The NBTMusicRadio’s Top 400 Albums of 2020 Part 2: 300-201

The NBTMusicRadio’s Top 400 Albums of 2020 Part 2: 300-201

As played on the NBTMusicRadio

300 Scarecrow – Scarecrow

299 Vivillain – Failures Fortune

298 Xeresa – Covers For Quarantine

297 fleshwater – Demo2020

296 Electric Hydra – Electric Hydra

295 U.S. Girls – Heavy Light

294 The smallest Creature – Magic Beans

293 Wood River – More Than I Can See

292 Rasmus Blomqvist – Columbia Road

291 Slim Loris – When Life Interferes

290 Flower Church – Nocturne

289 Slow Pulp – Moveys

288 BigLittleLions – Are We There Yet?

287 Jeads – Under The Veneer

286 Patrick Ames – Liveness

285 PVA – Toner

284 Pam Risourié – Noctessa

283 The Orange Kyte – Carousal

282 Jónsi  – Shiver

281 GAKO – Voodoo child

280 2A at the Playground – Dream Hop on Acid/Under Viral Attack

279 teepee – Where The Ocean Breaks

278 Zoey Lily – Project Prologue

277 The Academy of Sun – The Quiet Earth

276 Brudini – From Darkness, Light

275 Kid Sublime – Straat Coach

274 Y.LOH – Nocturna

273 POLIÇA – When We Stay Alive

272 Cults – Host

271 Say Hi – Diamonds and Donuts

270 Box Anima – Niepokoj

269 Catholic Action – Celebrated By Strangers

268 Michael Ward with Dogs And Fishes- Blind Spot

267 Frances Quinlan – Likewise

266 400 Bears – 400 Bears

265 Wendy Moten – I’ve Got You Covered

264 The Agency – In The Haunted Woods

263 The Backlash – Passing By

262 Y!kes – Massive

261 of1000faces – Astronomica

260 Unruly Girls – Epidemic

259 The Roogs – The Roogs

258 Various Artists – Quarantunes

257 Slomosa – Slomosa

256 Starry Skies – Ask The Animals

255 TREMENDOUS – Relentless

254 Various Artists – Women Of Doom

253 Romano Nervoso – The Return Of The Rocking Dead

252 Joshua James, Reesa James – Dreams Of Karen

251 Anton Barbeau – Manbird

250 Die Noia Futuriszka – Viento

249 Hanging Valleys – Behind the Backs of Houses

248 Disco Rigido – Elevation

247 Darío Martínez – Feel ing

246 The New Division – Hidden Memories

245 Wolfhounds – Electric Music

244 The Opium Cartel – Valor

243 Drew James – Beside Myself

242 Matty Tyack – The Hard Way

241 Barbara Bergin – Blood Red Moon

240 Meadow Creek – Pieces Of Driftwood

239 Songhoy Blues – Optimisme

238 The Spiritual Leaders – Albania Away

237 The Sea at Midnight – The Sea at Midnight

236 Maya Maya – Cutting Teeth

235 Charlotte Hatherley and T.J. Allen – Traveller

234 Pintandwefall – Your Stories Baby

233 The Thank Yous – Good Time Killing Us

232 Derrero – Time Lapse

231 Gone From My Sight – Twenty Twenty

230 The Prom – I’ll Send You The Stars

229 Ric Gordon – Headlights On The Horizon

228 The Grey Merchant – The Claude Glass

227 Monday – Room For All

226 Best Coast – Always Tomorrow

225 Fionn – Everyone’s a Critic

224 Snarls – Burst

223 The Just Joans – The Private Memoirs And Confessions Of The Just Joans

222 Nelson Can – So Long Desire

221 Gladie – Safe Sins

220 HMS Morris – Pastille EP

219 Sick Le Lapin – Oddsoundscapes

218 Whyte Horses – Hard Times

217 The Metal Byrds – Life In 20

216 Phil Cooper – These Revelation Games

215 Eric Davis – 365

214 Pia Fraus – Empty Parks

213 Cut Copy – Freeze, Melt

212 Funeral Lakes – Golden Season

211 Christine and the Queens – La vita nuova

210 Ciberpajé – Covid 666

209 Various Artists – Marks-Of-Provenance-iii

208 Tarah Who – 64 Women

207 Paper Fishes – Instant Happiness

206 Cassette Spence – SixSix

205 Melorman – For The Sun

204 Various Artists -Spooker Sampler 3

203 Mohamed Assani – Wayfinder

202 Montano – A Distant Light

201 Yobrebus – Mycelium Days

The NBTMusicRadio’s Top 400 Albums of 2020 Part 1: 400-301

The NBTMusicRadio’s Top 400 Albums of 2020 Part 1: 400-301

As played on the NBTMusicRadio

400 The Flaming Lips – American Head

399 Martin Bisi – Solstice

398 Sufjan Stevens, Lowell Brams – Aporia

397 Rod Best – Fascination

396 Gashunters – In Search Of Genius

395 Jack Blake – Decked In Blue

394 Eric H. F. Law – Better Angels

393 Soricah – Let The Fire Burn Free

392 John Stephen Frank – The John Stephen Frank Album

391 Leif de Leeuw Band – Where We’re Heading

390 Byebyefish – De Pénombres en Lumières

389 Papa Satch – Rebound

388 Mechanimal – Crux

387 Dispel – Lore

386 OTTOKRAFT – Down The Hole

385 The Subtheory – Impact

384 Alienbaby Collective – ‘FISHBOWL / TERRESTRIAL

383 Andrew Weatherall – Unknown Plunderer / End Times Sound

382 Graham Domain – Waking World

381 Mayflower Madame – Prepared For A Nightmare

380 Loud Apartment – System Breakdown

379 Kidbug – Kidbug

378 Keznamdi – Bloodline

377 Babybird – King Of Nothing

376 Mother Yeti – My Best Please

375 Diarchy – Splitfire

374 Odd Palace – One Step Closer

373 Hazel English – Wake UP!

372 Felixity – Love Sick

371 Sylvan Esso – Free Love

370 CSE Art Project – See Me!!!

369 The Petal Falls – All These Years

368 Pilotcan – No More Shan Goocbyes

367 Friksjon – Friksjon EP

366 KACIMI – Gyrophare

365 Kele Fleming – The Song I’ll Write For My Whole Life

364 Darman – Necessità Interiore

363 Metaspion – Cryptomeduza

362 The Hazy Seas – The Hazy Seas

361 SofaTramp – Wax On

360 Lavid – I Just Want To Love

359 DEF NEON – War Beats

358 Doghouse Roses – We Are Made Of Light

357 New Ghost – The Future Is Dead

356 Moaning – Uneasy Laughter

355 Monolithe Noir – Moira

354 Josh Werner – Mode For Titan

353 HALLOWS – Subtle

352 Neverman – It’s Not A Prison, It’s a Prism

351 Sudler’s Row – Frantic Empire

350 Omaloma – Swish

349 Davey Woodward & The Winter Orphans – Love And Optimism

348 Tom Hartney – Luft | Air

347 Ma Polaine’s Great Decline – City Of Love

346 Wye Oak, Brooklyn Youth Chorus – No Horizon

345 Flor and the Sea – Kings & Queens

344 Basic Television – One

343 Colonel Red & Inkswel – Benjiman’s Ghost Vol 1

342 Eliza Shaddad – Sept~Dec

341 Joel Plaskett – 44

340 Grant Peeples – Bad Wife

339 Jaron Reid Ravensky – I Can’t Take The Darkness Anymore

338 Westwego – Bittersweet Moods

337 Simen Lyngroth – Looking for the Spark Like It’s Just Around the Corner

336 Vundabar – Either Light

335 Jonny Polonsky – Kingdom Of Sleep

334 Belau – Colourwave

333 Spotlights – We Are All Atomic

332 Soko – Feel Feelings

331 Dombrance – AMLO

330 Angel Forrest – Hell Bent with Grace

329 Joy Mills Band – Echolocator

328 Richard’s Orchestra – Nothing Nothing

327 John Cee Stannard – Folk Roots Revisited

326 Deborah Crooks – Department Of The West

325 King Krule – Man Alive

324 Bones Muhroni – Triquetrum

323 Boston Manor – Glue

322 Pagan Interface – Psychic Feedback & The Crystal Void

321 Nel Unlit – Wake For The Dreaming

320 BT – The Lost Art of Longing

319 Ela Minus – Acts Of Rebellion

318 Shishi – Mafitisei

317 Soft Set – Love and Dancing

316 Phil Madeley – 21st Century Witch Hunt

315 Relish – Dislocated Bones

314 Deleo – Unfair

313 Los Radiadores – Bailes de verano

312 Wily Bo Walker and Danny Flam –  Ain’t No Man A Good Man

311 SonsOfMark – Full Speed Ahead

310 Matthew Frederick – Fragments

309 teenage dreamstar – (2020) A Short Record

308 Destijl – Greatest Hits Vol 2

307 Watch Clark – Backscatter Effect

306 Jamie Isaac – 3 (with. NOSAJ THING)

305 Bobby Rausch – Soap

304 Jealous Of The Birds – Peninsula

303 Tom Houston – Gap In The Fence

302 Fleet Foxes – Shore

301 Various Artists – V Is For Vision

The NBTMusicRadio’s Top 400 Songs of 2020 Part 4: 159 – 101

The NBTMusicRadio’s Top 400 Songs of 2020 Part 4: 159 – 101

As heard all year on the NBTMusicRadio

159 HMS Morris – Babanod

158 Landshapes – The Ring

157 Helena Deland – Truth Nugget

156 Kevin Nolan – The Reception Of An English Play In Paris

155 Shirley Collins – Locked In Ice

154 Steven Adams and The French Drops – Going to Everglades

153 Bartees Strange – Stone Meadows

152 Hat Check Girl – Earl Had The Nightshift

151 Wye Oak, Brooklyn Youth Chorus – AEIOU

150 Tiny Fighter – Perfect Game

149 Empress Of – Void

148 Jónsi  – Salt Licorice (with Robyn)

147 Ghostlawns – Breaking Out

146 Carla dal Forno – No Trace

145 Track Dogs – Love and War

144 Lord Buffalo – Tohu Wa Bohu

143 The Icebergs – Willa

142 Sleepy Gonzales – Slow Apocalypse

141 The Alien Cormorant & Gold Massi – Opaque

140 Jelly Cleaver featuring Shunaji and Maddy Coombs  – Feeling Fine

139 Kacy Hill – To Someone Else

138 EsRAP – Sabaha

137 Caribou – Never Come Back

136 Christine and the Queens – People, I’ve Been Sad

135 Novanta – Outside noise

134 The Notwist with. Saya – Ship

133 Inhaler Collective – Let The Rain Fall

132 Ghostpoet – I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep

131 Caitlin Pasko – Horrible Person

130 Lynne Hanson – Hemingway’s Songbird

129 Scarlett Graham – Fremantle

128 Coco O’Connor – White Horse

127 Bill Callahan – 35

126 Lara Taubmann – Revelation

125 Tara Nome Doyle – Mercury

124 Just Mustard – October

123 Sufjan Stevens – Video Game

122 Dua Saleh – hellbound

121 Benjamin Adair Murphy – Your Gun

120 Klumbsy Oxx – Born To Die

119 Arca – Mequetrefe

118 The William Loveday Intention – My Love For You

117 Josh Johnson – Simple Song

116 Lekan Tella – Emptiness

115 Curious Hour – She Lies

114 Me & the Monster – My House

113 The Fiery Furnaces – Down at the So and So on Somewhere

112 Furious Seasons – Burn Clean

111 Banoffee – Count on You

110 Delfe Pilgrim – Everything is Just Fine

109 KasbaH – Divane

108 Parker Gray – A Younger Man’s Hands

107 Benedict – Warzone

106 Rorie – Drift

105 Delia Meshlir – Ice grip

104 Merry Ellen Kirk x VANYO – Unravelling

103 Phoebe Bridgers – I Know The End

102 The Gothic Cowboy (aka Melvin Litton) and Mando Dan – Border Blues

101 Cursed Arrows – Haunted

The NBTMusicRadio’s Top Songs of 2020 Part 3: 239 – 160

The NBTMusicRadio’s Top Songs of 2020 Part 3: 239 – 160

As heard all year on the NBTMusicRadio

239 Phil Cooper – House of Mirrors

238 Kaouenn – Immaterial Jungle

237 SoKo – Being Sad Is Not a Crime

236 Neverman – E=MCk

235 Birgitta Alida – Glory

234 Mura Masa – Today (ft. Tirzah)

233 Varsity – The Memphis Group

232 Disco Rigido – bulldog

231 Will Butler – Surrender

230 Komfortrauschen – Nemo

229 Montano – A Distant Light

228 The Grey Merchant – Blood Book

227 Wolfhounds – Can’t See The Light

226 Pat Dennis – Circle the Wagons

225 Jelly Crystal – Get Well Soon

224 verydeadly – Conversations Lack

223 subcult – Suffocating

222 Half Waif – Siren

221 Amanda Easton – I Saw the Message

220 Brother Spellbinder – Ice Castles

219 The Know – 143

218 Amaara – Gone

217 Georgia – About Work the Dancefloor

216 Tropico Don-  Linda McCartney Burgers

215 SONI ft Izzy Austin – Savage

214 Spikey Tee – Rise feat. Mark Pritchard

213 Whyte Horses – Mister Natural (feat. La Roux)

212 POLIÇA – TATA

211 Nikavo – No TV

210 Jolly Goods – The Misanthrope Years

209 The Sea at Midnight – Medicine

208 CocoRosie – Smash My Head

207 Silicon Estate – Gutter (ft. Makk Mikkael)

206 Cami Petyn – Static

205 King Krule – Cellular

204 Hurtsfall – Revelator

203 Crywolf – Unchained Melody ft Roniit

202 Anton Barbeau – Manbird

201 EsRAP – Yalla Habibi

200 Ellena Storey – Stereotype

199 Jaguar Jonze – Diamonds & Liquid Gold

198 I Am a Rocketship – Resolve

197 Squirrel Flower – Slapback

196 Paper Fishes – Orange Paint

195 The Juniper Berries – Give Up Yr Ghosts

194 The Architect – Jacqueline

193 teenage dreamstar – you’re around me

192 Flower Church – Nil

191 Petter Carlsen – I Love The Way You See The World

190 Phil Circle – I See Hope

189 The Smallest Creature – October Song

188 The Backlash – My Wrong

187 The Room in The Wood – Charmed

186 Holly Humberstone – Falling Asleep At The Wheel

185 Caveboy – Silk for Gold

184 Last Victorian Death Squad – Badside

183 Q-bizm – Black Truck

182 Bombnivores – iSO

181 The Academy of Sun – The Parts That Need Replacing

180 Delicate Place – Full Steam Ahead

179 Angel Olsen – Waving, Smiling

178 Dan Tuffy – Honey Flow

177) Ghostbaby – I Went to a Velvet Underground Show in 1969

176  Monolithe Noir feat. Peter Broderick – By Twos

175 2Square /Mark Gardener – Chained

174 Jazztown x DJ Ülv – Alle Banger Keine Clanger (Beat Mix

173 Arrom x KAIAR – Breathe

172 Joan Torres’s All Is Fused – Finale ft Bubby Lewis

171 #Bloomerangs – Mind Your F

170 MAGUIRE – Wrestling

169 Proud Creature – Pines

168 vōx – Be Bigger

167 Joy Mills Band – Echolocator

166 Johnny Goth – The Better Place

165 Pia Fraus – Nice and Clever

164 Pintandwefall – Let Me In

163 Madge – Headshot

162 Aphir – Give You One ft Sandy Hsu

161 Angelica Garcia – Guadalupe

160 En Attendant Ana – Do You Understand

The NBTMusicRadio’s Top 400 Songs of 2020 Part 2: 319 – 240

The NBTMusicRadio’s Top 400 Songs of 2020 Part 2: 319 – 240

As heard all year on the NBTMusicRadio

319 Bethany Ferrie – Stayed

318 The ICON Projects – Days

317 Monday – i’m sleepy

316 Joshua Speers – Manic. Magic. Messed Up

315 Secret Treehouse – Ice Turns To Ash

314 Dirty Projectors – Now I Know

313 Jeads – Deception Pass

312 Best Coast – Different Light

311 Moaning – Ego

310 BigLittleLions – It’s Amazing

309 The Metal Byrds – Life In 20

308 Jealous of the Birds – Something Holy

307 Athens Tango Project – Oblivion

306 Echo Of The Low Light – Fault Lines

305 Postcards – Lights Out

304 Diarchy – Gone Too Late

303 Destroyer of Light – Lullaby

302 Lavid – Stille

301 Matthew Frederick – Laura Jones

300 Jay Miners – Real Love

299 Deborah Crooks – River Stones

298 Barbara Bergin – She Danced With The Young Prince of Wales

297 Brudini – Pale Gold

296 GEA – Despite

295 Become The Sky – When You’re Near

294  The Melanias aka Mark Ripp – Paul & Mitch

293 PVA – Divine Intervention [Gum & Ginoli Remix]

292 Tracks Haven – Can I Have A Moment

291 Black Needle Noise – Losing My Religion ft Rebecca Coseboom

290 5 R V L N 5 – Flesh (David Bottrill mix)

289 Snarls – Walk in the Woods

288 Nelson Can – Madness

287 The Agency – Affluent

286 Grandeur – Not Of Your Waking World

285 James Blake – Are You Even Real

284 Planetself – Leylines

283 Thundercat feat. Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington, Childish Gambino – Black Qualls

282 Union of Knives feat Helen Marnie – A Tall Tale (Jonny Scott remix)

281 From Venus – Unconditional

280 Vundabar – Burned Off

279 PXPRS – Coup de grace

278 Telquist – Fun

277 The Just Joans – When Nietzsche Calls

276 ROME – KALI YUGA ÜBER ALLES

275 The New Division – Clear

274 Slomosa – There Is Nothing New Under The Sun

273 Unruly Girls – She Grew Up In A Shotgun Row

272 Aimee Steven – Hell Is A Teenage Girl

271 Sera – Rabbit Hole

270 Songhoy Blues – Fey Fey

269 Toth – Juliette

268 Screens 4 Eyes – Sometimes a Gate Is Opened

267 Amanda Palmer, Rhiannon Giddens – It’s a Fire

266 fanclubwallet – Bike Song

265 Oklou – Fall

264 Red Mecca – Atlantic

263 Shishi – Mafitisei

262 Sam Valdez – Toothache

261 Beatrice Dillon – Workaround One

260 Ellis in Transit – Hands Up

259 Les Manteez – Busy Fiction Makers

258 The Thank Yous – These things happen

257 Mailbox Destroyers – You’ve Done Me Justice

256 Ivan Moult – What More Could I Say

255 Drew James – Beside Myself

254 Baneful Town – Twenty Five

253 Katie Gately – Waltz

252 Jadu Heart – Another Life

251 The Opium Cartel – The Curfew Bell

250 VAST ASTEROID – Champagne Ambassadors

249 Pumarosa – Devastation

248 Say Hi – Non-Linear Time vs. Misshapen Space

247 Faithful Johannes – Dust

246 Ric Gordon – Y’all Stay Home

245 The Roogs – Wildebeest

244 Tennis – Swimmer

243 Derrero – Lecture Tour

242 Cassette Spence – R.I.P. The Glove

241 Cults – Trials

240 Kate NV – Plans

And So We Begin

And So We Begin

Greetings curious listeners and fellow fans of the NBTMusicRadio stations.

Here be fragments, debates, dissections, and battles between the heart and the mind, as two lovable indie music geeks ponder a selected tune within an inch of its life.

Our choices may sometimes surprise you (take a gander at the 1st post for example) as we trip hectically from the Mainstream to the Alternative, from the very well known to the still obscure.

Usually this is the point in the blog, where I tell you a little about the writers, but in a typically contrary NBT way, I will rather leave you, gentle reader, to discover what you feel you need to know, from just their words and thoughts.

So.  Let’s dive in shall we  

Yellow – Coldplay

From Debut album “Parachutes” in 2000.

“Look at the stars/Look how they shine for you/And everything you do

Yeah they were all yellow.”

Sparky

I remember the very first time I heard this song. (My good friend) Andrew Kay and I used to go round to our manager’s house some evenings.  Paul Drosdzol – He was a news sub, but also a keen muso – ran a club in Randburg for a while, and always got the very latest UK releases before they came out in South Africa.  He loved this one especially, and so did we.  The fact that the most important thing in the song was that everything was YELLOW really appealed to our sense of humour.  And let’s face it; it’s a very catchy tune too!

MartinNBT

The track definitely takes you back to a ‘time and place’ which, for me has always been the mark of a creation that has that little something to it.  It is also, to be very honest, the only Coldplay track, with the notable exception of ‘the scientist’, that sticks in my mind at all.  For me, Coldplay has been a band that has been ‘just there’ pleasant, does no harm, not irritating, but also not inspiring.  So I have never understood why the band engenders such hate from one group and love and devotion from another.

Sparky

I probably have a slightly higher opinion of the band than you.  I can think of many of their tunes that have stuck in my mind, or that I have even hummed.  I can’t remember many song names right now, but maybe my younger self would have been better at that.  However, I do completely get your observation of this band being very much in the “Marmite” category with regard to public opinion.  However, when that song first came out at the turn of the Century, people wouldn’t have yet formed those opinions, so I guess it would have got a more honest reaction from everyone, and from my experience, that was generally good.  I remember when it made it on to the radio in South Africa, most people liked it, and I was hearing it all the time.  We always received a strong audience approval whenever we performed it live.  And it’s so easy to sing.  Audiences also tend to sing along to that “Look how they shine for you” bit.  It’s always great when your audience sings along with you.

MartinNBT

I didn’t know that you guys covered it!  What did you do ‘differently’ with regards to arrangement?  The song IS indeed, very well constructed and gets to the point quickly and concisely, something that too much pop music struggles with.  There is no excess fat.  However, I think, and indeed did think back then, (its twenty years old….just WOW) that this was the first time I started to notice that ‘nice’ was a huge selling point for what we loosely term indie music.  At the time there was not much interesting stuff going on musically for so called ‘alternative’ acts that were on major labels or in the charts, i.e. music that made it onto the same radio shows’ playlists, which our parents and workmates were listening to as well.  Of the top 100 selling tunes for that year, only sub standard REM and Oasis were placed.  Of the stuff that was doing reasonably well sales wise, (but still not getting played on mainstream platforms), there was a certain blandness pervading (ladies and gentlemen I offer up the Beta Band and Modest Mouse as proof) in fact, from that year only ‘At The Drive In’ had the sort of danger and excitement that would not grow old even many years later.  I am sure you could point out many examples though, of acts that I have missed.  And while it is indeed over harsh, and I will fully admit, absurdly unfair, to lay the blame on one track from the band, this is the tune, that for me, started a trend, or tradition, of record execs realizing they could pass off soft rock as something edgy or independent and thus doubling their audience.  Bands like Travis were taking notes!

Sparky

….and James Blunt was selling off his Army Surplus gear to buy a new guitar.  Our cover was as Andrew’s band, “The Party Dolls” and was basic rock standard: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals.  Perfect for Pubs.  As you said, that was 20 years ago, and everything in the industry has changed so much in that time, but your mention of song construction also makes me think of the video for the song.  Now, I only saw the video quite a long time after knowing the song quite well; but I remember it touching my heart quite deeply.  It seemed to be shot as a long single shot that started in the dark and gradually caught the morning light in real time as Chris Martin (with his cute little weather-beaten face) paced along the beach, singing to the camera.  I have since learned that the darkening of the light was done by some sort of telecine effect by James Frost and Alex Smith of “The Artists Company”, and was apparently inspired by the lighting effect at the beginning of “Jaws”.  I also read on Wikipedia that they shot it at double speed and then slowed it down to get that subtle slow motion effect.  Nonetheless, I remember finding the video extremely captivating at the time.

MartinNBT

That is really interesting info about the video, shows you that something that seems to be almost throw-away (dude walks on beach towards camera, sings too) if made with care, and a lot of thought and skill, will connect, in such a way that many will recall it much later.  It also seemed to start off a pop music trope;  we had Bittersweet Symphony, where Richard Ashcroft did it in a city with attitude and anger, The Temper Trap – Love Lost , where it was done by kids in the 50s running a ‘loneliness of the long distance runner’ race and LCD Soundsytem ‘All my Friends’ using tech, irony and face paint’.  All of which go to show what an excellent concept, and well executed at that, the Coldplay clip was.

Sparky

By the way, I thought I might just add in the vital statistics.  Released 26 June 2000 from the Coldplay debut album “Parachutes”.  Label: Parlaphone.  Writers:  Martin, Buckland, Berryman, Champion.  Produced by Ken Nelson and Coldplay.  Reached number 4 in the UK, Number 48 in USA and Number 1 in Iceland.

Sparky

As for what the song is really all about; well apparently Chris Martin said: “Yellow’ refers to the mood of the band.  Brightness and hope and devotion.”  And if anyone knows, I guess he should.  What do you think?

MartinNBT

Mark, I think, that you have argued the case for this track exceptionally well.  I don’t think you have made me like the song any more than I originally did, and that is, perhaps, because I have never really been emotionally invested in the tune or indeed in the group.  I think, that possibly you have made me ‘respect’ it a little more, which is a good take-away actually, because we tend to forget, even tunes we do not connect with, heck even tunes we actively dislike, are made and promoted with love, care and thought, and we should never dismiss them out of hand.  I also think that a band like Coldplay, got blander the more popular they became, and that sort of artistic risk aversion, is always troubling.  But those are thoughts for another twenty conversations down the line.