Date: 25 May 2018
This is the third in an occasional series where I highlight five music acts that have inspired me within a five year period. They don't necessarily have to have been active in that space of time, it's more that I discovered them during those five years.
So, without further ado, here are five of those new artists that I found and enjoyed during that time.
An excellent Mancunian band who were unknown when I bought their first album. In fact, I was filled with a type of jealous rage when they became famous and other people started liking them. Newborn is the highlight of their first album and this is a live version from 2015.
I was introduced to this band by someone I dated back in 2001. This Scottish duo create wonderful electronic soundscapes scattered with samples, beats and great chords. Aquarius summarises their sound perfectly.
If you enjoy indie post-punk mixed with melodic sensibilities and English military references, this would be the band for you. Plying their time writing in the Sussex countryside whilst cracking open a cask ale, these guys write consistently solid music. Remember Me is a case in point.
About 30 years after the death of this great and enigmatic song-smith, I finally discovered his wonderful, simple music. Mostly arranged with just guitar and vocal, sumptuous strings are added to The River Man to levitate his songwriting to another dimension.
Going full circle, this English band are great friends of the aforementioned Elbow although this band's pallet is slightly heavier. The songs ache with a melancholia reflected in their working class background but they can soar into the sublime. Like Snowden.