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.
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
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)
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…