With the beaming yellow ball in the sky calling comfy tees and ice-pops back into fashion, Seán Ryan selects Six Songs for Spring souls.
It’s been a delight to have been able to reacquaint ourselves with the sun in the last week. Here are six songs that can only enhance these beautiful first few days of real sunshine. First comes ‘Aqua Profunda!’ from Courtney Barnett‘s splendid Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. Provided raucous backing by the CB3, this track carries all the energy one could want to make the most of the first few glorious days of sun. Still basking in the glow of a stunning show in Whelans just over a week ago that happily appeared to coincide with the first truly warm day of this spring, this is a treat of a pop song from everyone’s new number one Aussie.
The first track from the newest record from The Cribs’ For All My Sisters, ‘An Ivory Hand’ melds together an innumerable quantity of classic hooks in the space of under four minutes. Ric Ocasek lends a production that throws back to the glory days of The Blue Album. What more could you want?
‘Colour Me Impressed’ is a giddy race downhill off Hootenanny, the classic second album from The Replacements. Given they have just kicked off their first headline tour in many years, it would be rather remiss of me not to include this from Paul Westerberg and co.
With the twentieth anniversary of the release of Pavement‘s delightfully bloated Wowee Zowee falling around now, there simply must be a cut featured in this list. ‘Kennel District’ is debatably the finest hour of Spiral Stairs’ songwriting career. With rumours of a new reunion tour swirling in recent days, now is the time to revisit this lost classic.
From 2011’s The Whole Love, ‘Born Alone’ stands up as later period classic of the extensive Wilco canon. Nels Cline’s exultant guitar riff serves as an exultant counterpoint to the resignation of Jeff Tweedy’s lyrics and delicate vocal delivery.
Finally, what do we look forward to more with the advent of spring than just a little ‘Sun’? Caribou‘s ode may only have a one word lyric, but it without question says all it needs to say. Dan Snaith has a way with arrangements that can do more to give a sense of a place and time than any number of verses could hope to offer, and so it proves here, as he roundly reminds us of what we have been missing for the long winter months through a crescendo of layered percussion and warm, squelchy synth. The sun has made its comeback, and here’s hoping we’ll be seeing plenty of it over the coming weeks and months.