Ask anyone to describe Supergrass’ records, and I’d wager that most of them would mention their cheeky, upbeat singles, such as “Alright”, “Caught By The Fuzz” and “Pumping on the Stereo”.
What they’re unlikely to mention is some of their quieter, more reflective songs.
Songs like this, the closing track on their third, eponymous album:
Supergrass – Mama & Papa
Traditionally, this is where I post something quiet, thoughtful, meditative, lovely.
Sometimes, though, late at night, a great cacophony of glorious noise just works.
Cue Broken Social Scene.
Broken Social Scene – 7/4 (Shoreline)
S’ok, no leftie politico ranting here this time.
A little while ago, I got a bit carried away enthusing about “T2: Trainspotting”.
Somehow, I managed to do that without posting this gorgeous track, which featured heavily in the film and the trailers.
If you’ve never heard it before, leave your preconceptions at the door, disregard their name and give it a listen.
Wolf Alice – Silk
I don’t think I’ll be giving too much of a spoiler if I point out that the music playing under a soliloquy by Ewen Bremner (aka Spud), officially credited to Underworld, bears an uncanny resemblance to it.
You remember Spud from the first film, right? Hapless, bed-crapping, interview-fluffing, loveable Spud. And because Spud is so haplessly loveable, this tune is all the more heart-breaking:
Hankies at the ready, folks.
Underworld & Ewen Bremner – Eventually But (Spud’s Letter to Gail))
No, no, I’m alright, just got something in my eye, that’s all.
More (and no more cheerful) soon.
Apologies that it’s been a bit quiet round these parts this week, another case of life catching up with me and me having other stuff which needed to be done.
I’m at an old friend’s wedding back in Cardiff this weekend, and I’ve not had chance to write much in advance. Normal service will be resumed shortly.
Anyway, this week, I was made to feel very old indeed when I learned that it is now 15 years since Doves released their “The Last Broadcast” album. Ouch.
Here’s the gorgeous closing track from it:
Doves – Caught by the River
But enough of this election fever, for tonight at the very least.
Something to soothe the brow instead:
Engineers – Forgiveness
Properly lovely, that.
Sticking with the religious theme of Easter weekend, here’s something from Jesus. Zola Jesus, to be precise.
Don’t let the slightly Dr Who monster-ness of the sleeve put you off tonight’s tune; “Sea Talk”, lifted from their 2010 album “Stridulum II” really reminds me of the Cocteau Twins:
Zola Jesus – Sea Talk
I adored Suede when they first arrived on the scene, buying all of their early singles and debut album on the day of release.
Tonight’s choice is the final track from their eponymous debut album:
Suede – The Next Life
The piano on that has always reminded me of something a little more high-brow, a piece of music I remembered hearing around the house often when I was as kid.
I was delighted when, a few years ago, I was watching an interview with lead Suedester Brett Anderson, where he confirmed my suspicions by revealing that it had been lifted from this, formally known as ‘Piano Sonata No. 14 in C♯ minor “Quasi una fantasia”, Op. 27, No. 2’, but more commonly known as “Moonlight Sonata”:
Ludwig van Beethoven – Moonlight Sonata