Are you sitting comfortably? Doing the ironing? Soaking in the bath? Eating your tea? Whatever, here is a contemplative selection for you this week. Thanks to all for your contributions, and keep them rolling in to firstname.lastname@example.org.
National – Apartment Story (tincanman): Not much of a story because we’re left to fill in for ourselves why they decide not to go out tonight after all. Buzzing guitar and staccato drums soundtrack the unfolding drama.
Furniture – I Miss You – bethnoir: This is a risky one, I actually love this song and can listen to it on repeat for ages without getting sick of it, but the only song I’d heard by Furniture until this year was the ubiquitous Brilliant Mind. If you hate it, please be kind.
Aztec Camera – Orchid Girl – ToffeeBoy: We all know that extra tracks on CDs are crap. If they were any good they’d have been on the album in the first place. All they do is disturb the perfect balance that the artists strove to achieve when they decided that that track was going to be the last one. But occasionally, just occasionally, a track appears that challenges this undeniable truth. And here it is: the beautiful Orchid Girl, tacked on the end of Aztec Camera’s debut album, High Land, Hard Rain. And very gorgeous it is too…
Jane Siberry with Julia Fordham – Love is Everything – Tatanka Yotanka: This just in from a recent live performance in Los Angeles, always loved the tune but I love the off kilter non harmonic harmonies on this version.
Modern Eon – Child’s Play – Beltway: So my brother has been engaged in a project to digitise his extensive collection of obscure vinyl records of Liverpool bands from the late 70s and early 80s and I’ve been a major beneficiary of this. This track is a standout one for me, it seems to distill so many elements of great records from that era, the sparse electronic sounds, the perfect pop sensibility, the soulful vocals – it even has non-cheesy sax, a magical “lost” record I wanted to share with a wider audience, hope you enjoy it!
Bad Daughter – Duì Jiùshì Duì, Cuò Jiùshì Cuò, Méiyǒu Shé Me Duì Yǔ Cuò – Sakura: The title means “right is right, wrong is wrong, there is no right and wrong” I love Vera Queen and this is her singing in the band Bad Daughter before she started her solo career. The track is a typically ambiguous song about love and relationships. I just love her voice ! ! !