Yep, we're back from the beach trough, looking rather brown and slightly plumper as you'd expect. A very enjoyable week's diversion from the cold and dark for sure, although the severe paucity of quality musical entertainment during that time has left me well in need of some good old home cooked #lc fare...
"We're away for the weekend in Yorkshire. At this time of year it's customary to look back on the year, think about highlights and lowlights and for a lot of us, that means thinking about the soundtrack that accompanied those memories. For me that means driving through New England to the sound of Fallout Boy on the radio, sitting on delayed trains to the sound of Father John Misty and wanting to dance to Taylor Swift whenever she appeared on the telly. It meant putting this Listeningclub pick on my headphones and trying to hide the tears when I listened to the words. Make no mistake - this album is a weepie. It's about death and mourning, about that time when you're so deeply deeply sad that you don't think you're ever going to crawl out and feel normal again. It's about looking for redemption, and how sometimes it's the little things that keep us going when we don't feel we can. Truly, something for everyone. With just under three weeks to go, I think it's my album of 2015.
We were lucky enough to see this album toured this year. Only one date, but that show went straight into my top 3 shows EVER.
If you like this artist or their ilk you will have heard this already. I'm afraid a lot of you won't enjoy this record, but them's the breaks. You can pick next week, and treat us all to some overblown proggy nonsense which will make me want to tear my ears off. Gotta love listeningclub.
I do hope though, you'll find something to like about this record. Even if it's just the lyric about wanking."
Okaydoke. Direct download is here, and the HearThis stream is...
Hope to see you at 8pm GMT!