Posts Tagged ‘Whispertown’

  1. T. Hardy Morris – Homemade Bliss
  2. Whispertown – Never Felt Young
  3. Phil Cook – Another Mother’s Son
  4. Devendra Banhart – Shown And Told
  5. An Horse – Get Out Somehow
  6. River Whyless – Darkness In Mind
  7. Ty Segall & White Fence – Good Boy
  8. Neko Case – Curse Of The I-5 Corridor (feat. Mark Lanegan)
  9. Fucked Up – High Rise (Trainspotters cover)
  10. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – An Air Conditioned Man
  11. MOURN – Fun At The Geysers
  12. Gretchen Peters – Wichita
  13. Beach Skulls – Summer Citrus
  14. Culture Abuse – Bee Kind To The Bugs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second instalment rounding up some tunes we missed from the tail end of 2017.

Let’s kick off with Yowl’s relentless and uneasy Darkroom, a wonderfully vicious and febrile slice of post-punk.

 

Night Herons’ raw sound is a visceral blend of garage rock and chugging proto-punk – for fans of classic bands like The Stooges or the New York Dolls.

 

Norwegian psych-rockers Electric Eye’s single Sometimes You Got To Jump To Lift Your Feet sounds like a soundtrack to a movie that hasn’t been made yet, it’s villainy acid prog, it’s ethno jazz, it’s old school hip hop grooves mixed with the easily recognisable, hypnotic Electric Eye sound.

 

Grant Earl LaValley plays a haunting iteration of psych/folk – almost like a gothic Gene Clark that experimented very heavily with psychedelics and lush instrumentation to accompany a sparse guitar. Where Are All My Friends comes from his excellent October release From LaValley Below.

 

The Roseline’s single How To Be Kind is full of low key, Wilco-like charm and Harry Nilsson-ish vigor.

 

Whispertown featured at the top end of our Best of Year listings and Freefaller is another fine example of stripped back acoustic Americana.

 

Texas psych-rock vibes permeate through Birds of Night’s single, Blacklight. Recommended if you like: Built To Spill, desert sunsets, abandoned ghost town seances, drugs, and mystic rock and roll.

 

Benjamin Jones’ single Light Up The Room is a lovely slice of sweetly melancholy folk that recalls Sufjan Stevens.

 

Post-punk in origin but with overtones of no wave, psych and garage rock, The Plan has been described as ‘Talking Heads meets the Breeders’. Listen to Bright Lights from debut long player Nervous Energy.

 

Finally, back in November, The Gotobeds released a verbatim song-by-song remake of Redd Kross’s infamous debut EP – this is a great version of Annette’s Got The Hits.

 

Our final personal list of the year is from the fairest, and finest, of fishes… Mrs Mackerel.

2017: probably a year when I’ve listened to the least new music in recent times, so this is very much a short list in all senses.

Life – and death – gets in the way sometimes.

10 PINS – Serve the Rich
It’s no surprise that Jamie Hince of The Kills produced this anti-Conservative polemic. It may be no surprise then that I like this so much.

 

9 Queens of the Stone Age – The Way You Used To Do
I just really, really love the frenetic pace of the drumming on this tune, which greatly appeals to my rock chick lineage. There are some things that I just haven’t grown out of.

 

8 The Divine Comedy – To the Rescue
This songs punctuates a particularly difficult point in the year and its wistful sadness reminds me very much of that time. Apparently, it’s dedicated to Neil Hannon’s long term girlfriend, who cares for mistreated and neglected horses over in Ireland. Perhaps MM will pen a similar tune for me as my plan for feline domination of West Oxfordshire takes hold?

 

7 The Moonlandingz – Vessels
Oh hello, here’s another dominant drum roll – I seem to be developing a theme… A fantastic slice of psychedelic, electro pop as recommended to me by my very good friend, Mr Nightshift.

 

6 Mark Lanegan – Beehive
Much as I suspect that Lanners’ liver might be held together with vinegar and brown paper, his voice retains the growling, tremulous signature that is all his own. Sweeping guitars and a catchy chorus made this one to remember – and he was spellbinding live.

 

5 Cherry Glazer – Nurse Ratched
I loved this song right from the off, dedicated to the avenging angel who needs no introduction, Nurse Ratched. Some lovely twiddly guitar bits and harmonies, presumably as an antidote to Nurse R’s very individual bedside manner.

 

4 Cabbage – Celebration of Disease
Scratchy guitars and an earworm of a chorus meant that this was always going to bed itself into my subconscious. A celebration of a disease, a symptom of emotional greed/A celebration of disease, corrected by technology/A celebration of disease, a prescription to the new age dream.

 

3 Whispertown – Born to Ride
A floaty Americana sound with an ode to the open road and the promise of freedom, delivered through Morgan Nagler’s wonderfully hazy vocals. Hey watch out, the road will try to own you. I often sing this to the dog as we set off on our daily trek. Not really.

 

2 Laura Marling – Don’t Pass Me By
Semper Femina was my album of the year; the one I listened to on repeat. There’s something about the melancholy of her vocals over the finger-picking guitar beneath that’s so haunting: Take my old tune/Turn it into something new/Something good. Laura Marling is peerless, a one-off.

 

1 Big Thief – Shark Smile
So I thought I would crown my top ten with another uplifting ditty: a road trip song that ends in tragedy. The understated delivery of the lyrics, undercut with the slidey guitar are so tender you can almost hear her heart breaking. A very worthy, if rather poignant, number one.

 

This year’s footnote:

Louis Armstrong – We have all the Time in the World

We have all the love in the world
If that’s all we have, you will find
We need nothing more.

This one’s always for you, Dad. Our goodbye song.

Our second personal countdown comes from long time top twenty stalwart Chris T Popper, a fish of fine musical taste and the Steve Bould of Mad Mackerel.

20 Nervous Dater – Bad Spanish

 

19 The Moonlandingz – Black Hanz

 

18 Meat Wave – The Incessant

 

17 Roadhouses – Drinkin’

 

16 Ty Segall – Big Man

 

15 Public Serivce Broadcasting – All Out

 

14 The Gay Blades – Hurricane Boys

 

13 DZ Deathrays – Shred For Summer

 

12 King Lizard & The Gizzard Wizard – Vomit Coffin

 

11 Sleaford Mods – Drayton Manored

 

10 Pontiak – Tomorrow Is Forgetting
A methodic rollercoaster of a tune. Flurry of drums at the start and we’re in to the somniferous beat with some ominous guitar work echoing in the background. It’s heavy shit – plenty of reverb and that shamanic thump carries on ricocheting inside your head like a tripped out game of Pong.

 

9 Black Mekon – Janey Was A Klepto
Fantastic title for a song and the band name isn’t bad either; this comes from the album One in the Hate (which also includes the track ‘Frank Died Hanging From An Electric Fence’ which has to be worth a mention). It certainly hurtles along at a frantic pace and honed down to less than 2 and half minutes it packs plenty in with minimal fuss.

 

8 Big Thief – Shark Smile
Infused with a sadness that you sense immediately, Adrianne Lenker’s divine vocals transports you to chasing that yellow van on the moonlit road. It feels effortless with Lenker’s precision and timing. I especially loved her line comparing a kiss to the need for oxygen. A song that feels both poignant and strangely uplifting.

 

7 Lød – Folder
Folder is a rather splendid 8 and a half minute journey that takes the scenic route. Borrows from pretty much all my favourite bands and still sounds original. Fantastic breaks using keyboards and real good bass, never fails to keep you amused and bemused.

 

6 The Coathangers – Captain’s Dead
I’m still coming to terms with the fact I missed The Coathangers UK tour this year. Vocalist and guitarist Julia Kugel said the song was partly a response to the direction America has taken under a certain person elected to office in January lamenting ‘The reward for malicious action is often a bag of shit, one way or another’. The sense of disappointment is palpable and brilliantly observed.

 

5 Cool Ghoul – Gord’s Horse
My top ten wouldn’t be complete without a Gord’s Horse. San Francisco quartet Cool Ghouls put this laid back beauty together that plods along like… a horse I guess. A horse tripping on acid but still a horse.

 

4 Whispertown – Born To Ride
Whispertown is the rather marvellous LA based singer/songwriter Morgan Meyn Nagler. She possesses such an engaging and warm vocal style it hooked me in pretty much straight away. The song is so damn smart, feeling fresh and inventive and I absolutely love the hazy backing vocals.

 

3 Terry – Take Me To The City
Following last year’s entry at number 6 Terry have nabbed the no 3 spot this year with the instantly likeable Take Me To The City. The ‘All they talk about…’ refrain hints at longing for brighter lights but you get the feeling no one is escaping soon. Possesses a hook and riff you would die for.

 

2 Idles – Exeter
Idles so nearly managed a clean sweep for me this year. My favourite album with Brutalism, my favourite live act of the year and finally very nearly the best song of 2017. Joe Talbot’s lyrics are delivered with a most agreeable ferocity. Hands up whose ready for a bar fight, there’s plenty of takers here. A tour de force of barely contained anger at the banality of it all.

 

1 Metz – Drained Lake
Opening a song with feedback is always good in my book. I’m a simple soul. From it’s urgent, jarring beginning and opening line (‘Forever getting nowhere, while blankly staring in to space’) Drained Lake is just pure badass from start to finish. Guitar like buzzsaws, manic drumbeat and a sense of barely held together chaos throughout. It’s relentless and uncompromising and it delivers.

 

 

30 Meat Wave – The Incessant

 

29 L.A. Witch – L.A. Witch

 

28 Oh Sees – Orc

 

27 Pissed Jeans – Why Love Now

 

26 Deer Tick – Deer Tick Vol. 1

 

25 Ty Segall – Ty Segall

 

24 Public Service Broadcasting – Public Service Broadcasting

 

23 Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger In The Alps

 

22 Alvvays – Antisocialites

 

21 Sleaford Mods – English Tapas

 

20 Spectres – Condition

 

19 Whispertown – I’m A Man

 

18 The Americans – I’ll Be Yours

 

17 King Krule – The Ooz

 

16 Ron Gallo – Heavy Meta

 

15 Flat Worms – Flat Worms

 

14 Micah P. Hinson – Micah P Hinson Presents: The Holy Strangers

 

13 The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding

 

12 Kevin Morby – City Music

 

11 Mark Lanegan – Gargoyle

 

10 LIFE – Popular Music

 

9 Protomartyr – Relatives In Descent

 

8 Laura Marling – Semper Femina

 

7  Terry – Remember Terry

 

6 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana

 

5 Black Angels – Death Song

 

4 Cabbage – Young, Dumb & Full Of…

 

3 Big Thief – Capacity

 

2 The Moonlandingz – Interplanetary Class Classic

 

1 IDLES – Brutalism

 

 

25 The Moonlandingz – Black Hanz

 

24 FEWS – La Guardia

 

23 The Coathangers – Captain’s Dead

 

22 Cherry Glazerr – Nurse Ratched

 

21 Beaches – Void

 

20 Lo Tom – Covered Wagon

 

19 Trevor Sensor – High Beams

 

18 Mark Lanegan – Beehive

 

17 Sun Seeker – Won’t Keep Me Up At Night

 

16 Laura Marling – Don’t Pass Me By

 

15 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Vomit Coffin

 

14 Terry – Take Me To The City

 

13 The Moonlandingz – Vessels

 

12 Ha Ha Tonka – Race To The Bottom

 

11 Lød – Folder

 

10 Public Service Broadcasting – All Out

 

9 Metz – Drained Lake

 

8 Cool Ghouls – Gord’s Horse

 

7 PINS – Serve The Rich

 

6 Idles – Exeter

 

5 The Fresh & Onlys – Wolf Lie Down

 

4 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Sleep Drifter

 

3 Whispertown – Born To Ride

 

2 Cabbage – Celebration Of A Disease

 

1 BIG THIEF – SHARK SMILE

 

Best of 2017: 50 – 26

Best of 2017: 75 – 51

Best of 2017: 100 – 76

Here is a second taste from Whispertown’s upcoming long player I’m A Man.

Born To Ride opens the record and is a gently rolling, understated slice of Americana infused with a tinge of psych and twang. It is a gem of a tune.

Immerse yourself below.

 

The beguiling I’m A Man marks the return of Morgan Nagler’s Whispertown – it is the title track from her upcoming record out at the start of September, and the follow-up to 2012’s Parallel. It is a stripped back acoustic album, set in a naturally psychedelic world.

Whispertown is the latest iteration of the unique vision of Nagler. What was once The Whispertown 2000 has morphed into a less structured version of itself, with Nagler’s unmistakable vocals leading a revolving cast of musicians and artists. After being diagnosed with a polyp on her vocal cord, and faced with the possibility of never singing again, Nagler discovered she is without a doubt a “lifer”, and married to song writing, for better and for worse.

Listen below.

 

Videos of the Day

New videos today from indie-rock grandmaster Eels, a wonderfully surreal animated video for Minus The Bear’s prog-pop of Listing, some melancholic indie-pop from The Vestals and Whispertown’s new video for Open The Other Eye.

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