Frightened Rabbit front-man and songwriter Scott Hutchison knows a thing or two about great songs and songwriting. The band’s latest album ‘Painting Of A Panic Attack‘ is proof of that. In anticipation of Frightened Rabbit’s upcoming Louisville appearance May 3rd at Headliners, we asked Scott to share with us a few of his favorite songs, and what it is about them that speaks to him. Check out his very special guest DJ playlist:
Nada Surf-Love and Anger
This is an amazing cover of the Kate Bush song. It reminds me of warm Californian drives, making the occasional escape from the city and the excitement at getting the heck out of LA from time to time. I love Nada Surf, they don’t really seem to give a damn about being “current”, they just continue to write great songs and present them very honestly.
Sharon Van Etten-Afraid Of Nothing
Taken from one of the most beautiful albums I’ve ever heard, Are We There, this song is one of very few that can bring a tear to my eye. Almost every time. I love the way Sharon’s music lilts almost woozily and pulls you along like a gentle current.
New Order-Your Silent Face
This song is the perfect combination of beauty and ugliness. Warm, serious synths sit next to the childish melodica, and Bernard Sumner’s vocal is one of his most plaintive and brilliant. Proof that you should sometimes sing out of tune if you want to make humans listen.
Sounds like the whole song was put through a crazy distressor, it’s f@*#!ing insane. I love how confrontational Primal Scream can be on an album like this, then they go back to being the nice guys again a few years later, singing about country girls. Always surprising, one of the best British bands around.
The Delgados- American Trilogy
A Scottish classic. This album taught me a lot about what music should do to the listener. I think this was the first time I “swooned” when I heard a song. There’s a certain romance to it all but it’s tempered with a longing sadness you can drown in.
The New Pornographers-The Bleeding Heart Show
Still the greatest outro of all the outros, and let me tell you I know my outros. I’m not usually one for showy drum fills but the playing on this track is outstanding, just a pure 2 minute joyfest. Makes me want to join a commune and just sing “hey-laaa” all day with my new friends.