I can’t remember if the point of these ‘ears’ blogs is to say what new music I’m listening to or just what music I like. My first choice for this month is a rather old favourite coming in the shape of Mike Kinsella’s most bare-boned project; Owen. Lyrically his work borders on diary book emo territory, added to the fact that it’s delivered with such finesse it can generally swing people’s decisions before they’ve discovered the complexity in which Mike’s music is based upon, as therein lies the uniqueness of his solo material. Guitar’s flutter, harmonic’s tingle and piano’s shimmer amongst various other instrumentation creating rich, warm compositions that sound like the soundtrack to hazy summer evenings. The music’s complexity derives somewhat from his American Football days, which accounts for the strong melodies that crop up throughout his solo albums, resulting in these characterful indie-pop delights.
Keeping things in the past lets skip back some 30-odd years to shine a light on potentially one of the finest pop albums ever written. When I first got into Fleetwood Mac it was after listening to the most bizarre cut and paste remix by UNKLE on radio 1 back in 2002. It used that killer bass line at the end of ‘The Chain’, which reminded me of Formula One Sundays and so I was prompted to go out and buy their classic album ‘Rumours’ on vinyl. Upon arriving home and discovering that the album is littered with pop gems including ‘Go Your Own Way’, ‘Dreams’, ‘Don’t Stop’ and ‘Songbird’, not to mention lesser known classics such as ‘Never Going Back Again’, ‘Second Hand News’ and ‘I Don’t Want To Know’, I felt that this must have been the best £5 I’d spent in a long time. All of those songs pretty much cement this album as being a piece of work that will remain timeless and illustrate as to why it’s the 10th best selling album of all time.