A Year of Many Songs…Instrumental Reign
Don’t get me wrong I love a belting out song lyrics as much as the next person, particularly at gigs in a semi-intoxicated manner. But let’s take a second to applaud a pleasing little trend: a hell of a lot of new music this year has taken an exceptional instrumental form.
Here are my top five tracks, one’s that suck you right in.
Twin Atlantic - Serious Underground Dance Vibes
My personal highlight (above) from Twin Atlantic’s triumphant new album Free Serious Underground Dance Vibes starts and ends with a simple, addictive rhythm, thrashing drums and penetrative notes in between.
Sigur Ros - Luppulagio
A delicately glacial lullaby from their 2011 Inni.
Remember Remember - The Swimming
As a wholly instrumental artist listening to Remember Remember’s crafted soundscapes is like taking an epically annotated journey through experience and emotion. The Swimming comes from his self titled album, released this year.
Mogwai - San Pedro
You could almost include any Mogwai here (Rano Pano was tempting), but San Pedro is a belter.
PAWS - Shut up and Drink Your Battery Acid
This is the first track that really got me into Glasgow band PAWS, angry new rock at it’s finest.