"It was a decade in which we saw our leaders squander the peace and prosperity of the previous decade. We watched as they sold us into an endless war, stomped civil liberties and trashed the economy, all while the icebergs kept melting and the seas kept rising. It was a decade of lost chances, which we can only hope are not last chances. The ’00s really began on December 12th, 2000, the day the Supreme Court blocked Florida from recounting ballots and anointed George W. Bush. Other bad days were to follow — most famously 9/11. But we never recovered from 12/12, spent the rest of the decade trying to forget it and mostly succeeded. Before you knew it, we were at the airport, waiting in line to take off our shoes. Why? Who knew? We just were. Yet music offered shelter from the storm, even if it was just for one three-minute song at a time."
2. Bat for Lashes: "Daniel"
And when the fires cameThe smell of cinders and rainPerfumed almost everythingWe laughed and laughed and laughed...And as my heart ran roundMy dreams pulled me from the groundForever to search for the flameFor home againFor home again
Khan's powerful pipes, easily fluctuating from deep, Cat Power-esque molasses to soaring soprano heights, easily make her my stand-in when going through Kate Bush withdrawals. "Daniel" really seems to highlight the great leap Khan took from her first album Fur and Gold, whose primary ambient device simply consisted of cold, dark keyboard arrangements that seemed to come straight out of a Dario Argento horror flick.
"We were all experiencing a feeling of stupidity and fragmentation, feeling disjointed in some way and especially fuzzed out by technology and staring at screens. Musically, I was looking for authenticity in my life and I guess that quest spilled over into the actual process of recording it. It made sense to me that we recorded [the album] in a way that was simpatico with the whole concept of the music."
The leafless tree looked like a brainThe birds within were all the thoughts and desires within meHoppin' around from branch to branch, or snug in their nests listenin' inAn eagle came down over the horizon and shook the branches with its sightThe softer thoughts: starlings, finches and wrensThe softer thoughts, they all took flight...Sweet desire and soft thoughts, return to meSweet desire and soft thoughts, return to me
8. Fever Ray: "Seven"
9. Taken By Trees: "Watch The Waves"
Suburban dogs get afraid when it rainsSuburban dogs bark at slow moving trainsThey'll run from your house and come back the same daySuburban dogs are in love with their chains