by Bill Forman
Yes, it's the Indy's annual — and highly subjective — countdown of the year's most intriguing, compelling and just plain enjoyable songs. You can pick up our December 26 issue to find the complete story, along with a rundown of local musicians' favorites. In the meantime, here's #10....
Knife & Fork, “Tightrope”
Knife & Fork is a collaboration between Laurie Hall from the indie-rock trio Ovarian Trolley and Eric Drew Feldman, a former member of Pere Ubu and Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band who’s also recorded with the Pixies and produced Frank Black’s solo work. At this point, I should also mention that Feldman and PJ Harvey, whose band he also plays in, recorded a track for an album I co-produced more than a decade ago. But even if we’d never met, I promise I’d still be touting “Tightrope,” the trip-hoppiest track from Knife & Fork’s sophomore album and a perfect showcase for the duo’s oddly compelling mix of ethereal vocals and hypnotic pop instincts. Plus, the video has vintage footage of tightrope daredevils and a train-hopping chimp. — BF