My Grey Horse
For the first Truffle Shuffle of the new year, we thought that we would approach a band who have a promising 12 months ahead of them. My Grey Horse had a rather spiffing 2012 (didn’t we all though) releasing their debut EP The Marley Banks, which won them plenty of plaudits for their interesting guitar infused alt-pop, brimming with exciting arrangements and enticing melodies. So, hopefully, Truffle Shuffle will go some way to revealing the inspirations behind the music…but there is always a risk that The Hobbit audiobook will surface.
1. Wolf Parade – Ghost Pressure
My Grey Horse: This is not going to seem legit at all! I’ve got to make it clear that shuffle is never this kind to me; I usually get caught out with Chris De Burgh or something when I’m entertaining guests. Anyway, Wolf Parade are probably our favourite contemporary group as a band (except maybe My Morning Jacket), whenever we’re referencing our desired ‘sound’ for producers in the studio it’s always a Wolf Parade record that we go for instrumentally, even though we sound nothing like them. With ‘Ghost Pressure’ they’re so determined and Boecker’s deliveries are incredible. That line: “made me feel like another man” has a feeling of solemn frustration that’s very moving. I saw them lose themselves in this track a few years ago.
2. Out Of The Frying Pan Into The Fire – The Hobbit By JRR Tolkien Disc 2 – as read by Nicol Williamson
My Grey Horse: I guess this is karma for not categorising this IPod properly. I don’t know what to say really other than I sleep to this a lot. It’s got it all; Dwarves, Hobbits, Horse feet – Nicol Williamson has great range, especially on disc 2. He’s a bit like that guy from the drink driving advert that is all “No License! No job! What will you be having?” – It’s basically his showreel.
3. Deerhoof – Choco Fight
My Grey Horse: I remember John had this as the last ringtone on his old shitty phone that survived him for years but conked out about 15 months ago. Their stuff is always so interesting rhythmically, and in the instrumentation too. The chorus is both understated and individual, whilst the whole thing is very groove-driven, which is funny because Joe doesn’t like Deerhoof at all.
4. Faith No More – A Small Victory
My Grey Horse: This is a great song. Most people must have this on their IPod without knowing; then again Faith No More are probably the least cool they’ve ever been at the moment. Mike Patton’s great though, isn’t he? From Mr Bungle to that interview about Wolfmother, I’ve always been a fan of his – there are a lot of humourless/unfunny musicians but there always seems to be genuine humour and intelligence in his writing.
5. Lindisfarne – Wake Up Little Sister
My Grey Horse: You think they’re simple when you’re listening casually but, as we’ve learned in the past through trying to cover them, they’re deceptively complex, especially in the intricacies in the vocal harmonies. Alan Hull was somebody who was capable of writing records that were riddled with depth and poetry, whilst still being able to appeal to a room full of people; true folk songs in my eyes.
6. David Bowie – Teenage Wildlife
My Grey Horse: Ahaha! I’ve not been through a period of listening to Scary Monsters properly for years; but I love this song. There’s a slinky, lazy intensity to the track but it is so clever, the verse from “You fall to the ground like a leaf from the tree” is unbelievable. I think it’s the kind of song that you’d have pictured the young Bowie to write when he was an older man, but that he rarely strived to do.