No idea what this song truly means. Certainly no idea about the video (I had this track only on SoundCloud until approximately 30 seconds ago). You may not have much knowledge about this song either. Well listen, please. You’ll get it stuck in your head….instantly.
Insofar as it can be summarised “Strange Combinations” is an 80s/90s love-in stuffed to the brim with indie sensibilities, topped off with nodding to Hot Chip (at the very least). I’m not calling this song original because it’s not: what Teleman do have is the spirit of a hundred haunted houses and all present in almost a perfect three-minute pop slammer.
The folks at Speedy Wundergound, for it is they, sell out of their much loved new releases as fast as the records are pressed. It’s no surprise for something like this: simple and very effective pop, twisted as a telephone wire, all delivered with gusto. Sodding love it.
Back in 2013 I had an idea. You can see the Index for that idea here. Very pop-orientated. Very mainstream. I have pop sensibility and like a chorus strong enough to use as ballast, but really, I’m surprised by my choices coming across as more Radio 2 than 6Music. I would not choose the same list, nor put it in the same order now.
One year later is my 2014 Index . It is certainly less mainstream, maybe not organised quite how I would if doing it again (opening with Katy B, now there’s a misunderstanding about drawing in readers).
This year has seen my Spotify, SoundCloud, and ‘tucked in the back of the brain’ longlists growing by the week. Soon I will confirm the results of all that here – and as ever, the chosen 24 songs are presented in no particular order. In so many ways, this ain’t a chart.