.

  3. Don’t know Honeyblood, but actually own Daughter’s 2013 album “If You Leave”. I need to go back and listen to it again (and the new stuff) as I like the track Roy selected. It reminds me of early Sinead O’Connor.

  4. Making it (so far) three from three female artists at #13, I’m choosing Tash Sultana’s “Jungle”. Multi-instrumentalist, loop aficionado Sultana has been playing guitar since she was three and playing in bands or solo since she was 13. Poster child for mental health issues in Australia, she openly acknowledges her previous drug-addiction induced psychosis and the role busking played in helping her recover. The ultimate shoe-gazer, she demonstrates in this video masterful control of guitar pedals and looping beats. Hard to label her music, but reggae mixed with Erykah Badu-style hip-hop is probably the best I can do. While the track was released in Australia last year on her “Notion” EP, I reckon it also makes it within this list’s statute of limits by being included in EA’s “FIFA 2018” video game.

    PS At 2:23 Sultana’s mum peeks around the corner to see what’s up (right side of frame).

  5. Inevitably, we’re now starting to get into repeat territory as my number 13 was also Roy’s number 15. He’s really covered everything you need to know, so I’ll just tell you that this is the third time in four years that the Moggers have appeared in my end-of-year lists, following ‘Teenage Exorcists’ (number 12 in 2014) and ‘Ether’ (number 7 in 2016). Enjoy the video, which, if nothing else, reminds me that, after the initial excitement of the snowfall yesterday, it will melt sooner, rather than later! Number 13…

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