sun kil moon - benji

Review: Sun Kil Moon – Benji

To say that Benji is an album about death is to accept that life is about death too. Because, well, it is, no matter how you split it. You spend your life surrounded by people who will die at some point, every single one. It’s not the nicest thing to think about, and given how pervasive death is in life, it’s amazing that we’re not all walking about crying every single second of the day. It’s amazing how we focus on things that make us happy, and that even though we all know (and most of us have come to terms with the fact) that death is there waiting for us eventually, we don’t allow it the focus it wants. Still, there are moments in our lives where death will bring its ugly head into view. I went to a funeral a little while ago with my little brother, and as we tried to cheer each other up as best we could, the conversation turned to where we were, a crematorium in a small town in the north of England. “You know, it’s weird. There are two possibilities: either you’ll be at my funeral, or I’ll be at yours.” I’m not the cheeriest at funerals.
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Dance Yrself Clean – LCD Soundsystem – Time For A Break

LCD Soundsystem were only a band I started listening to when I first came to London. In less than a year, they’ve hit the right marks a lot. Here’s another one – I’m going to be taking a short break from the site, whilst I deal with some health issues.
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The Whippgrass – Justin Vernon – Lost in the World

‘The Whippgrass’ by Justin Vernon is a track I first listened to a little while after getting into Bon Iver’s debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago. Like many, it’s an album I really love. I like the stark lack of complexity in tracks like ‘Skinny Love’ and ‘Flume’. It’s something I find really impressive, being able to take something really simple and make something beautiful out of it. ‘The Whippgrass’ is one of the best examples of this I’ve heard.
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Oh Yeah – The Subways – Oh Oh

It’s weird, since I moved to London, all I’ve been thinking about is work. Career, adding another line to my CV, that kind of thing. It’s funny – we have a work experience guy at work at the moment, and I’m meant to have him shadowing me a little bit. He’s just finished his GCSEs, awaiting his results. It’s that path that you follow for a long time – GCSEs, AS Levels, A Levels, University, etc. But it’s all been work at the moment for me, for the last ten months or so, and working as hard as I possibly can. It was only today that I sat down and realised that the one thing I’ve neglected a lot is life.
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The Battle of Hampton Roads – Titus Andronicus – The Ship Comes In

Both yesterday and today have all been about 2009 for me. I interviewed Gavin Castleton yesterday (which should be going up on the site soon), realised that RX Bandit’s new album is due out a week today, and started this morning listening to Merriweather Post Pavilion on my way to work. Gavin Castleton released Home in 2009, an album which really struck a chord with me, RX Bandits released Mandala the same year, an album that stood out from the crowd (easily one of my favourites from that year), and Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion also came out that year too. So too did Manchester Orchestra’s Mean Everything to Nothing, Future of the Left’s Travels With Myself and Another, Emmy The Great’s First Love, Two Dancers by Wild Beasts, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix by Phoenix, and a whole host of others. 2009 was an eclectic mix of near-on everything music had to offer. I certainly didn’t listen to as many albums in 2009 as I did in, say, 2013, but it seemed like everything I spent any time with was gold.

2010 arrived, and with it the album I didn’t know I needed – The Monitor by Titus Andronicus.
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I Don’t Love – Have A Nice Life – At Sea, It’s Calmer Under the Waves

On Wednesday 9th July, The Flenser will be opening up pre-orders for the re-release of Deathconsciousness, Have A Nice Life’s debut album. To put it simply, Deathconsciousness is one of my favourite records of all time. Writing about any track off this record was always going to be difficult, especially given how much it means to me personally. But here we are, and I’m going to try to explain why I’ll be sat at my computer as soon as these pre-orders go live, frantic with worry that I won’t get my copy in the limited edition green-coloured vinyl.
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Come On! Let’s Boogey To The Elf Dance! – Sufjan Stevens – Why Working on Sunday is Like Christmas in July

The return of the ‘Christmas in…’ series has us once again turning our focus to a Sufjan Stevens track. This past couple of weeks I’ve been really busy with work. For those who don’t know, I work with a record company, doing sales and marketing research analysis. Yes, when my mum asked me when I was six years old what I wanted to be when I was older, I replied that I wanted to be a sales and marketing research analyst. Big dreams.
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Coffee – Sylvan Esso – Cool to be Uncool

One of my favourite records so far this year is Sylvan Esso’s self titled debut. I reviewed the album for Unrecorded (here), and it’s become an album I’ve had on heavy rotation ever since I first listened to it. More than that, there’s one particular song which continues to make an early bid for my track of the year: ‘Coffee’.
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