Things that we never expected to hear: Okkervil River’s Will Sheff has an electronic side project… and it’s actually quite good. Sheff released a song under the name Lovestreams earlier this week, and we’ve been rather enjoying it here at Flavorpill central, despite initial reservations about what in god’s name it might sound like. The track makes Sheff the latest in a long-ish line of guitar-wielding types who’ve decided that they’re rather like to twiddle knobs on the side, with wildly varying degrees of success. With that in mind, we thought we’d amuse ourselves looking at some such artists, ranking them from the very best to the very, very worst.
With Damon Albarn involved in so many projects these days, it’s easy to forget how remarkable Gorillaz sounded when they appeared in 1998. The idea of the ultra-English singer of Blur working with the likes of Dan the Automator and Del the Funkee Homosapien was a pretty remarkable one, but what was even more remarkable was the fact that it worked so well.