Monday, December 31, 2012
The Best Song Wasn't The Single
This was my (new) Track Of The Year, in case anyone wondered. Terrific album, Channel Orange.
I also very much liked the lilting loveliness of the Lightships record, which sadly seems to have gone unheralded in all of those trendy end of year lists.
The Gregory Porter album had some absolutely beautiful things on it, like this...
...though I'm not sure that on the whole I liked it better than Water.
We loved Damon's Dr Dee at ENO, and it was splendid to meet yer man at the stage door after: there are two or three songs on the record I think are amongst the best stuff he's ever done. In the year of 'Under The Westway' and, oh yes, 'Poison' that was quite a thing.
I hope to see Bear's Den again in 2013 - as I felt the strange urge to scribble on Last FM, I am in general too old and jaded to be easily impressed by acoustic guitar/ banjo-wielding beardy twentysomethings from the Home Counties, but these lads have talent and I think I *heart* them.
Their potato-printed EP had at least two of my favourite songs of the year on it ('Pompeii' and 'Stubborn Beast').
I liked the Chromatics cover of 'Ceremony' so much (thanks chocolategirl64) I'm going to investigate their album. And the Donald Fagen single swung, sorry Dan haterz.
As ever though, so much more of the music that was new to me in 2012 was, actually, old.
Thank you ally and Rob '99p Soul' Ryan, Darcy and Drew in particular for keeping my soul fires burning this year; Swiss Adam for, amongst much else, the heads-up on Michael Rother's 'Flammende Herzen' (wow - and I've still got to get some La Dusseldorf!); and all of you for your quips, tips and bloggy lurve.
Happy New Year x