Bon Iver – Bon Iver (4AD)
June 20, 2011
Vernon’s calling card – his delicate falsetto – is still one of the highlights, and he’s not beyond bold (and largely successful) adventures in autotune.
The Loneliness Of A Tower Crane Driver and the perennially brilliant Some Riot bring tears to the eyes, Grounds For Divorce has us all hollering along, and Forget Myself makes every Manc in the house pine for home... It beggars belief how this band can make playing to 40,000 people seem like they're playing to you and you alone.
"Excuse me," asks a wide-eyed chap I encounter near Lost and Found, "do you think there's a stove in Outer Space?" Why, I'm not sure, I reply, realising I'm stood next to a sign bearing the words Outer Space... Said gentleman dives inside a piece of corrugated tubing at my feet and wriggles through... like he's auditioning for the Krypton Factor.
OK. Make yourselves comfortable, it's time for the biggest Fugitive Motel about-face in our short and chequered history.
Typical Bestival fancy dress day madness is in full flow, and I'm loving it.
Here's an excellent out-of-context overheard in Green Camping on the way back to Temporary Motel Towers: "let me lick your feet." Odd, yet not entirely unexpected as far as Bestival punters are concerned.
The ferry to Ryde Pier Head from Portsmouth Harbour makes us feel like we are on holiday/a booze run to Calais/in a Vampire Weekend video (delete as appropriate).
VETO – Crushing Digits (Sony BMG)
April 20th, 2009
Standout track Shake is, yes, urgent, intense, but utterly brilliant, demanding the kind of commitment to head-banging, arm-flailing, floor-shaking freak-outs that will make your feet bleed and give a whole new meaning to the concept of dancing.
DeVotchKa – How It Ends (Anti Records) January 19th, 2009 5.0/6.0 Denver’s gypsy-folk-punk-mariachi outfit DeVotchKa are probably best known for providing the soundtrack to indie...