Françoise Hardy – La Question (1971)
I guess this must be how people expect music from France to be: all breathy and voluminous; sexy…(insert appropriate adjectives here). She is no longer the tall, awkward girl fumbling with her guitar on The Yeh-Yeh Girl From Paris but the femme fatale who is quite aware of her own power over men. Her voice has a certain allure that draws the listener in, which is nicely complimented by Brazilian guitarist Tuca’s sparse pickings – and the orchestra! Wow. Just wow. It’s hard to pick three songs, damn it all.
Highlights: Viens, Doights, Si Mi Caballero
Pulp – Different Class (1995)
I’ve been listening to Jarvis’s lyrics more closely this week and they are a masterclass in working-class rage, thinly disguised in the form of Jarvis’s nerdy-glam teacher persona. It’s seedy and Day-Glo all at once. Pulp makes life an everyday soap drama worth watching.
Highlights: Common People, Pencil Skirt, Sorted for E’s and Wizz
Maurice Deebank – Inner Thought Zone (1984)
If you like the Durutti Column or Aztec Camera then this is perfect for you. Maurice Deebank recorded Inner Thought Zone while still with Felt; he would leave shortly after the making of Ignite The Seven Cannons in 1985. Maurice Deebank was the perfect foil to Lawrence’s poetic raconteur – with his classically trained chops he could conjure a melancholy, dreamy poignance to Felt. He brings that to Inner Thought Zone, with lots of that melancholic jangly sound now complete with wind-swept synths. What is left of Felt’s romantic allure are song titles such as Silver Fountain Of Paradise Square and my personal favourite – A Tale From Scriabin’s Lonely Trail.
Highlights: Golden Hills, Pavane, A Tale From Scriabin’s Lonely Trail
- Artist: Serenaide
- Year released: 2005 on Fruit Records
- Genre: Indie pop
“Wow, the list could go on and on. Yes, The Smiths definitely! They’re legendary along with The Stone Roses. I’m also into bands like Lightning Seeds, New Order, Franz Ferdinand, Depeche Mode, Stereo MC.. basically, stuff that makes me want to put on my dancing shoes!” – Lead singer Pheyroz on their musical influences and favourite music
This debut from Serenaide was their only album, unfortunately – but it’s a brilliant ode to the music of yesteryear – think innocent, jangly tunes of the C86 scene criss-crossing with the archness of Pulp – and the sexual swing of Suede.
I present to you: The Other Side Of The Receiver!
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- Artist: Muse
- Year released: 2001 on Mushroom Records and Taste Media
- Genre: Symphonic rock, prog rock
“Music has always been an escape for me, and when I play music it is like I don’t exist and everything becomes very simple and to me that is the only thing that actually is me. Music is my origin of symmetry and it is rationalising all the chaos.” – Matt Bellamy in an interview by Steve Lamacq
I’ve always wanted to write a proper review for an album that has been, in a sense, my musical compass in my 26 years of normal human existence.
- It has constantly guided me, like a ludicrous beacon of light, to my favourite type of bands or musicians (Suede, Kate Bush, the latest addition being David Bowie – although I can’t really explain how Muse’s music is related to them. Emotional excess perhaps?)
- How music, quite rightly, should make a person feel (a complex multitude of feels through a three minute roller coaster ride that is called a song)
- Music with a philosophical bend, or an emotional darkness (well hello Joy Division!)
I present to you, readers: Origin Of Symmetry.
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