On the back of releasing their phenomenal new album, Health, we caught up with Tom and Ben from Alpha Male Tea Party to find out what songs give them goosebumps. Over to the boys…
Wild Beasts – End Come Too Soon
This is a beautiful song that capitulates in this almost dream like sequence. It’s the closing track on my favourite Wild Beasts album ‘Smother’ and it’s a wonderful end to a very intimate and exceptional album.
Jon Hopkins – Collider
I love a bit of electronic music and the album this is from, ‘Immunity’, is one of my favourite records from the last few years. This song has a really compelling future-dystopia vibe to it, the way it pulses and grows and has these massive moments of tension and release throughout. Amazing piece of writing. I’d also highly recommend watching the video that accompanied it’s release cos it’s ace.
Reuben – Boy
As Reuben songs go, this is rarely considered one of their best. In fact, I’ve seen people talk about this song as one of their worst. I guess it’s not a ‘typical’ Reuben song in that it’s not full of distorted guitars and screamy vocals but I love it nonetheless as it’s a song that helped me through a painful time in my life and that’s what musics for, right?
Everything Everything – The Peaks
Those of you that follow us more closely will probably have noticed that we are some-what Everything Everything fan boys, so much so that we agreed not to put an EE song in this list on the basis that it was starting to look a bit sycophantic. But then we decided to make the playlist about songs that give you goosebumps and I couldn’t not mention this. This song is, in my opinion, one of the most starkly beautiful pieces of music I’ve ever heard. It takes me places, man. It’s just incredible. There, take that.
Imogen Heap – Hide & Seek
I remember hearing this song at a friend’s funeral many years ago and thought it was the most beautiful and haunting pieces of music I’d ever heard. There’s so much space and yet so much harmonically that happens, it’s work of motherfucking art.
Elbow – Open Arms
A much less hipster choice but good lord does this song do things to me. I cry every time I hear it and I think it’s because it just a sonic hug. A massive hug when you’re sopping wet through and your life is crumbling. Bliss.
Tom Waits – Alice
That voice. Take me, Tom.
The Wannadies – You & Me Song
A far more uplifting affair this one. When me and my partner found out we were going to have a baby girl, we turned the radio on in the car and this started immediately. We laughed and thought it was fate.
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