21. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell

THE DEER AT THE LAKE... Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell |  Released: 2015 Asthmatic Kitty Records |  Produced: Thomas Bartlett |  Genre: hauntingly sparse elegiac stoicism |  SIGNS AND WONDERS... "It was probably a mink." We floated on through the moat, nervously correcting our course through the narrow, reed-lined corridor. "If the coat was … Continue reading 21. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell

18. Ikebe Shakedown – The Way Home

MUSIC TO WORK TO... Ikebe Shakedown  -  The Way Home |  Released: 2017 Colemine |  Produced: Ikebe Shakedown |  Genre: Instrumental neo-funk soul grooves |  LISTEN WHILE YOU WORK... Are all writers divas? If you've ever spent much time around one with a rapidly approaching deadline, then you could be forgiven for thinking so. And … Continue reading 18. Ikebe Shakedown – The Way Home

17. IDLES – Joy As An Act Of Resistance

MAN UP, PIPE DOWN... IDLES - Joy As An Act Of Resistance |  Released: 2018 Partisan Records |  Produced: Space |  Genre: Hardcore vulnerability |  THE MASK OF MASCULINITY / IS A MASK THAT'S WEARING ME... At time of writing, it's World Mental Health Day - an event designed to increase awareness of mental health … Continue reading 17. IDLES – Joy As An Act Of Resistance

15. Parquet Courts – Wide Awake

BEFORE THE WATER GETS TOO HIGH... Parquet Courts - Wide Awake | Released: 2018 Rough Trade | Produced: Dangermouse | Genre: Anxiety punk |  NOTHING REMINDS THE MIND OF POWER LIKE THE CHEAP ODOUR OF PLASTIC / LEAKING FUMES, WE CRAVE, CONSUME: THE RUSH, IT FEELS FANTASTIC...How do you write about the end of the world? The sheer scale of … Continue reading 15. Parquet Courts – Wide Awake

14. Fuck Buttons – Tarot Sport

OLYMPIANS... Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport |  Released: 2009 All Tomorrow's Parties |  Produced: Andrew Weatherall |  Genre: Paul Oakenfold accidentally stumbling into a metal gig while having an extremely bad trip |  WASH YOUR MOUTH OUT... OK, yes: the band are called Fuck Buttons. Is that genius, or a really misguided move? It probably depends … Continue reading 14. Fuck Buttons – Tarot Sport

13. American Water – Silver Jews

GLEAMING DETAILS... Silver Jews - American Water |  Released: 1998 Drag City |  Produced: Nicolas Vernhes |  Genre:  The drunk being thrown out of the comedy club who is still funnier than the comedian on stage. THAT TANLINE ON YOUR RING FINGER... In Franz Kafka's modernist classic The Trial (Original German: Der Prozeß, all quotations … Continue reading 13. American Water – Silver Jews