The Antlers // Dangermouse & Sparklehorse // Yuck
It’s been a while since we’ve added to the playlist, so here are a couple more songs for you to chill out to. The first is a cracking remix of The Antlers by ZYNC. They’ve stripped it all the way down and turned it into a song that has hints of Four Tet about it (only half as long as one of his remixes!) There are no vocals on this one and it’s got a breezy feel all the way through that makes it a good happy song. Here it is.
Next up is a song from Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse. It’s from their much delayed album Dark Night Of The Soul, which was eventually released last summer after 18 months of legal discussions between Danger Mouse and EMI (Not his first by the way… More on that soon). Anywhooo, they wrote an album together with David Lynch and instead of doing the vocals on it themselves, they asked an all-star cast of musicians to feature. It has contributions from Iggy Pop, Jason Lytle (Grandaddy), Frank Black (Pixies), Nina Persson (The Cardigans) and Julian Casblancas, who offers the vocals on this song. It is in stark contrast to The Antlers’ remix above, as this is much less of a summery song. It sounds very much like the Strokes, from the drums, guitar and (inevitably) the vocals. It also has a dollop of Beatles guitar floating around in the background, jarring its way to the front at times. The whole song is wonderfully put together and although it is slightly unsettling at times, it definitely deserves to be on the playlist. If you’re not sure why, put it on and listen to the solo with your eyes closed… There, I was right, see!
As I’ve been writing this I’ve been listening to some of the unplayed songs on my computer and this came on. It is superb. Pretty much ticks every box on the ‘is this chilled’ checklist I once thought about making up. It’s long, soaring, has a great vocal and it’s also been re-edited by one of the most accomplished long-song, veg-out bands around.