Posts Tagged ‘Sarah Cracknell’


As we’re halfway through our tracks of the year (see 100-76 here, and 75-51 here) which resume on Monday, it felt like a good time to break things up with our choices of our favourite albums of 2015. Here then are numbers 30 through to 16.

30 Sarah Cracknell – Red Kite

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29 Desaparecidos – Payola



28 Kodiak Deathbeds – Kodiak Deathbeds

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27 Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell

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26 Lord Huron – Strange Trails

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25 Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear

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24 Torres – Sprinter



23 Wavves – V



22 Woolen Men – Temporary Monument

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21 Laura Marling – Short Movie

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20 Tallest Man On Earth – Dark Bird Is Home

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19 Samantha Crain – Under Branch & Thorn & Tree

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18 Rats On Rafts – Tape Hiss

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17 Traams – Modern Dancing



16 Wilco – Star Wars



You can get our top fifteen album list tomorrow. For our favourite tracks of the year click here for numbers 100-76 and here for 75-51.

Sarah Cracknell - Red Kite

We have on a couple of occasions, via Mrs Mackerel’s friend Jenny Wren, been fortunate to meet St Etienne’s Sarah Cracknell who in local parlance “lives round our way”.

So when we found she is about to release her second solo album Red Kite, a mere eighteen years after her first, Lipslice, and that it was a love letter to nature and the formative music of youth, we were more than intrigued. Recorded locally, the title makes sense as Red Kites are now a common site soaring over our countryside after being reintroduced between 1989-1994.

But enough of that, because the first taste from it is On The Swings, and from the moment the lone clarinet announces it, a more gorgeous slice of hazy, pastoral psych-folk would be hard to find this side of 1969. A poignant waltz with nods to the more gentle side of the free-love era, her lovely, unhurried vocals are infused with a gentle melancholy that transfixes and effortlessly transports you to a beautiful meadow on a sunlit spring evening.

Wonderful stuff. Have a listen and pre-order the album from Amazon here.