I kept on hearing about this band, but on a listen some of the stuff just sounded like standard trip-hop which has been done to death. I might give it another go though.
Apart from Lamb (who I’m a massive fan of), The XX and a few other bands from a similar genre, I’ve haven’t listened to a lot of trip hop. When this came out in March, I listened to it non-stop for two weeks, bought the CD, took a break and then listened it to a lot since then. I love how the vocalists and music combine, the lyrical themes and the late night vibe.
Yeah, I think I overdid it in the mid 90s onwards when MoWax/Portihead/Wall of Sound were all massive and there was just so much around that I listened to.
Lamb are the best. Always surprised they don’t get more love compared with Portishead and Massive Attack.
I actually prefer them in some ways. I have their first singles as a collection of 12s and some white labels that I cherish. I think they sound different enough for me to not have lumped them in with the rest in my head.
Out of those 3 I’ve only heard Portishead, who’ve done some very good downbeat tunes.
I definitely prefer Lamb to Portishead and Massive Attack. Backspace Unwind is their best from start-to-finish though What Sound? has my favourite tunes on it.
Completely off-topic for 2016 AOTY, but my preference is:
Lamb > 5 > Fear of Fours > What Sound > Backspace Unwind > Between Darkness and Wonder
The Remixed albums is stellar as well.
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You know what. I keep coming back to Beyonce lemonade to listen to. I don’t like a lot of the over the top hype surrounding it. But by the metric ‘number of times listening’ it is up there.
Yes, we’re a bit off topic but I love Lamb so it’s good to share my thoughts about them with someone who loves them too.
Albums from favourite to least favourite (revised): What Sound? > Live at Koko > Backspace Rewind > Live at Paradiso > 5 > Fear Of Fours > Lamb > Between Darkness & Wonder
Hard to pick favourite songs but Gabriel, Gorecki, Heaven, Lullaby and What Sound? are a few.
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I hope field music get some recognition for how damn good commontime is
One of the most consistent bands out there! Every Brewis brother’s release is essential in my books.
I was dead chuffed when Prince tweeted about them!
My top 5, and runners up.
Animal Collective – Painting With
Steve Gunn – Eyes on the Lines
Floor Plan – Victorious
Preoccupations – Preoccupations
Spring King – Tell Me if you like to
Yeasayer – Amen and Goodbye
Maxwell – Black Summers Night
Andy Shauf – The Party
Japanese Breakfast – Psychopomp
Junior Boys – Big Black Coat
Destroyer – Poison Season
Julia Holter – Have you in my Wilderness
Chris Cohen – As if Apart
Field Music – Commontime
Blood Orange – Freetown Sound
DMA’s – Hill’s End
Roisin Murphy – Take her up to Monto
The Invisible – Patience
The Orb – COW / Chill Out, World
Underworld – Barbara Barbara, We face a Shining Future
Jessy Lanza – Oh No
Mitski – Puberty 2
The Range – Potential
Seth Bogart – Seth Bogart
Thomas Cohen – Bloom Forever
Bayonne – Primitives
Helado Negro – Private Energy
Ooh, forgot Julia Holter was last year…
Argh! and Destroyer.