I went to take a photo of my little girl yesterday with my iPhone and found the memory was full! Not really a great surprise – I had nearly 600 photos on there, a number of podcasts waiting to be listened to, and 10GB of Ultimate playlist. It was time for a clean up. I set about the task and, after clearing down the photos (they had been iCloud synced to my laptop anyway) and deleting podcasts that were drastically out of date, I turned to the music and considered if it was time for a cull on The Ultimate Playlist.
It was at this point I noticed something.
Late last year/early this year, just before my lay off, I was working a job in the city and was commuting mostly by train (I live in a suburban town just outside of Manchester). Through this time I had a short list of albums, new or nearly new at the time, I was listening as a whole while on the commute. They were;
Miles Kane – Colour of the Trap
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Rizzle Kicks – Stereo Typical
The Black Keys – El Camino
As it turns out; these albums were sitting in their entirety on my iPhone and none of the tracks I liked from these albums had been selected and added to the Ultimate Playlist. It was a travesty of epic proportions that immediately needed rectifying!
First – Miles Kane. ‘Colour of the Trap’ was probably the album I enjoyed most at that moment in my life and found myself selecting it the largest proportion of times as I trudged through Manchester’s winter weather and boarded over crowded commuter trains. It the one from the above list that I considered the highest number of tunes for the Ultimate Playlist. Truthfully; I think the album appealled to me so much because of it’s distinctive mixture of 60s retro sounds and 90s Britpop sensibilities that is hugely in line with my tastes, and it does not bother me at all that there is not really anything new here as it is all written and performed so well.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds was OK, but not as mind-blowingly awesome as I’d hoped. Mostly, I suppose, I just long for the days when Noel Gallagher used to write and perform riotous, raucous slabs of rock n’ roll, but I know deep down that will never happen again, not since Be Here Now. Hey, it might happen again, I’m a dreamer (and I’m not the only one). That said – a couple of tracks did make it onto the playlist. A number of the songs carry a large, epic sound that you can’t help getting swept away in and enjoy.
As for The Black Keys I am crazy haunted by one track in particular; ‘Gold on the Ceiling’. Every time I hear it (and it’s everywhere!) it firmly entrenches itself in my mind and I find myself unable to stop humming the riff. It’s contagious. Unfortunately the rest of the album fails to reach the same heights, with just the catchy ‘Lonely Boy’ as the only other tune to stand out amongst them. The rootsy garage blues/rock sound should really captivate my attention, however, it sniffs a bit of poor man’s White Stripes that, when compared to, say, Miles Kane’s warm, well observed replication/homage of the retro sounds he loves so much, most of this album seems thin and forgettable.
Finally; The Rizzle Kicks. Not a usual choice for me, but I heard ‘Down with the Trumpets’ and enjoyed the lyrical, melodic and joyful sound of these two youngsters. It was even my ringtone for a little bit. The album is delightful; it’s youthful, lively, witty and entertaining stuff that makes my foot tap. Plus – it keeps me in touch with the yoof, who wouldn’t know a guitar if it fell from the sky and struck them on the head (making the sound of a barre E of course).
So, each of these albums has been trimmed for memory space and the below remains on the Ultimate Playlist;
- Come Closer
- My Fantasy
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
- Dream On
- If I Had A Gun…
- The Death of You and Me
- AKA…What A Life
- The Wrong Beach
- Everybody’s on the Run
The Black Keys
- Gold on the Ceiling
- Lonely Boy
The Rizzle Kicks
- When I Was a Youngster
- Down With the Trumpets
- Mama Do the Hump
- Miss Cigarette
Go and check them out – I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I did…
- The Manifesto for the Creation of the Ultimate Playlist (truemistersix.wordpress.com)