Formed in 2007 by David Cantan and Jack Quilligan, The Dying Seconds have since expanded to a sextet and picked up fans in Mary Anne Hobbs and The National’s Aaron Dessner along the way.
The band released their debut single, the beautiful ‘Mora Minn’, last year, and this week their debut album, ‘Glimmerers’, goes on sale. In the vein of ‘Mora Minn’, the album features ten fragile, intricately constructed songs prone to be jostled and kicked into euphoria by rushes of percussion.
We asked the band to put together a playlist for us, which they did in true democratic fashion. Handing over their choices, multi-instrumentalist Mark Rooney told us: “It’s always hard to make these playlists as there are six members of the band and we have a wide variety of musical tastes. But it’s probably fair to say that these songs represent the common ground, musically”.
THE DYING SECONDS’ TEN
Click here to listen to The Dying Seconds’ playlist in Spotify, or here to listen to it via We7, and then read on to find out more about their choices.
01 PVT – Crimson Swan
Nice electronics and the vocals have a feel of Gregorian chant to them. And the final section of the song feels uplifting and sinister at the same time.
02 Moderat – Seamonkey
This song is from the album that Apparat and Modeselektor collaborated on. It has some amazing tunes on it, but ‘Seamonkey’ is the one I regularly seem to come back to. Their production is always immaculate.
03 The Middle East – Blood
A beautiful song with an extremely infectious hook.
04 Panda Bear – Comfy In Nautica
A very minimal song but so effective. It’s all about the strength of the vocal melody and the harmonies.
05 Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up (Extended Version)
We only discovered the extended version of this recently. Five extra minutes of joyful improvisation – pretty incredible.
06 Kate Bush – Cloudbusting
We wanted to include a song from ‘Hounds Of Love’, as it’s one of our favourite albums. After much deliberation we agreed on ‘Cloudbusting’.
07 Efterklang – Mirador
This has a lovely off kilter charm. Glitchy electronics mixed with woodwinds brass and strings.
08 S Carey – In The Dirt
This guy plays with Bon Iver but his own music is really interesting. A nice blend of natural and synthetic sounds.
09 Múm – Green Green Grass Of Tunnel
This is just really really pretty.
10 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Mama Won’t You Keep Them Castles In The Air And Burning?
Clap Your Hands have their own unique style, blending pop with experimentalism, which is hard to pull off effectively. This song does it extremely well.