Here’s a stone cold slab of seventies blues-rock’n’soul from Slowhand and the boys.
Each brooding, tentative and soulful verse leads into a climbing bridge underpinned by Duane Allman’s Southern fried slide geetar. Each rising bridge rushes onwards, higher and higher, peaking at the song’s glorious and uplifting chorus, Clapton and co spurring each other on through this hymn of unrequited love.
Raw, tight and hot – simply the sound of a band firing on all cylinders:
Lightships is the solo project of Gerard Love, the most sunshine and melody drenched member of Teenage Fanclub.
Muddy Rivers is taken from his debut solo album Electric Cable and breezes effervescently from the speakers; dreamily washing its echo-laden flutes, keys and chiming open-chords over the listener.
When I listen to this track, my mind can’t help but drift away to a Sofia Coppola-inspired landscape; all grainy sepia sunsets and seasides, warmth and tone; Love’s gentle delivery lilting like a lullaby, another one of his simplest and sweetest melodies.