Countdown continues. Here are songs 60 – 51 in our favourite tunes of the past ten years.
60 Bon Iver – Bloodbank (2009)
Atmospheric, cabin-folk propelled by a woodsy, acoustic strum and cooly whispered vocals.
59 Jones Street Station – The Understanding (2012)
Like if the Beach Boys had played folk music – a wonderful sense of melody and intricate rhythms played with a joyous abandon and sense of fun.
58 Tired Pony – All Things All At Once (2013)
Cinematic and reflective. All Things All At Once is a widescreen slice of downbeat, bleakly romantic Americana.
57 Range Rats – Colt 44 (2010)
A shade over two minutes of rockabilly shuffle, Johnny Cash rumble, some gun-toting lyrics and a tale of righteous revenge.
56 The Decemberists – The Rake’s Song (2009)
Gather round, gather round, it’s another every day story of country folk. Dark tales are their speciality. For me, it’s the drumming that adds the menace and the rage. I’m sure they’re a lovely bunch of people. Really. Just don’t book them for any babysitting…
55 The Brakes – Two Shocks (2009)
Perfectly crafted power-pop – a wonderful rolling bassline and stomping percussion compliments lines like ‘I covered my body in bacofoil and waited for the sun to come out”.
54 Drive-By Truckers – Check Out Time In Vegas (2008)
Desperation tinged lament that drips with pedal steel and the sharp twang of regret. Alt-country Sin City style.
53 Dr. Dog – Uncovering The Old (2008)
Filtering warm, melodic Americana through a nostalgic soul and pop prism. The marvellous chiming guitars and Scott McMicken’s rich vocals turn Uncovering The Old into a mini masterpiece.
52 Haunted House – Chandaliers (2009)
Clattering and jerky, a chanted incantation of skewed indie rock and a long forgotten classic.
51 The Decemberists – Severed (2018)
Relentless, new wave synths and a glam rock gallop mix and match with moody, foreboding lyrics. Dance while the world burns…