The Bats’ new album Free The Monsters is out today – so Cheese on Toast thought it was timely to ask Robert Scott (The Bats, The Clean) what the top 5 songs he’s digging right now are. And he told us…
Calgary off the Bon Iver album
Starts with a bed of orchestral keyboards, a 70′s vibe massed choir of ghostly vocals, after a few minutes in builds into an epic chorus that should happen again but doesn’t. I heard this on a plane recently and the mood of it really grabbed me at the time. In some ways similar to Fleet Foxes and a number of other folk inspired Americans around at the moment.
Alonso Phillippe by Haunted Love off Spirit Revival album
A great track off the new Album. Super spacey production by Ed Cake, I’ve had a pre album version for a while so know it quite well. The organ sound is spot on and of course haunting, little extra flourishes of sound pop in and out to keep the interest up. The vocals are very warm and sad at the same time, dragging you into the song. These ex Dunediners sure know how to write dark pop.
Drover by Bill Callahan off Apocalypse album
Another moody classic by Bill, almost brings to mind Johnny Cash. Great lyrics as usual, he paints a strange scene in the best possible way. His last album is one of my all time faves and this brings back touches of that record, spooky, lonesome and weird.
Merri by the Orbweavers off the Loom album
I only heard this the other day as Mistletone the melbourne record label gave me a copy. A nice production from this folky combo, touches of D Lynch, Anne Briggs etc, very good instrumentation too and a well written song that features great vocals by Marita Dyson.
Running through the night by Tiny Ruins off Some were meant for sea album
Hollie Fullbrooks voice is a wonderful thing, quite different from what else is around at the moment, bringing to mind something you might hear at an English folk club in the 60′s. The melody is strong and combines well with the descending guitar pattern, very moving and wistful.