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Persephone supervising Sisyphus in the Underworld

Work, a house, a garden and the attractions of a great European city mean that as far as music is concerned I’m forever playing catch-up. My Sisyphean list of bands and records to be checked out stretches back at least three years and shows no sign of shortening.

Such is the backlog that even by restricting myself to music released since the start of last year, I generally post tracks that first saw the light of day several months ago. In that vein, let’s start with a release from July, Safranin Sounds, a collection of early material by Ceremony, the usual mix of classy references and toe-tapping, radio-friendly shoegaze. Well the references, at least.

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Sometimes it snows in April…

…is my favourite Prince song, just edging out Sign o’ the Times in the battle of the only two Prince songs I really like. It’s also a metaphor for the arrival of heart gladdening tracks that first graced iTunes with their presence in April 2011.

I know little about any of these bands, though Vivian Girls have received quite a lot of attention on one or two blogs. What I do know is that these were nice tunes that beckoned the longer, warmer days ahead. And they’re all candidates for 2011’s song-from-each-year-of-my-life.

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