A couple of months ago, I was asked by The Journal to write twenty five words or so about five songs I was listening to at the minute. I totally forgot about it til today but thought I’d share it here with you on here so you could maybe discover some new music you love…
Van Morrison - Slim Slow Slider
Every year, without fail, as soon as the first little bit of summer creeps in, ‘Astral Weeks’ becomes my soundtrack. Slim Slow Slider is the album’s closer and Van Morrison’s delivery on it is so free, it sounds as if it’s being written on the spot. Perfect end to a perfect album.
Mutual Benefit - Advanced Falconry
This is the kind of song that makes me want to fall in love and have kids and grow old and keep photo books and have adventures and look back on it all and not regret a thing, to just feel total contentment and satisfaction in the way you’ve lived your life.
Damien Jurado - Metallic Cloud
The lyrics to this song are the kind of lyrics I sing over and over again, not knowing what they mean, but knowing how they make me feel. For some reason, I kind of imagine when Yuri Gagarin first looked back at the world from space, he heard this song.
Willy Mason - If It’s The End
This song is like that moment when something that’s upset you becomes funny. It sounds weary but amused. Apparently, when my brother was just a toddler, he smashed up my dad’s prized guitar. If this song had been out in the 90s, I reckon my dad would have taken it a lot better…
Fleet Foxes - Grown Ocean
For a long time, every time I had to get up early in the morning, I’d put this on repeat. The song sounds like a sudden realisation. It sounds like the epigraph to something much, much bigger than itself. It sounds like unrestrained excitement encapsulated.