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#65bangsofstatic – Paul Ford

Unsure about what your 10 picks for #65bangsofstatic should be? No worries, I’ve called in some experts.

I was only going to include people who have worked with the band in some capacity in this series, but as I get more and more top 10s from 65kids with some wonderful explanations, I decided to open it up to them as well. This is, after all, a place by 65kids for 65kids.

Today’s 65kid is Paul Ford. He’s a sound designer, working mainly with museums and galleries on audio tour projects. He came across 65 rather later than most. In 2017, he read about the band produing the soundtrack for No Man’s Sky, and he was really interested in their process. He decided to check out some of their earlier work, only to discover he had 5 albums and 12 years of catching up to do.

About6 months later, 65 played a show in his hometown, and with that, he’s been a huge fan ever since. He was lucky enough to catch them at Meltdown the following summer, and it was one of the best gigs he’d ever been to, made all the more special by it being his son’s first ever gig (his son was only 10, and absolutely loved it!).

10. Heliosphere

There’s so much I love about the NMS album, but for me it boils down to moments. Like the moment at the end of Heliosphere when I imagine I’m watching the sun come up over the Earth from the window of the ISS. You know exactly which moment I mean!

9. PX3

This is far and away my favourite non-album song, so merited inclusion just on those grounds, even if it wasn’t as uplifting a piece of music as I’ve ever heard.

8. Asimov

A classic of drama from a band whose back catalogue is full of it. I struggle to think of a song which explodes with such force by them or anyone else. And then there’s it’s place in the game…another wonderful moment in an album full of them.

7. Come To Me

The only singer who is really capable of improving on a 65 track, Robert Smith’s distorted, glitch fest of a vocal performance makes perfect sense, and this just makes me want to dance.

6. Tiger Girl

Speaking of dancing – only one word sums up Tiger Girl: BANG. Here, the climb is everything. And what a climb.

5. Retreat! Retreat!

It wasn’t the fantastic opening sample, it wasn’t the HUGE guitars, it wasn’t even Joe yelling “This band is unstoppable!” from the stage when I saw them live for the first time in Colchester. It was, weirdly, the first time I listened to this song in the car. The bassline just hit me in the heart and has stayed there ever since.

4. Unmake The Wild Light

This was a real grower. I nearly jumped out of my skin the first time I heard THAT drum and bass fill, but what got me was just tuning into the 7/8 groove for the first time, and now I spend much of Wild Light just looking forward to hearing this song.

3. Prisms

Ah, Prisms. If ever a song was about listening in context, it’s this one. Feeling it grow and change and develop as it goes on, it’s one of those songs where if you listened to a section from the start and end in isolation, you’d think it wasn’t the same band, let alone the same song. They’re so, so clever. Plus my kids love this one – the synths at the start thrill them every time, and my son chose this to play to his 10 year old classmates. I don’t think his teacher had ever heard anything like it.

2. Radio Protector

I think you said it best yourself – Radio Protector is a kind of magic, and you take from it whatever you need at the time. I can’t think of a better way to put it. And I’m still trying in vain to learn to play it!

1. Taipei

Man, this song. I know it probably won’t figure at #1 on most people’s lists, but I just can’t get enough of this. It has reduced me to tears with its beauty. The first time I saw them live, they played it and I just stared open mouthed. After, a lady in the crowd leaned over and asked me what it was called, she had never heard it and was in raptures. The second time I saw them live I took my son along, and after they played it he leaned over and said “That was my favourite.” I said “Guess what? It’s my favourite too.”

Don’t forget to share your own top 10, by sending it to the65republic@gmail.com or sharing it on twitter using the #65bangsofstatic hashtag! The final date to send them in is May 6th!

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