30th September, 2005

Music Monthlies: September 2005

Last month I was a bit hung up on old stuff, aside from the brilliant new album from Sigur Rós. This month it’s all new, although I’m aprehensive about saying anything ever since a comment troll arrived to diss my music taste. Oh well.

The album I cannot stop listening to is the third album from Elbow - Leaders Of The Free World. Who’d have thought their third album would be their best? The title track is quite simply the best record they have made, and I’m prepared to say that it is absolutely perfect. I’d download it again, but I already have it, so that would be stupid. Anyway, Elbow rule this month. Hooray once more for Manchester.

It is very comforting to see everyone getting excited about The Arctic Monkeys, although they’re all late, since my colleague was banging on about them back in May. You’ll either love them or hate them… except you’ll love them, so that’s a null statement.

King Biscuit Time have been getting a fair bit of play in the office, so hooray for Steve Mason there. I’ve been playing lots of RJD2 (noisy website) too (no, I did not misspell R2D2, this is not about Star Wars). He makes big, brash hip-hop-heavy breaksy stuff that’s clearly influenced by DJ Shadow, and is absolutely perfect music to make websites to. The album is Deadringer, and it rocks a very large one.

Bloc Party (that’s a nice website they have there) release Two More Years soon I think, and it’s a perfect pop tune that has the same retro feel as old single Banquet. Loving that. Birmingham’s Interpol-tribute band The Editors completely surprised us all in the office with their dark and moody but oh-so superb album. It’s nothing new, and I think they’re dancing on Ian Curtis’ grave to a certain extent, but it’s so good it deserves a mention.

That’s it for now. I thought about mentioning the return of Franz Ferdinand, but I’ve decided I only like the riff on their new single - the rest of it is a bit of a forced smile, so I won’t mention them.

I’m sure I’ve forgotten something, but I’ve waxed lyrical about Elbow, so I know I’ve done my job. Hopefully I’ve pissed off the comment troll too. He says I know nothing about independent music. He should see my record collection.

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