By Tom Fake
January 29, 2014
The Hot Five – My favourite new tracks of the week, usually rounded off with a classic, obscure or alternate track from my music collection. Tracks usually concentrate on guitar-based music, but really focus on anything and everything that I come across.
Track of the week: Nathaniel Rateliff – ‘Still Trying’
Taken from an album that came from feeling “a true sense of loneliness” when touring previous material, ‘Still Trying’ is the sound of a man pouring his heart and soul into his music. Colorado-born Nathaniel Ratecliff has rightly been compared to Bon Iver; both musicians purvey that same sense of melancholy and raw emotion. Ratecliff at times struggles to restrain himself, bellowing, “I don’t know a god damn thing” to memorably cap off an intense vocal performance.
Nick Waterhouse – ‘This Is A Game’
Here’s a taste of Nick Waterhouse’s infectious California rhythm and blues. The song bursts into life with a retro sound that pays tribute to American soul as well as suggestions of the singer/songwriter’s L.A. surf rock roots. April sees the release of Holly, Waterhouse’s new album, as well as a live date in London on April 10. Given his reputation of putting on a fantastic show, that is sure to be a good night.
Elbow – ‘New York Morning’
It appears that almost everything in life can be solved by the unmistakable voice of Guy Garvey. This is the second song released from their new album, The Take Off and Landing of Everything, following new track ‘Fly Boy Blue / Lunette’ that was aired earlier this month. All in all the early signs are positive for another strong album from the band, who have booked a string of March arena dates to tour their new material.
Queens of the Stone Age – ‘I Sat By The Ocean’
There are a couple of different acoustic versions of this track, but this is one of the best. Originally appearing on their superb 2013 album …Like Clockwork, this intimate performance of the song for Fox Uninvited Guest strips back the song to its essentials, mainly two acoustic guitars and Joshua Homme’s awesome vocal.
Hidden track of the week: Joe Jackson – ‘Invisible Man’
I’m finishing this week off with one of my favourite tracks of all time, which has been getting a few plays this week. Joe Jackson is probably better known for his late ’70s / ’80s new wave music than his 2008 jazz-tinged album Rain. Opening track ‘Invisible Man’ sees Jackson on piano, supported by long-time band mates Graham Maby on bass and Dave Houghton on drums. I remember reading of Rain that Jackson marries the catchiness of pop with the sophistication of his many other influences, in this case mainly jazz.
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