Solar wind sculptures? Well, maybe. This week we travel from blues, through joy, to the downright whimsical. There are two tracks from goneforeign, for which I make no apology, as they are both excellent. If you would like to hear your choice, please send your worms to firstname.lastname@example.org. Quick, before the postal strike.
Herbert Groenemeyer – Der Weg – Abahachi: Bit of a Rorschach blot, this; it’s been stuck in my head since our neighbours in Germany played it four or five times in a row one evening, but does it have the same effect if you can’t understand the lyrics and/or don’t know the back story?
Mavis Staples – Step into the Light – goneforeign: Wiki says: If ever there were a time for Mavis Staples to return to recording, 2004 is it. Have a Little Faith is a glorious return for Staples and is capable of inspiring those who are lucky enough to encounter it.
Tommy James & the Shondells – Draggin’ the Line – tincanman: A consummate pop rocker who always seemed half a decade behind. But like age gaps from youth, that no longer matters 50 years later. The bass line, those horns!…every piece of this song is perfect. Listen at volume please.
Art Blakey and the Afro Drum Ensemble – Ife l’Ayo (There Is Happiness in Love) – beltway: Some pieces of music just induce a huge grin on your face and make you feel that life is truly good – well this is one, and it’s so joyfully catchy and infectious that it can lodge in your ear all day and keep your spirits high. This is from Art Blakey’s fantastic “African Beat” album, on which he assembled some of the greatest drummers from across Africa and the Afro-Carribean world (Senegal, Nigeria, Jamaica and Sudan) and got them playing with some established American jazz greats. This song features the sweetest little penny whistle melody puncutated by some spectacularly explosive drumming. Absolutely cracking stuff.
Ejigayehu Shibabaw – Aba Alem Lemenea – goneforeign: Ethiopian artist Ejigayehu Shibabaw goes by the name Gigi. This album was co-produced by Gigi and Bill Laswell. She sings in Amharic. The album is Abyssinia Infinite on the German Network label.
Roy Harper – Solar Wind Sculptures – AliM: Roy at his most approachable. This song makes me want to knit my own yurt, breed goats and grow my own (under a sky that goes all the way … all the way home). Group hug, everyone.