HAPPY PARTICLES: beyond comparison

By S.J. Purcell. May 5, 2012


There are too many comparisons within contemporary music writing. At best, it’s poor writing. At worst, it diminishes the artistic merits of the artist or work which is being described: ‘it sounds like [insert band/artist name] fronting [insert band/artist name]’; ‘it sounds like [insert band/artist name] covering [insert band/artist] at a [insert outlandish situation/event]’; ‘like a [insert adjective] [insert band/artist name]’.

This is why bands and artists that defy simple comparison are so important: they force listeners to examine them on their own merits, and not via lazy likening. These are the bands and artists whose work is often the most vital; the albums or songs that you return to time and time again, trying to articulate just what it is –exactly– that you like about them, the albums that reward repeat listens. And, of course, these are often the albums and songs you enjoy the most.

Happy Particles are such a band, and they have created such an album with Under Sleeping Waves. The album has recently –and deservedly– been nominated for the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) award and to celebrate, we asked the band's Steven Kane to create a playlist for us.

Listen. Enjoy.


Beyond comparison
by Steven Kane (Happy Particles)

Winged Victory For The Sullen - Steep Hills Of Vicodin Tears*
Codeine - Ides*

Happy Particles - Come Home All Dead Ones
Eluvium - Indoor Swimming At The Space Station
Eluvium - Seeing You Off The Edges
Arvo Pärt - Spiegel im spiegel
Brian McBride - Toil Theme Part 3
Red House Painters - Moments
Happy Particles - Classes in Silence (For Jess)
Harold Bud - Somos Tres*


Listen to the list here.


* Songs from the list that we couldn't find on Spotify.

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