Earworms 25 August 2014

Bank Holiday Monday greetings from Earworm Land, wherever you are. I hope this selection will ease you through the day. Many thanks to all contributors, and keep the worms coming to earworm@tincanland.com. Enjoy!

Gurrumul Yunupingu – Gurrumul History (I Was Born Blind) – deanofromoz: Intensely shy, Gurrumul is a blind Indigenous Australian performer who hails from a remote island off the northern Australia. He usually sings in his native tongue, but on this one he blends some English in as well to basically tell his life story. His voice is utterly sublime. I don’t listen to this a lot, but it blows me away every time I do.

FKA Twigs – Water Me – abahachi: I don’t imagine this will be to everyone’s taste, but this strange piece of chilly electro-pop has haunted me ever since I heard it. Reminds me of Kate Bush in experimental mode, which can only be a good thing.

The Har-You Percussion Group – Welcome to the Party – beltway:  Relatively recent discovery for me (though the Jazzanova Remix of this has been quite famous), this is a fascinating recording from the Har-You Percussion Group, a group formed out of the burning remains of the 1964 Harlem Riots by Roger Sanders as a means of channelling the considerable energy and musical skills of the Youth of the Ghetto, and it is just so exciting and laced with a sold groove. Enjoy!

Over The Rhine – How Long Have You Been Stoned – DsD: Whether this works as well on a sober Monday morning remains to be seen. But with my current part-Jack-Daniels, part-tiredness, part-summer-evening warm’n’fuzzy glow on, this song is just perfect. And we seem to be slowly reeling in more OTR converts from the RR/Spill pool, so I thought I’d chuck in some more groundbait!

Bi Lamban: Toumani Diabate & Ballake Sissoko – goneforeign: These two guys grew up living next door to each other in Bamako Mali, they’re cousins and have spent their lives playing their koras together. Both of their fathers were also famous kora players, they recorded an album together in 1970, ‘Ancient Strings’, this cut by their sons is from their 1997 album ‘New Ancient Strings’.

Seafret – Give Me Something – AliM: Another band that contacted Earworms – Jack Sedman (vocals) and Harry Draper (guitar) aka Seafret (from Bridlington) have announced the release of their debut EP “Give Me Something” out September 21st on Sweet Jane Recordings. The EP features five tracks including this one, which is rather good.

9 thoughts on “Earworms 25 August 2014

  1. ooops, think I just lost a reply.

    what a diverse mix, and most not the sort of stuff I normally listen to but I liked them all. Was expecting to hate the FKA Twigs one based on the description but even liked that…and Gurumul, wow,amazing stuff.

    pS Ali – I always love trying to work out the link to the pic you post each week, got me stumped this week though.

    • Well, it was just generic Australia but I thought the landscape and the colours were amazing. I tried “Aborigine art” but couldn’t find anything authentic. If in doubt, choose something scenic.

  2. As usual they all fit perfectly even though they are so different.
    The highlight for me was Gurrumul, a total unknown but so haunting. I’ve long been interested in anything from or about Oz. Years ago I read a book that I can honestly say was ‘life changing’, one of the most significant books I’ve ever read, “The Fatal Shore” by Robt. Hughes, about the founding of Australia, among many other things. Like how the southern US plantations were stocked with English ‘convicts’!
    Everybody should read it.

    • Hi, sorry for the delay in posting. If you are interested in Australian literature, can I recommend A B Facey’s “A Fortunate Life” – I mention it in my ww1 post above. Its a brilliant read, and covers so many aspects of Aussie life in the early 20th century.

  3. Gurrumul has a wonderful voice. That was quite beautiful. Really liked the FKA Twigs too. Very haunting. Nice groove in the Har-You track. I thought the Over the Rhine was nice enough but maybe a bit too laid back for my current mood. Haven’t been stoned in over 20 years I’m afraid.
    Bi Lamban have a gorgeous sound and Seafret sound pretty good too. Yes, very diverse set indeed.

  4. Nice eclectic selection this week, not a dud track in there – the FKA Twigs is the standout though and Gurumul has one of the most beautiful voices I have heard.

    How nice that bands contact you to suggest their own tracks – I rather liked Seafret, nice and austere.

    • Well, it’s the promoters who send links in. I don’t use all of it but if I’m short of Worms I’ll put one in (assuming I think it’s Earwormy)! It seems mean to pick and choose but I get quite a few and it isn’t really what Earworms is about. I should probably just do a feature now and then in a separate post, which we started doing via Blimpy a while back.

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