Back for the third day it’s Old Dog New Hits! Todays post contains some Olafur Arnalds and the brilliant Reuben.
Olafur Arnalds is a composer I really admire. He manages to capture landscapes and emotions through the (seemingly) simplest of means. Although his songs are not overly complex they seep with expansive timbres and varied patterns and motifs. The lead single of his new album, Sudden Throw, captures his essence totally. A long, building piano lead, with sliding strings fading in an out. Strings upon strings begin, ever so gradually, and then the release. The rush of euphoria breaks, and the listener’s soul is stood naked, with no strings to comfort it.
So for the Old Hit I’ve gone for a band who have a crazily hardcore cult following, Reuben. I went to a festival back in 2007 which they were booked to headline, but they split up a few months beforehand. It was a pretty cheap festival and many people just bought tickets to see Reuben, but instead of selling their tickets they set up Camp Reuben, where they stayed for the whole festival singing Reuben songs and generally getting smashed. Frank Turner even came along and did a few Million Dead covers. As far as I know Camp Reuben still happens every year. Freddy Kreuger and many other of their songs show why they have such a following. The lyricism, the melodies and the combination of aggression and humour are all balanced perfectly, they’re outrageously catchy as well as brilliantly written songs.