Currently listening, Jan 2011

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Posted 23 Jan 2011 in Currently Listening

1. British Sea Power: Valhalla Dancehall LP (Still pretty much of the opinion that this is their finest, most fully realised LP yet. Some classic BSP stompers, and the best songs yet by the increasingly influential Hamilton).
2. Justin Townes Earle: Harlem River Blues LP (absolutely stunning live in Brighton last week, I prefer Justin’s music stripped down rather than fleshed out – but his stuff is brilliant; the key being the way he sings about the modern world in a way that recalls tradition).
3. Broadcast – Winter Now (Well, everyone is saying how much they miss Trish Keenan right now. I was never a huge Broadcast fan, but they’re undeniably lovely and of course, her death is a huge loss).

4. PJ Harvey – The Words That Makest Murder (she’s back – exciting)
5. Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers (she’s back – doubly exciting. I have really really high hopes for the new album; got a feeling it’ll be one of the best of the year).

6. Seth Nehil – Knives LP (agreeably discordant waves of sound and musique concrete; uneasy listening).
7. Clint Mansell – Swan Lake OST LP (Reliably brilliant stuff by Mansell, who scored Duncan Jones’ ‘Moon’ so successfully. Here Tchaikovsky’s original music is led down dark alleys and basements – serene one minute, chilling the next).
8. Colorama – Box (saw this lot live at the Hedgerow Society in Brighton this week and really enjoyed their fine tuned psych pop. This track is the lead song from their new LP. Video below; sorry about the gratuitous leg-shot).

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