Posts Tagged ‘Bear Bones’

We’re getting towards the sharp end of our mammoth count down now. Here are songs 30-21 of our favourites of the past ten years.

30 Bear Bones – Oil And Lacquer (2010)

 

An eight-piece folk explosion of rousing, thickly accented, swagger and swing.

 

29 James McMurtry – Copper Canteen (2015)

 

Opening with the quasi-funny, possibly serious “Honey don’t you be yelling at me while I’m cleaning my gun“, plucked banjo and descending guitar plot the staging posts of a jaundiced marriage – one of America’s finest, and uneasiest, singer-songwriters.

 

28 Cave Singers – At The Cut (2009)

 

A three minute, foot-tapping, bone-trembling dust-up. At The Cut is the Cave Singers at their sweaty, percussion-heavy finest.

 

27 Eddy Current Suppression Ring – Colour Television (2008)

 

The insistent guitar is ravaged with a punk attitude I thought was long dead. Could have come from 1976 and share a gob full of spit with the best of that era, by that I mean The Clash and there is no greater praise I can bestow. Another story televised / Another billion hypnotised. Quite

 

26 The Lumineers – Flapper Girl (2012)

 

Simple, sincere, parlour-room folk of the most heartfelt and vulnerable kind.

 

25 Junip – Line Of Fire (2013)

 

Wistful and reflective; there’s more than a kernal of truth in these insightful lyrics: You realise it’s just a whim/And you notice it matters/Who and what you let under your skin.

 

24 We Are Augustines – Ohio (2011)

Our second cover in the countdown, We Are Augustines’ stunning take on Damien Jurado’s wonderfully evocative and painfully sad tale of parental kidnap.

 

23 Jamie T – Spiders Web (2009)

The pretty acoustic guitar motif is offset by Jamie T’s uniquely rasping vocal of part rap, part song and part slur, and all backed up with a rowdy chorus that could blast stone from a quarry.

 

22 Howling Owls – A Wordsmith’s Reverie (2011)

 

More queasily understated folk from Howling Owls. With an almost waltz-time feel, here is another perfectly delivered everyday tale of resignation and failed expectations.

 

21 Damien Jurado – Metallic Cloud (2014)

 

It’s a temporary fix / In case you don’t come down’ – and maybe it is. A lingering air of melancholy over a simple soaring musical arrangement, this is (in a way) the musical religion of Damien Jurado. All seeing, all knowing, quietly anthemic and ethereal.

 

Check out numbers 200-181, 180-161, 160-141140-121, 120-101, 100-9190-8180-7170-6160-5150-41 and 40-31.

Here at MM we share, chat, argue, bury and praise music on a pretty regular basis…like daily. So throughout the year, the Mackerel crew (Mrs Mackerel, Barry-Sean, Christy-Popper, Dr Roddy, Polly Pocket, Starbar, MM and others) keep their own ever-changing top tens ready for publication at the climax of the festive season.

This year, to start the ball rolling we have, the already much missed Polly Pocket’s entry. At least she’ll remain a MM contributor if nothing else.

10. Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip – Snob

Words from the wise.  Lyrical genius.

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9. Kurran and the Wolfnotes – Your Four Limbs (download here)

Everytime I listen to this I hear something different. Brilliant tune, love the words.

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8. Brandon Flowers – Crossfire

Pop song of the year.  Does exactly what it should – belting tune, sounding best turned up loud whilst singing along.

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7. Warpaint – Undertow

Reminds me of being 15 and somewhat disappointed with the world.  Fab. Listen here:

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6. The XX – VCR

If I was in a band I would want to sound just like this!

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5. Blitzen Trapper – The Man Who Would Speak True

A late entry for me, but my top ten is all the richer for it. Listen here.

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4. Josh Ritter – The Curse

Haunting piano, all nostalgic and laid back. (Watch the brilliant puppeteering video)

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3. Local Natives – Airplanes (download here)

Brilliant song. Heartbreaking lyrics.  Listen here:

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2. Bear Bones – Oil and Lacquer (Download here)

Perfect winter song.  I shut my eyes and am sitting in a comfy chair in a country pub with an open fire, good friends and a cracking pint of ale.  “If I’m getting old then I hope that you’re coming with me” and I really do.

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1. The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio

This hit the number one spot months ago and has stayed there ever since.  A truly great tune.

Introducing…Bear Bones

Posted: October 24, 2010 in Folk, Indie, Music
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Bear
 Bones is 
an 
8 
piece 
ensemble 
of
 accordion, 
brass, 
bells, 
banjo,
 strings, 
drums 
and 
voices, 
is 
the
 realisation 
of 
a 
project 
started
 by 
Ben 
Harrison.
 After 
growing
 up 
on
 a 
remote 
Hebridean
 Scottish 
Island, 

Ben 
moved 
to Glasgow
 and 
started 
writing 
songs 
inspired 
by 
his 
island 
home 
and 
the 
life 
he 
led
 there.

The 
band’s 
first 
single Oil 
& 
Lacquer quietly 
became
 a 
must‐have 
record 
amongst
 Scottish 
music‐lovers 
and 
put 
them 
at 
the 
fore 
of 
Glasgow’s 
burgeoning 
folk 
scene.
 Their 
second, 
eagerly 
awaited 
single 
Diving
 Bell, 
released
 through
 Eli 
and 
Oz on
 December 
5th, 
is 
full 
of 
the 
rousing 
choruses 
and 
sincere 
lyricism
 that 
Bear 
Bones are 
already 
becoming 
known 
for, 
and 
might 
well 
be 
the
 record 
to 
spill 
the 
secret 
of
 one 
of 
Scotland’s 
most 
exciting 
new 
bands.

You can stream the new single and download the previous one below.

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Visit their MySpace here.

Download Bear Bones – Oil & Lacquer mp3 (from Oil & Lacquer 7″)