Another great selection for you this week and not a mention of football, cycling or tennis … oops. And yes, I know “Isaac” is spelt “Issac” in the player, but I can’t amend it. Hope you’re enjoying the sunshine: please keep those worms coming to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kinoko Tekoku – Paranoid Parade – pairubu: Japanese “shoegaze”, I get “late period Blondie” from this (Ubuette disagrees) and find it a very palatable noise.
Sarah Blasko – Fool – tincanman: It takes a few listens for the passion and Lily Allenesque defiance of this to really sink in. It’s worth the wait.
Lennon and Maisy Stella – Ho Hey – LIAB: Whoa, there before you all wade in with your ridicule. These two girls have the most delightful voices that harmonise so well. Their parents are doing a pretty good job of keeping them grounded and very little of their music has been published though they are extremely popular on YouTube, which is where they first started posting and where they first came to my attention. One of their first videos has over 23m views. They play the daughters of Rayna James in Nashville (TV soap series but with great country music). Given their ages they have the potential to be simply huge. I could have suggested the original of this tune by The Lumineers but their version of Ho Hey is brilliant.
Fode Kouyate: Sokho – bishbosh: Hi. My name is bish and I’m a Shazam addict. Here’s an irresistibly infectious tune I heard – and thus identified – emanating from a Medway Towns branch of Nando’s. I know I know, my glamorous life…
Isaac Freeman – You Must Come in at the Bottom – beltway: Even as a totally non religious type, this still resonates with me, a happy little self tribute to the deepest of gospel voices and the place of the bass in God’s creation – I can only get my voice this low after a serious night out, and often I will sing this when hungover to cheer myself up!
Pam Nestor & Joan Armatrading – All the King’s Gardens: goneforeign: A friend from Guyana gave me this album back in ’72, probably because Pam Nestor was also from Guyana. She and JA hooked up as a musical twosome, they produced this album, a first for both of them, Pam Nestor wrote 11 of the 14 songs. The record company rather like Island with Bob chose to make Joan the star and to minimize Pam, causing the two to split up, and that’s why you’ve probably never heard of Pam Nestor. This is one of my favourite earworms from ‘Whatever’s for us’.