Sad King Billy are set to release their latest single, ‘Don’t Come Back’ on 10 September. Set to be an instant and enduring pop classic, look out for the ATS review of ‘Don’t Come Back’ soon. Meantime, the wunderkind behind Sad King Billy, Jules Peet shares 10 of the songs that inspire him and his music. Check them out!
In a world with an abundance of music and choice, panning for gold nuggets of truth, emotion and that special something which makes music a universal lifeblood is a difficult quest. For the purposes of this promotional exercise let me give it a crack. I am by no means an authority on this subject but I definitely know more about the human element than the robots controlling your algorithms. So here it is, ten songs of my choosing with an additional sprinkling of Sad King Billy to give the robots the benefit of the doubt.
Number 1 – ‘Lilacs’ by Waxahatchee
At the heart of all truth in song often sits lyricism surrounded by such infectious musical composition that we can journey through a song start to finish with a smile on our face, tapping our foot and hoping for a better tomorrow without digging too deep into the subtext. This of course keeps you coming back for more, which is when you realise the truth is almost always a sad truth. This song is such a bittersweet mix of elements that I’ve been coming back for more since January. Thank you and please come again.
Number 2 – ‘Model Village’ by IDLES
I didn’t realise how much I liked angry music until I started listening to this record. This song makes me want to storm into my local sports bar and headbutt ignorance in the face but I won’t because it’s Monday and I’m writing this in bed … and I’m scared.
Number 3 – ‘The Right Reasons’ by Carla Geneve
Supporting local music is far more important now than it’s ever been, however even if Carla was from Antarctica, our most hated neighbour, I would be listening to this. A true master of lyricism, emotion and the acoustic guitar, Carla takes you on such a relatable journey through song that you feel like she’s lived a thousand lives. Keep living, I need to hear more.
Number 4 – ‘Fire Truck’ by Andy Shauf
If equal parts songwriting and production is what gets you out of your pile of money surrounded by many beautiful partners in the morning, then Andy Shauf is for you. I literally could have picked anything from this album and you would have put down your goblet, adorned your silk robe and chastised your butler for not telling you about this record sooner.
Number 5 – ‘Pin it Down’ by Madison Cunningham
I don’t know many people that listen to this record and I also don’t know why it took me so long to discover it. Something great about arriving to the party late is that everyone’s too fucked up to care, but there’s always that one host who breaks your balls for coming empty handed or not wearing a costume. If you’re still reading this at this point, it’s safe to say you’re probably that kinda hydra host and don’t take this personally.
Number 6 – ‘ANTIDOTE’ by Indoor Fins
If Ruban Nielson and Jeff Lynne had a beautiful child together it definitely wouldn’t be Timothy Nelson but that child might grow up to be his music teacher or guidance counselor. If those names mean nothing to you, go buy yourself a $16 shovel from Bunnings, dig a hole and see if you can find some taste in music
Number 7 – ‘NEW MAGIC WAND’ by Tyler, The Creator
Name me ahip-hop artist that can sample experimental Kraut-Synth music from the 80s and make it slap as hard as this does. Tyler does more than create, he transcends and this song is no exception. If Tyler was a rule machine he would be thoroughly bent out of shape.
Number 8 – ‘Uncle Remus’ by Frank Zappa
Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. Like the strongest of traditions this song makes you want to slap the richest guy in the richest neighbourhood with a dueling glove so long it moonlights as a balaclava for a giraffe.
Number 9 – ‘Where’s the Catch?’ by James Blake and Andre’ 3000
Two of the best doing what they do. Complexity and nuance delivered to you in such a digestible format that you forgot the need for simple nutrients and all that you crave now is the ingenious weaving of sound waves, space and time. Life becomes but a distant memory, James and Andre’ pull you on a chariot through the mysteries of the universe.
Number 10 – ‘Thinking of a Place’ (Live) – The War on Drugs
If there’s anything these guys hate more than drugs it’s writing a shit song. At the risk of receiving some illegible hate mail from a Bruce Springsteen fan, these guys sound a bit like they took whatever dishwater beer Bruce was drinking, turned it into the most delicious Michelada you’ve ever had and drank it. I picked the live version because it has saxophone in it.