Dig this- Golden Animals on a must see esteemed list along song side Hawkwind, Jarvis Cocker and more. The band is trudging across England completing several club dates now, before heading to Brecon Beacons for the Green Man sonic explosion at weeks end.
A GREEN MAN SELECTION
Known as a destination for the more discerning festival-goer, the Green Man festival launched in 2003 as a one-day, 300 capacity event. With the likes of James Yorkston, King Creosote and The Memory Band on that first line-up, it instantly marked itself out as the place to go to see the best artists slightly off the beaten track. Now a 10,000 capacity, three day event, this year’s headliners are Animal Collective, Jarvis Cocker and Wilco, with other acts including British Sea Power, Gang Gang Dance, Broken Records, Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear, Andrew Bird, Peggy Sue and She Keeps Bees. Here are a few of our favourites.
01: Animal Collective – Summertime Clothes
It took me a long time to really ‘get’ the new Animal Collective album. But it was this song that kept pulling me back to it again and again until something finally clicked. Still my favourite song on there, this video for ‘Summertime Clothes’ is a bit of an assault on the senses. What a perfect way to get started.
02: Blue Roses – Doubtful Comforts
Having received a lot of critical attention this year, Blue Roses, aka Laura Groves, should win over a few more followers with her Green Man set. And she’ll win you over too right now, with this stunning lo-fi live performance.
03: Camera Obscura – French Navy
Well-established Scottish twee types Camera Obscura will be a big pull for those of you who long for Belle & Sebastian to do something again. And this track from their latest album, ‘My Maudlin Career’, suggests that you will leave happy.
04: Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele – Howard
Nothing about this suggests genius. Not the name. Not the song title. And certainly not the quite terrible video. But with summery, Beach Boys-esque tones, ‘Howard’ are something quite lovely to behold.
05: Golden Animals – Steady Roller
A surprisingly short step away from the sound of Dent May, this lazily strummed 70s-style rock has quite a calming effect. A bit of sun and a few Rizlas with some dubious contents and this could be a festival highlight.
06: Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks
Here’s one of the songs of the year, and a band who know how to impress a crowd when they play live. You can expect this show to draw a sizeable chunk of the Green Man audience when they play the main stage on Saturday.
07: Hawkwind – Silver Machine
There will be a certain amount of tweeness at Green Man. Not when Hawkwind are on, though. When Hawkwind are on there will be a certain amount of rocking your face clean off you skull.
08: Jarvis Cocker – Don’t Let Him Waste Your Time
What is there to say about Saturday headliner and national treasure Jarvis Cocker that hasn’t already been said? Probably nothing. So let us just bask in the sheer brilliance of this video.
09: Scott Matthews – Elusive
Sounding something like an understated Jeff Buckley, Scott Matthews is a bit moody. Look at his black and white video, hunched back and occasional gazes into the distance. He’ll be providing some much needed Sunday afternoon sombreness.
10: Wilco – Box Full Of Letters
Sunday headliners Wilco have been going for fifteen years now (longer if you count founder members Jeff Tweedy and John Stirratt’s previous band Uncle Tupelo), and have just released their seventh album. Let’s skip back to their first ever single, ‘Box Full Of Letters’, which was released back in 1995.
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