Song obsessions are those songs that get stuck in your head. This series of posts isn’t about what I or the other panel members think is best, but what our brain latches onto, those ear worms that loop around and around in your head.
I’m a sucker for just about all things Tallest Man. I have a particular soft spot for his fast and urgent numbers, of which this is neither, but despite that, or because of it, it got lodged in my head and I’ve been listening to it a lot.
The Lucksmiths – There is a Boy That Never Goes Out (mp3) (buy)
From the first chords, this one’s a keeper. Solid, hard-strummed, upbeat chords make it immediately danceable. Simple lyrics, with just a little of the wittiness that I’d expect from a Lucksmiths song. And as a bonus, it’s just 2 minutes long, which really clinches it as something I can play again and again. Truth be told, there are a lot of Lucksmiths songs that I play on repeat; this one was just at the top of the heap this week.
For me this week, it is almost anything off the new JBM album, Stray Ashes. I am going with the lead off track from the album “Ferry”.
The whole album (JBM’s ‘Stray Ashes’ out on Western Vinyl on May 22nd) is soo moody and sonically embracing – it is almost a crime to remove songs individually from it but if I am forced to for this feature, it is the track ‘Ferry’. The song is both isolating and achingly sad while being completely beautiful and comforting at the same time. It really sets the tone for the entire album and I just can’t stop listening to it.