Our favourite 200 songs of the past ten years… numbers 90 – 81.
90 Great American Canyon Band – Undertow (2016)
An epic of yearning Americana and cinematic, shoegazing guitars that combine to stunning effect.
89 Henry’s Funeral Shoe – Stranger Dig (2009)
Raucous mix of heavy rock and psychedelic blues. Heavy drumming – check, big riff – check – rough vocals – check. Turn up to 11…
88 The Felice Brothers – Cherry Licorice (2014)
Classic Felice Brothers. A ragged, uptempo rocker that is sure to become a guaranteed live sing-a-long as couplets like “all the lady and gents, are covered in excrement”, and “the teacher slit my wrists, for every class I missed” are destined for a roaring crowd encore.
87 Jamie T – Limits Lie (2014)
A stoned reggae rhythm and easy going vocals can’t disguise the bleakness of content, yet somehow the downcast crescendo is a triumph.
86 Fews – La Guardia (2017)
Relentless, anxious, powerful and unsettling. A few lyrics down the line – a short, unequivocal statement and then.. screams! Distant and desperate screams. Guaranteed post-punk goosebumps every time – what else would you want from a track?
85 Alt-J – Breezeblocks (2012)
Catchy, eclectic slice of lush folk-tronica.
84 Forest Fire – Fortune Teller (2008)
Tonight I’m gonna melt some faces / with Gatling gun social skills, oh so charming mix of weirded out country, folk and blues that delivers just over two minutes of musical perfection.
83 The Pines – Cry Cry Crow (2012)
An eerie meditation on the rural and the urban, haunting lyrics and an insistently mournful groove. Dark Americana at it’s finest.
82 Mummy Short Arms – Cigarette Smuggling (2011)
Seriously warped slice of woozy, off-kilter indie that defies description, but flat out demands your attention. Imagine Captain Beefheart fighting with Salvador Dali with a full set of musical instruments and a goodly pile of magic mushrooms…
81 Damien Jurado – Museum Of Flight (2012)
A big song with big meaning and a wide expansive sound that splits right open about a minute and half in. Always the moment I wish for really expensive speakers that can do its majesty justice. Sigh.