Three tracks that defined my year in 2016 (I’m late again this year):
David Bowie, “Lazarus”
A brilliant swan song. “This way or no way / You know I’ll be free / Just like that bluebird / Now, ain’t that just like me?”
Radiohead, “Present Tense”
Another year, another breakup. It’s difficult to pick just one song from A Moon Shaped Pool. I wrote back when In Rainbows was released that I couldn’t think of another band which, ten years after its acknowledged masterpiece (OK Computer), came out with something arguably comparable. Well, here we are another nine years later and they’ve done it again. “This dance is like a weapon of self-defence against the present tense.”
I struggled to choose a third song for 2016. But this one struck me initially and powerfully in concert.