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Kenny Anderson, nam-ı diğer King Creosote, Mercury’de yılın albümüne aday gösterildiğinde bir önceki güne göre çok daha fazla konuşulmaya başladı. Mart ayında Jon Hopkins’le işbirliği içerisinde Domino etiketiyle yayımlanan Diamond Mine aslında benim için o andan itibaren 2011’in en iyi albümüydü. 20 yıla yakın bir müzikal geçmişi olan King Creosote, bu albümle müzikal kariyerinin zirvesine çıkıyor. Mercury adaylığı ise bu müziğin hakettiği değerin geniş kitlelere ulaşması için güzel bir araç.
Hal böyleyken Domino’dan bir güzel haber daha geldi. İkili, 19 Eylül’de Honest Words EP’si ile üretkenliklerini devam ettirecekler. Bu EP’de -bence Diamond Mine’ın amiral gemisi olan -Bats In The Attic‘in yeniden düzenlemesi yanında Honest Words ve Aurora Boring Alias (bu kayıt aynı zamanda 2008 tarihli King Creosote ve H.M.S. Ginafore işbirliğindeki love + hate = hate albümünde yer alıyordu) isimli 2 kayıt yer alacak.
King Creosote, 20. yüzyılın sonlarından bugüne kadar kendi plak şirketi Fence ile memleketi Fife ve ülkesi İskoçya’ya dair sayısız hikayeyi albümlerine taşıdı. Bugün, yanına Jon Hopkins gibi büyük bir ismi alarak Diamond Mine ile yine Fife’ı kusursuz bir şekilde romantize ediyor.
King Creosote and H.M.S. Ginafore - Aurora Boring Alias (love + hate = hate, 2008)
Not: BBC 6 Music’in Mercury ödülleri için adaylarla özel olarak yaptığı programlardan King Creosote’un yer aldığı bölüme buradan ulaşabilirsiniz. King Creosote’un bundan önceki işlerine ait özet bir derleme ise burada.
BubbleKing Creosote & Jon Hopkins
King Creosote & Jon Hopkins - Bubble
I’m having a hard time deciding among “Bubble”, “John Taylor’s Month Away” and “Bats In The Attic”. Also, not sure why I have to choose one over the other two; I could post them all… my tumblr my rules, right? Well, fine, anyway, it’ll be “Bubble” for now.
Diamond Mine is a collaborative studio album by Scottish singer-songwriter King Creosote and English electronica musician Jon Hopkins, released on March 28, 2011 on Domino Records. […] The album took seven years to complete.
Best Tunes of 2011 (my playlist of course)
So one day, I was listening to Christmas special on BBC 6 Music. It was Tom Robinson’s show and he was just asking what is the best tune for you for 2011. I never had the chance to join the conversation but here is my list!
What is you favorite tune this year, 2011:
1. Coldplay - Every Teardrop is a Waterfall
I considered this the “summer” song for this year. It kept on playing over my head, of course the genius with the lyrics at the same time. I dont care if Coldplay would sound a modified radiohead, or make them on the POP line up now, I dont care. But of course the release of Mylo Xyloto had been a highligh I considered, but was less expected to top over Viva la Vida, still. However, they raised the bar and seems like they would stay for a while owning the songs I have on my playlist.
3. Noah and the Whale - L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.
Charlie Finks was just there, same as Chris Martin’s, whose voice is an instrument itself. Maybe without his voice the band couldve sounded differrent. But considering this song as one of the early songs of this year,
L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N was the first official single from the album Last Night on Earth, released on 23 January 2011.
It really is something to look forward for their next one.
4. Mumford and Sons - Dustbowl Dance
I was confused with the band at first with Great Big Sea, whom I also got to listen this year.
Though the band had been famous because of the success they had on The Lion Man, I just listened to them this year somewhere along the Glastonbury festival performance. The song in itself was honest and always makes me feel pacified. Though I am still hoping I could purchase a CD from them.
7. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds - Death of You and Me
Death of you and me was the first album I heard from Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds. Though his name had been there already, it was fun knowing he was now on the indie scene with newer sounds to sell.
8. Lazlo Bane - Im no Superman
I’ve heard this song before. Only when a friend had it on her phone and told me Coldplay sang it. I dont know. But the song brings me back to sleeples saturday nights years way back.
9. They Might be Giants - Boss of Me
I never appreciated the song, seriously. But lately, I kept on singing it, and slowly its on my system… You are the boss of me now, you are the boss of me now… LOL!!
Knowing this was played during the Malcom in the Middle-days I know why.
10.King Creosote & Jon Hopkins - Bats In The Attic
Okay, this would complete the list. Though I still could consider Bruno Mars’s “Lazy Song”, but it never surpassed the latter. The vocals of this song brings me nostalgia. I remember how the song lighted the cold December.
Next to Laura Marling, Emmy the Great lights up my day when I get to hear her voice. It was just something random this year when I heard her on BBC 6. All of a sudden, I exclaimed : No way! Someone like that makes amazing sounds! Oh well, Edward is Deadward!
When I first heard the song, I said, whats up with that!
And it just played on my mind. I was saying never to hip hop, alright; but I was always inclined! LOL! THhis would be the best theme song for the Blak Mist Pirates marauding the streets late at night!
If you want to see the video heres the link.
I would feel guilty if I wouldnt include this band on the list. Beirut.
Simply, they capture something I just need from a song. It just blew my head off when I first heard Santa Fe this year. Continually I would love to have them perform somewhere here! Heres the video.
I had been a Zooey Deschanel freak. I admit it. Her eyes makes it more amazing when she sings. Looking at their Paste Magazine interview, I would want to hang out along Matt Ward.
And the voice of course! Its among those songs I wish I could play on an LP and dance along with. In the sun im sure! Though the song had been released 2010, I dont mind carrying it over the list even if its about to be 2030.
So whats yours?
31 December 2011 (stream above from mixcloud/
This is a 1.5 hr edition of the show featuring songs from my favorite albums of 2011. I’ll post a nicer list of my top 20 albums soon. What were your favorite albums of this past year? Many thanks to all the people who have shared great music with me this year, and thanks for listening! I’ll be on the air for a three hour timeslot for the month of January: Saturdays noon-3pm.
1 king creosote & jon hopkins bubble diamond mine [domino]
2 king creosote & jon hopkins honest words honest words ep [domino]
3 CANT too late, too far dreams come true [terrible records/warp]
4 sóley i’ll drown we sink [morr music]
5 balam acab oh, why wander/wonder [tri angle]
6 memotone dark under the eyes (unreleased)
7 pantha du prince a nomad’s retreat (a sight below version) xi versions of black noise [rough trade]
8 four tet pyramid locked/pyramid [text]
9 cut copy need you now zonoscope [modular]
10 john maus believer we must become the pitiless censors of ourselves [upset! the rhythm/ribbon music]
11 slow club beginners paradise [moshi moshi]
12 owen pallett scandal at the parkade swedish love story ep [domino]
13 cut copy need you now (architecture in helsinki) need you now [modular]
14 withered hand love in the time of ecstasy (swimmer one remix) no cigarettes
15 sin fang slow lights summer echoes [morr music]
16 son lux leave the riches we are rising [anticon]
17 evenings [II] lees lately lp [s/r]
18 evenings saône lately lp [s/r]