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Five from Five (2001 - 2006)

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This is the third in an occasional series where I highlight five music acts that have inspired me within a five year period. They don't necessarily have to have been active in that space of time, it's more that I discovered them during those five years.

The last articles covered 2006 - 2011 and 2011 - 2016. This instalment goes a further five years back to 2001.

So, without further ado, here are five of those new artists that I found and enjoyed during that time.

Elbow

An excellent Mancunian band who were unknown when I bought their first album. In fact, I was filled with a type of jealous rage when they became famous and other people started liking them. Newborn is the highlight of their first album and this is a live version from 2015.

Boards of Canada

I was introduced to this band by someone I dated back in 2001. This Scottish duo create wonderful electronic soundscapes scattered with samples, beats and great chords. Aquarius summarises their sound perfectly.

British Sea Power

If you enjoy indie post-punk mixed with melodic sensibilities and English military references, this would be the band for you. Plying their time writing in the Sussex countryside whilst cracking open a cask ale, these guys write consistently solid music. Remember Me is a case in point.

Nick Drake

About 30 years after the death of this great and enigmatic song-smith, I finally discovered his wonderful, simple music. Mostly arranged with just guitar and vocal, sumptuous strings are added to The River Man to levitate his songwriting to another dimension.

Doves

Going full circle, this English band are great friends of the aforementioned Elbow although this band's pallet is slightly heavier. The songs ache with a melancholia reflected in their working class background but they can soar into the sublime. Like Snowden.


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