Welcome to numbers 120 through to 101 of our favourite tunes of the past ten years…
120 Black Mountain – Let Spirits Ride (2010)
Who cares if the riff is nicked from another song, or if it sounds like 1972. I don’t when it as good as this. Pure riffola magic.
119 Faith Healer – No Car (2015)
Kicking up a meaty riff from the outset and telling the tale of an abusive ex-lover, the impact of No Car is unstoppable – a powerhouse of a tune
118 Car Seat Headrest – (Joe Gets Kicked Out of School for Using) Drugs With Friends (But Says This Isn’t a Problem)(2016)
Will Toledo delivers a stunning combination of self-deprecating disgust, mundanity and insight without sacrificing one ounce of musicality. Equally rich and raw, with an honesty and openness that is all too rare these days. The closest thing to a modern day Leonard Cohen that we have heard and simply can’t praise him more highly than that. Sheer genius.
117 Flat Worms – Red Hot Sand (2016)
Starts like the Butthole Surfers and then gets better. Pure bristling, raw, visceral, fuck-you rock’n’roll.
116 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Sleep Drifter (2016)
Irrepressibly hazy psych rock where lurking amidst a jovial, almost childish rhythm is something nightmarish revealed through harsh, distorted guitar riffs.
115 Soft Black – Time gets Away And Has Its Way With You (2009)
Ah, that gentle rhythm and those sweet harmonies. Simply gorgeous meandering, psych inflected indie rock.
114 The Tallest Man On Earth – Leading Me Now (2o12)
Fast paced, catchy and, dare we say, light-hearted, finger picked folk with a unique melody and those wonderful scratchy vocals.
113 Creepoid – Grave Blanket (2011)
Rattling psych-rock, all creeping reverb laden malevolence.
112 Wooden Wand & The World War IV – I Hate The Nightlife (2013)
Bleak psych-country with Crazy Horse era guitars soundtracking the grimy fuzz of a regular, always hungover, road trip.
111 Lord Huron – Time To Run (2012)
An epic Western of a tune: a story song with a foot-tapping rhythm that mimics the flight of yer man and a great mid point when the bells of doom literally ring for our outlaw friend on the run.
110 This Is The Kit – Silver John (2015)
Spine tingling, mysterious and poetically reflecting on nothing less than the impending end of the world.
109 Nathaniel Rateliff – Brakeman (2010)
Folk lullaby dripping with regret and despair.
108 Grass House – A Cradle A Short Breath (2011)
In a conscious effort to avoid being type-cast in a dark or brooding vein, the song hints at the lighter side of the London group’s repertoire. Even so, it is still menacing enough to send most other indie bands screaming to their mummies.
107 Royal Sea – This Summer (2012)
Opens with a spectacularly catchy drum beat before the vocals come in like a rush of sugar coated adrenalin, plaintively announcing: “We crashed everybody’s parties / we drank cheap wine and whiskey / We partied up on the rooftops / I’m glad it was just you and me”. This should have been the woozy, feel good hit of the summer of 2012.
106 Delta Spirit – Trashcan (2008)
Clicking percussion gives way to a frantic rhythm and battle-cry vocals – a marvel of infectious folk rock.
105 John Grant – I Wanna Go To Marz (2010)
Grant’s effortlessly rich, expansive baritone, couched in a typically heartbreaking, lush melody courtesy of Midlake’s familar 1970s soft-rock style.
104 Alt J – Left Hand Free (2014)
Twangy indie rock with a shuffling beat, a quirky chorus and some bluesy undertones.
103 Moonlandingz – Vessels (2017)
A perfect blend of sleazy glam rock riffs and twisted lyrics – as delightfully grubby as it gets.
102 Sonny + The Sandwitches – Through The Fog And The Haze (2010)
Inspired by a near-drowning, Through The Fog And The Haze is perfectly observed, elegant folk filled with briny, aquatic imagery.
101 The Cave Singers – Gifts And The Raft (2011)
Pete Quirk’s rustic rasp set to some classic backwoods acoustic charm.
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