The Wheel of Your Tune

The Wheel of Your Tune works like this; I metaphorically turn my spinning top to reveal a random letter and number. The letter relates to an artist or the name of an album in my collection and the number relates to the track by that artist or on that album. This week’s spin landed on I6.

The track I’ve chosen is 1049 Gotho by Bristol band Idles. Idles have grown their following this year probably due to being picked up by BBC Introducing. Before that, I saw a writer I follow on Twitter talking about their visceral and energetic delivery. The name of their album, Brutalism, suggested a rawness, bleakness and modernity – I pictured the buildings of Park Hill estate in Sheffield where my husband was at university; a blot on the landscape and beautifully post modern all at once. I had to give it a listen. So on a journey into town at the end of March, I put it on at full volume and enjoyed the assault on my eardrums. “Commute noise” I called it.

Visceral is a good descriptions. The undercurrent of their pulsating bass/drums combo paired with the singer’s close-to-the-mic shouty delivery, almost spitting the lyrics out, makes it a physical listen. It’s a breeze-block of an album; sturdy and rough. Yet there is genuine warmth and humour in the lyrics. The stream of consciousness song writing style suggests depth of thought and honesty. I love them like I love Savages and Sleaford Mods. Their observational contempt is refreshing and their noise sonically and accurately articulates my on/off frustration with life.

My son and I saw them on a beautiful summer’s evening this year, just as the sun was setting at a very tame, small festival local to me. The crowd was tiny and mostly made up of a hardcore of travelling fans all kitted out in Idles awesome merch. And what absolutely lovely fellas they were too. It was a lovely moment, just me and my boy.

Anyway, enough of my blather. I really like this album. You wouldn’t put it on if you had family round for Sunday lunch there are plenty of other opportunities though. Another one to listen to through headphones or on a decent stereo.

I’d love to hear what you think of Idles.

What’s your I6?

The Wheel of Your Tune

The Wheel of Your Tune works like this; I metaphorically turn my spinning top to reveal a random letter and number. The letter relates to an artist or the name of an album in my collection and the number relates to the track by that artist or on that album. This week’s spin landed on W4.

The artist I’ve chosen is Jane Weaver. She and I have something in common; we were born in the same year. That’s pretty much where the similarity ends! She’s been around and creating music for a long time. I’ve only come across her this year although undoubtedly I have probably heard stuff over the years either by her or that she collaborated on. Her 2017 10 track album Modern Kosmology is a a heady mix of melodic, electronic, fluff and fuss free songs that wheedle into your brain and become little earworms. There’s a home made feel to some of them; I love that shunning-big-production sound. There’s not one track on the album I don’t like. Track 4 is called Slow Motion. Listening to it via YouTube on your laptop does this song no credit. Whack it up in the car, or on the train, or on the bus – the beat has a chug chug* (sorry!) motion to it making it a good travelling song. It’s got a lovely dreamlike quality to it.

So here is my W4. Slow Motion – Jane Weaver.

*genuinely, folks, I need some sort of writing course to improve my adjective vocab. Christmas is coming I guess.

Other Ws I thought about were:

The War on Drugs

Wolf Alice

The White Buffalo

What’s your W4?

The Wheel of Your Tune

The Wheel of Your Tune works like this; I metaphorically turn my spinning top to reveal a random letter and number. The letter relates to an artist or the name of an album in my collection and the number relates to the track by that artist or on that album. This week’s spin landed on Q9.

It really wouldn’t be right if I didn’t give this yet another plug! I’ve mentioned this album already several times since its release.  The second time I listened to it I was clearing out and cleaning my kitchen cupboards.  I had a little cry at least twice.  I know a few of you aren’t fans and I understand why.  It’s not a masterpiece, nor a classic but my heart quickens and I feel light-headed listening to parts of it, this song especially produces a strong emotional response.  The longing and yearning it portrays tells a story like any classic literature capturing a tale of love and loss.  I think that’s why I love it so much; to me it feels like the story in a book I would adore.

So, my Q9 track is Villains of Circumstance by Queens of the Stone Age (I’m posting an pared down version as performed on Later with Jools Holland – just because it makes my spine tingle.  The album version is also very lovely).

What’s your Q9?

 

The Wheel of Your Tune

 

 

The Wheel of Your Tune works like this; I metaphorically turn my spinning top to reveal a random letter and number. The letter relates to an artist or the name of an album in my collection and the number relates to the track by that artist or on that album. This week’s spin landed on R2 (I know we had 2 the other week, let’s just deal with it).  Had it landed on 14 I would have chosen Radiohead’s Man of War from their 30th anniversary edition of OK Computer, OKNOTOK.  Alas, twas not to be.  Check out the video for that though – it’s suitably weird.

The track I have chosen is by R&B/Soul/hard-to-describe artist Allan Rayman.  I first came across Rayman last year when he released an album called Hotel Allan.  It’s full of beautifully delivered, moving and often funky soul tracks (check out the song Beverly).  I think of him as a slightly cooler, sexier Jack Savoretti.  This year he released another album in February called Roadhouse 01.  This album has a real mix of tracks – I’ve listened to it a few times over the last couple of days and have come to the conclusion I much prefer Hotel Allan.  However, he’s redeemed himself in my eyes with the release last week of an edgier sound on an EP called Courtney.  I’ve chosen the 2nd track from that EP.  It’s called Word of Mouth.  This version is an acoustic live performance and much more pared back than the studio version (which I cannot find a video for that works here, but am posting the whole EP I found on YT in the hope that it will play for you, wherever you are).

I give you…Allan Rayman – Word of Mouth

Full Courtney EP here.

Other R’s I thought about:

Rag n Bone Man

Ride

Royal Blood

What’s your R2?

 

The Wheel of Your Tune

The Wheel of Your Tune works like this; I metaphorically turn my spinning top to reveal a random letter and number. The letter relates to an artist or the name of an album in my collection and the number relates to the track by that artist or on that album. This week’s spin landed on C9.  I’ve chosen the track Florence from the debut album by Loyle Carner, Yesterday’s Gone.  This album is on so much in my house.  We all love it.  Although we are generally tolerant of each other’s music choices, it’s really important in a house full of music lovers that there are albums and artists we can all agree on and enjoy listening to together.  This is one of those albums.  And he is such a lovely bloke too!  It’s worth reading about his back story if you have a moment.

Here then is my C9 track.  Florence by Loyle Carner

Other C’s I thought about were:

Cabbage

Creeper

The Comet is Coming

Cigarettes After Sex

What’s your C9?

The Wheel of Your Tune

The Wheel of Your Tune works like this; I metaphorically turn my spinning top to reveal a random letter and number. The letter relates to an artist or the name of an album in my collection and the number relates to the track by that artist or on that album. This week’s spin landed on A2.

The song I’ve chosen is the title track from Ryan Adams’ album of 2017, Prisoner. I’ve had an emotional 2 years or so, plenty of angst and in-my-head turmoil. During this time I’ve been drawn to music that either mirrors some of what goes on in my head or is emotionally even more problematic than stuff I’m trying to deal with. This album came out early this year. I have to ration my consumption of it. The tracks speak to me in so many ways. I love the Johnny Marr-esque guitar sound on many of the songs and so obvious on this one. So here is my A2; Ryan Adams – Prisoner.

Other As I thought of were:

Alt-J

The Afghan Whigs

What’s your A2?

The Wheel of Your Tune

 

We’ve now been through the alphabet once.  After double checking with you all, it seems you are happy to continue with this little feature for now or until I think of some other game to play!

This time through the alphabet, I’m challenging myself to stick to artists’ albums that came out this year.  Just to see if I can.

The Wheel of Your Tune works like this; I metaphorically turn my spinning top to reveal a random letter and number. The letter relates to an artist or the name of an album in my collection and the number relates to the track by that artist or on that album. This week’s spin landed on F8.

I’ve chosen the track Century from Feist’s album Pleasure.  I’ve mentioned this album on here before.  It is a much rawer sound from her to previous outings and I love that change.  I’m also glad to see her back in the Broken Social Scene fold.  So then, here you have my F8 track; Century by Feist featuring Jarvis Cocker at the end…

Other F’s I thought about were:

Father John Misty

Four Tet

Foo Fighters

Fleet Foxes

Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes

What’s your F8?