What’s On Michael Portillo’s iPod – End of Year: False Advertising

Here at Birthday Cake For Breakfast, we like to get to the heart of what an artist is all about. We feel the music they listen to is just as important as the music they make.

In 2019 we’ve had all sorts talk to us about inspirations, including the likes of International Teachers Of Pop, Working Men’s Club, WARMDUSCHER and Die! Die! Die!

With the year coming to a close, we’ve decided to turn it on its head a bit and ask some of our favourite artists what releases from this year they’ve been raving about. With that in mind, we’re chuffed to have Jen of Manchester’s False Advertising talk us through their favourite releases from the past 12 months.

(Photo Credit: Derek Bremner)

Bon Iver – Salem’
(i,i – Jagjaguwar)

I remember listening to this album loads in the summer and immediately loving tracks like ‘Faith‘ and ‘Hey Ma’, but then after a few listens ‘Salem’ really grew on me. It’s like the most uplifting sounding song ever but the lyrics seem to get to this horrible rationalisation that humanity is ruined and he’s given up on it. It’s both heartbreaking and awesome.”

Employed to Serve – Force Fed
(Eternal Forward Motion Spinefarm Records)

“‘Eternal Forward Motion‘ by Employed to Serve (which this track is from), seeing Loathe and Conjurer at 2000 Trees, and some of the tracks from Slipknot’s new album totally got me back into listening to lots of metal this year after years of not listening to very much. Finally seeing Employed To Serve live at Glastonbury a few months ago was insane, they are so impressive live it’s ridiculous.”

Great Grandpa – Digger’
(Four of Arrows – Big Scary Monsters)

Musically this track is somehow epic, mellow and sad and happy at the same time. I originally started listening to this band when they released an EP in 2016 which reminded me in good ways of early Speedy Ortiz, it was kinda Pavement-y and chaotic and had sick guitar tone. It’s really cool that they’ve evolved into making an album which has such an expansive vibe. ‘Digger’ seems to be somewhat about obsessive-compulsiveness, which I can certainly relate to, it’s felt nourishing when listening to it during a chaotic time.”

Pile – A Labyrinth with No Center’
(Green and Gray – Exploding in Sound Records)

Spotify says I listened to Pile’s new album more than any other this year, as a band they very much appeal to my love of all things guitarry, idiosyncratic, fuzzy and loud. The lyrics and music meander in a really pleasing way, and it sums up the sort of feeling of being stuck and frustrated.”

Better Oblivion Community Center – Exception to the Rule’
(Better Oblivion Community CenterDead Oceans)

This song is like the perfect storm for me, my favourite Bright Eyes album is ‘Digital Ash in a Digital Urn’, and I love Bright Eyes… then also I’d more recently gotten into some of Phoebe Bridgers’ more upbeat songs. So Conor Oberst and Bridgers coming together and forming a band was pretty much guaranteed to be right up my street, but I never expected them to go down a more electronic route with anything, so this song was the most awesome surprise. I’m also well into the creepy cult-vibes in all their art direction and they put on a great live show when they toured this too.”

Brainfreeze – the wunderbar new album from False Advertising – is out now through Alcopop!

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