Saturday, May 01, 2021

Feel good hits of the 1st May

Maybe it's just me, but it beggars belief that the Besnard Lakes' longstanding label apparently first tried to get the Canadians to rein in the expansive tendencies that make them so special, steering them towards more concise songs (see 2016's A Coliseum Complex Museum), and were then happy to part company. Still, Jagjaguwar's loss is most definitely Fat Cat and Full Time Hobby's gain, and - as the title would suggest - with The Besnard Lakes Are The Last Of The Great Thunderstorm Warnings, the brakes are very much off. Thankfully.

Title track of the Norwegians' second album. You'd be hard pushed to find more thrillingly odd and inventive guitar playing on any record released this year.

Revisiting this after a few years, it's little wonder that it ended up being the last song on the band's last studio recording. How on earth would you follow it up?!

The stunning first track from his latest LP Great Spans Of Muddy Time. Just a shame that it sets a bar that the rest of the album struggles to reach.

5. 'N.E.O.' - Chai
Bright, poppy, yelpy fun - like Tricot and CSS playing at a kids' birthday party. More information here, courtesy of Pitchfork.

There's nothing remotely forward thinking about Crystal Stilts, sure, but this is wonderful: The Jesus & Mary Chain does 60s West Coast jangle pop.

Only Arab Strap could write a genuinely poignant song about wanking. Welcome back, chaps.

Cos sometimes only classic 90s-flavoured indie rock will do. And this will certainly do.

Did someone say "classic 90s-flavoured indie rock"? I've been falling love with Lush (and this song in particular) all over again.

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