Welcome to the latest edition of 'The 405 Guest Playlist'. This edition was put together by Stephen Ellis and Ellie Wilson of REVERE
. Check out their choices below!
1.'The Rainbow' - Talk Talk
- Spirit Of Eden (1988) - What an intro to a song. Over two minutes of soundscape before you hear the first guitar sound! I bet Talk Talk fans had no idea what they were hearing when this masterpiece came out. I was given a copy by Paul Smith (Maximo Park) back in Newcastle and I've never turned back. I rate Mark Hollis voice as one of the best of that decade and the arrangements are mind blowing. I would put the whole album here if I could.
2. 'Til I Die' (Alternate mix) - The Beach Boys
- Endless Harmony Soundtrack (2000) - We've been working on a cover of 'God Only Knows' but there's something about the shear amount of space in this track right up until the dense vocal harmonies suddenly cut in. The simplicity of the lyrics make the impact even more astounding. I've listened to this hundreds of times and I still get caught off guard by the vocal entry.
3. 'Decades' - Joy Division
- Closer (1980) - I swear Phillip Glass listens to Joy Division! I love every single sound on Joy Division's albums, but more I love the fact that they sound like non-musicians working it out as they're going along and coming up with this brutally honest and huge sound, and I can relate to that as I still don't really have a clue what I'm doing.
4. 'Scorpios' - Adam & The Ants
- Prince Charming (1981) - Another amazing entrance to an album. I love big thick brass arrangements and this has it all, rolling along with a relentless energy.
5. 'L'Uomo Che Non Sapeva Amare' - Mike Patton
- Mondo Cane (2010) - What could be more perfect than Mike Patton doing an album of Italian Songs with an Orchestra in tow. Drenched in the influence of Nino Rota and of course Morricone, but led by Pattons own inimitable sound this is one of a number of climactic songs which often have me reaching for the 'repeat' button.
6. 'Seven' - Fever Ray
- Fever Ray (2009) - a standout track on this wonderful album. I just love her voice and the production on each track is pitch perfect. Saw them live at Latitude and they do a bizarre cross between completely over the top stage wear but understated performance.
7. 'Song To The Siren' - Tim Buckley
- Starsailor (1970) - this was the first Tim Buckley album I got, as a gift from someone. It took me ages to get into it but it's now one of my favourite albums. A bit like reading William Burroughs for the first time and thinking "what is this?!" This is obviously one of Tim Buckley's torch songs but the thing to focus on is his layered backing vocals emulating the sirens song, pretty damn successfully!
8. 'The Lord Will Make A Way (Somehow)' - The Abyssinian Baptist Gospel Choir
- Shakin' The Rafters (2002) - This is gospel as a wall of sound. The most amazing sound I've heard since listening to Thomas Tallis' 'Spem In Alium' when I was at school!! By the time this kicks in I'm already bouncing off the walls.
9. 'Too Young To Die' - Gabby Young & Other Animals
- We're All In This Together (2009) - I've seen this reduce huge audiences to pin-drop, lump-in-the-throat silences in one fell swoop as soon as they hear the first few words. The recording was made in a live take and the addition of the fireworks is one of the most genius touches I've ever heard.
10. 'Il Mercenario - L'Arena' - Ennio Morricone
- Il Mercenario (2006) - this has recently become REVERE's walk on music but to be honest I'd happily walk on to anything by the Maestro. Recently had the enormous pleasure of being sat just a few feet away while he conducted a huge orchestra and choir at the Royal Albert Hall. it was either this or 'The Ecstasy Of Gold' but I wanted to introduce you to something less well known.
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1. Sonic Youth
â 'Kool Thing'
âSonic Youth? Sonic Middle-Aged more like....â I always remember a guy saying that to me at University! I donât care how old they are they can still rock harder than most younger bands they have influenced. They were on Jools Holland last year performing tracks from their latest album, The Eternal
, which is brilliant - Thurston still looks about thirty. Anything by these guys is great but Goo & Dirty
are my favourite albums.
â 'The Perfect Me'
I love this band, so original and quirky; I get a big smile on my face whenever I listen to them. Their sound moves from psychedelic and twee indie pop to shouty garage punk topped off by math-rock, angular rhythms - sometimes all in the same song! I wanted to pick a song off the album The Runners Four
but unfortunately itâs not on Spotify yet so here is a track from their 2008 album, Friends Opportunity
3. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
â 'The Mercy Seat'
Nick Cave is a genius, his charisma and presence on stage is incredible and I never tire of seeing him live. So many albums, so many great songs - this one is a classic.
4. Holy Fuck
â 'Super Inuit'
We played at Glastonbury in 2008 and this was one of the bands I discovered there. Their new album, Latin
, hasnât been out of my car stereo since I bought it but Iâve chosen a track from the first album for this playlist. I love the whole NEU! / kraut-rock thing and respect them for using old vintage gear to achieve their sound. I have a Watkins Copicat that I sometimes use with my violin live - changing broken loops mid-set always keep you on your toes!
5. Jesus & the Mary Chain
â 'Cracking Up'
I love their early stuff, all white noise, distortion and drenched in reverb but this track from their final album is an indie classic with a great opening guitar riff.
6. The Zombies
â 'Time of the Season'
The psychedelic sixties vibe in this song evokes imagery of what I think (or would like to believe!) the sixties was like. I love the melancholic but summery feel of the music from this era.
7. Cats in Paris
â 'Loose Tooth Tactile'
One of my favourite new bands. This three-piece are from Manchester and they are lovely, very talented guys who have a very unique musical style. Here is a great track from their first album. Enjoy!
8. Oh No Ono
â 'Eleanor Speaks'
Another song to add to my collection of tunes with my name in the title! I discovered this Danish band by chance via Twitter. They have a rather odd sound, a bit like the Cardiacs mixed with an 80s synth reincarnation of the Beach Boys.
9. Portico Quartet
â 'Knee Deep in the North Sea'
I first took notice of this modern jazz group when they were nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2008. Great musicians and an amazing sound.
10. Arvo PÃ¤rt â 'Fratres'
The Estonian composer Arvo Part has written many beautiful works but Fratres is my favourite. A deeply spiritual and moving work.
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