For example, as thankful as I am for The Magic Whip allowing me to actually see Blur live, I think a 2012 record would’ve been pretty special. Under the Westway and Fool’s Day are probably the two best Blur songs since the 90s. and they were such a fitting sound: still indebted to some form of previous British musicianship, but noble in their sounds and especially in their lyrics. it just sounded right for a bunch of guys in their 40s. can’t help but think the mild-to-heavy jingoism of the London Olympics would’ve really spurred it on, too.
Would’ve been a very nice, appropriate return that was completely dignified.
Radiohead putting something out in 2009 as well. Twisted Words, Harry Patch are sort of anomalies in their career but they seemingly did not care and had nothing to lose. even at their ‘experimental’ level, Twisted Words seems a bit of a stray… not much of a melody, pretty much structureless, but really nailed a mood.
also, them butchering Identikit – replacing their catchiest drum pattern ever with some stuttery shit – always makes me wish they’d used the King of Limbs tour momentum to put together a record. Cut A Hole, that, Ful Stop all had this very atmospheric vibe to them. felt like a bridge between that album and In Rainbows. just makes me think of a dark forest pixelation. Skirting on the Surface really could’ve worked with those synths they had a hard-on for at that time, too.
Probably a detour to an entire trajectory here, but Rivers Cuomo hunkering down on Homie and going full country would’ve been interesting. dude was clearly confused as to how to push Weezer forward. the best songs from that post-Pinkerton era are definitely country ballad inspired – especially that wistful outlook-to-the-humped hills vibe the lyrics have. reckon a Longtime Sunshine, Tragic Girl, Getting Up And Leaving could have formed the backbone for a real reinvention for himself… or even Weezer?