It is six weeks at No 1 for Lanterns On The Lake and ‘Through The Cellar Door’. This song is quietly becoming a very major hit now: its run at No 1 is closing in on the three longest running No 1’s of last year. Laurel’s ‘Blue Blood’ and the revival of Stina Nordenstam’s 1990’s track ‘Murder In Mairyland Park’ both spent eight weeks at No 1, while Foals and ‘What Went Down’ was at No 1 for seven weeks. There isn’t a really obvious threat to dislodge ‘Cellar Door’ in the next two or three weeks – the most obvious rapid movers towards the Top 5 are Walking On Cars and ‘Flying High Falling Low’, which has climbed into the Top 10 on only its fourth week on the chart, and Daya’s ‘Hide Away’ which might match that feat next week – this track climbs to No 14 on its third week. My guess is that the two likeliest potential No 1’s further down the survey are ‘I Hate U I Love U’, despite its relatively small climb this week from No 34 to No 27, and Skyes’ highest new entry ‘Quarks’ which arrives at No 46.
‘Through The Cellar Door’ also highlights a particular and slightly peculiar foible of mine. I really like songs where the title does not appear in the lyrics. I think it just adds an extra level of mystery and uncertainty to the meaning of the song. You may or may not have realised that the titles of two of the aforementioned major hits from last year, ‘Murder In Mairyland Park’ and ‘What Went Down’ also do not feature in the lyrics. Other recent No 1’s which follow this pattern include ‘Flesh Without Blood’, ‘Prayer in C’ and ‘Killpop’, while all time favourite songs of mine in a similar vein include Natalie Merchant’s ‘My Skin’, Radiohead’s ‘Lucky’ and Thirteen Senses’ ‘Thru’ The Glass’. Whatever happened to Thirteen Senses by the way?
Let’s also take a look at a couple of new songs further down the survey. Firstly the arrival of Diiv’s ‘Under The Sun’ at No 69 is pretty impressive. Diiv are a five piece from Brooklyn, and their second album ‘Is The Is Are’ came out earlier this year after a very difficult period which saw the band lose one member due to rumoured drug problems. More troubles were to come as Diiv have now had to cancel their tour due to health issues affecting another band member. And sadly I hated ‘Is The Is Are’ – it was way too long and just droned on and on with variations on a rather tedious electro theme. I got bored well before the end. But ‘Under The Sun’ is a great track and well deserving of its new entry. Then I’d like to introduce you to Be Forest, whose debut Dave’s Chart hit ‘Glow’ (nothing to do with Ella Henderson’s identically named No 2 hit from 2014) has arrived at No 90. Be Forest are from Pesaro in Italy, are a trio consisting of Erica Terenzi, Costanza Delle Rose and Nicola Lampredi and have released two previous albums in 2011’s ‘Cold’ and 2014’s ‘Earthbeat’. ‘Glow’ is cool and trippy with just a hint of an undercurrent to it. It’s good, interesting stuff from a band with an significant degree of potential.