Tracks of 2015: #10 ‘My Amsterdam’ (Then Thickens)


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Groggy, woozy, attacking, grungy. That’s my dating profile bio *and* a few words which spring to mind when thinking about Then Thickens.

Chorley’s down and dirty rock band Then Thickens just keep on producing gloriously sludgy music, thick with both melody and menace. “My Amsterdam” has its drug themed lyric and a spaced-out druggy guitars chasing one last punch before its closing wig-out reminds you that this is no ordinary ride. Songs don’t have to finish like this one does, but be not mistaken, this is bloody does with all hell raised.

I included Then Thickens on a previous end-of-year rundown for similar reasons to this: words like “honest” and “authentic” mean little in music reviewing because they have always had the whiff of obviousness about them. However it may be measured, “My Amsterdam” has the honesty of people’s poetry about it, and I would wager Then Thickens would appear next year if they wish to keep up sounding this good.

Tracks of 2015 (Index)

Yes, it’s back.

*blows cobwebs off blog, has asthma attack*

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.

  1. Grimes, “REALiTI”
  2. Richard Lomax, “Hôtel X”
  3. Sia, “Alive”
    4. Gwenno, “Patriarchaeth”
    5. Holly Herndon, “Interference”
    6. Florence and The Machine, “Ship to Wreck”
    7. Teleman, “Strange Combinations”
    8. George Fitzgerald ft Boxed In, “Full Circle”

9. Taylor Swift, “Style”
10. Then Thickens, “My Amsterdam”
11. Death Cab For Cutie, “The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive”
12. Nick Jonas, “Jealous

13. Björk, “Stonemilker”
14. Loïc Nottet, “Rhythm Inside”

15. Polypores, “The Sleep Department Advise You NOT to Leave the House”
16. Everything Everything, “Spring/Sun/Winter/Dread”
17. Girl Friend, “Poison”
18. Slug, “Cockeyed Rabbit Wrapped in Plastic”
19. New Order, “Plastic”
20. The Slow Readers Club, “I Saw a Ghost”

21. Giorgio Moroder ft Britney Spears, “Tom’s Diner”
22. John Grant ft Tracy Grant, “Disappointing”
23. Twin Hidden, “A Berry Bursts”

24. Daphne and Celeste, “You & I Alone”