Tom Clayton has created a Spotify playlist for his book When Quiet Was the New Loud: Celebrating the Acoustic Airwaves 1998-2003. Click here to open the playlist.

The book is an affectionate reclaimation of the New Acoustic Movement, a musical era that although happened relatively recently, is already being purposefully forgotten. Here is a list of the key albums that Tom features in the book. (Click covers for Spotify link.)

Chapter 1. Staying in for the Summer: The Chill of Britpop, and a New Beginning

01-Travis-ManWho

Travis | The Man Who

02-DavidGray-WhiteLadder

David Gray | White Ladder

03-Dido-NoAngel

Dido | No Angel

Chapter 2: Manchester’s Lost Souls: Doves, Elbow and Twisted Nerve Records

04-Doves-LostSouls

Doves | Lost Souls

07-Elbow-Asleep

Elbow | Asleep in the Back

05-BDB-Bewliderbeast

Bady Drawn Boy | The Hour of Bewilderbeast

06-Alfie-IfYouHappy

Alfie | If You Happy With You Need Do Nothing

Chapter 3. The Students in the Stadium: Coldplay and Snow Patrol

08-ColdplayParachutes

Coldplay | Parachutes

09-SnowPatrol-WhenItsAllOver

Snow Patrol | When It’s All Over We Still Have To Clear Up

Chapter 4. ‘NAM’ and the Manifesto Down the Back of the Sofa

10-Kings-Quiet

Kings of Convenience | Quiet is the New Loud

11-Turin-Optimist

Turin Brakes | The Optimist LP

12-KWILLIAMs-LBN

Kathryn Williams | Little Black Numbers

Chapter 5. A Curtain or a Star: The Interior Visions of Lowgold, Mull Historical Society and The Electric Soft Parade

13-Lowgold-Backwards

Lowgold | Just Backward of Square

14-Mull-Loss

Mull Historical Society | Loss

15-ESP-Holes

The Electric Soft Parade | Holes in the Wall

Read all about it here: When Quiet Was the New Loud: Celebrating the Acoustic Airwaves 1998-2003