Hey ho, it’s December already – who knows where the time goes? Here’s another selection of tunes for you, hope you find something earwormy. Please continue to send any spare worms to firstname.lastname@example.org, plus any contributions for the “Christmas Special”. Thanks, all.
Hamilton Camp – Get Together – goneforeign: This was popular when I arrived in LA in the 50’s, Hamilton Camp is an English bloke, same age and birthplace as me but he was evacuated during the war to the US, he made it permanent. The song is by Dino Valenti, later with Quicksilver, another popular version is by The Youngbloods from the same period. You might never have heard of his music [check Spotty] but you’ve probably seen him in dozens of films and TV programs, he had a career as a bit actor.
Barr Brothers – Please Let Me Let It Go – tincanman: It’s hymnal but rather than asking for salvation, it asks for the freedom to set himself right. Austerity Britain would be proud.
Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes – Phantoms – ghe: (not to be confused with the Great Lakes Swimmers) hangout in Nashville. I ‘collect’ ghost songs, but these Phantoms are not of the ghostly kind. Great drums and falsetto trills, and firmly stuck deep in my ear at the moment. From a great free download on Noise Trade – search for Deer Head Music indie mix tape.
Ivan Torrent (ft. Julie Elven) – Icarus – YoungMunday: Nepotism rules with this choice from my son. Ivan Torrent is a young Spanish composer who makes cinematic music and combines “melodic orchestral with electro”. He cites Clannad and Enya among his influences; this track was released as a single.
Koop (ft. Ane Brun) – Koop Island Blues – Fuel: Fuel sent me a selection of music ages ago, and I hope he won’t mind me using this. Koop is an electronic jazz duo from Sweden and Ane Brun is a Norwegian songwriter, guitarist and vocalist. This is lovely.
Jay Brown – Diamond – AliM: One from the recently received promos. Jay Brown’s new single ‘Diamond’, “an emotionally stirring, slow-burning alternative-pop ballad”, out on December 15. via Turn First Records (Jack Garratt, Dan Croll, Ellie Goulding etc). https://soundcloud.com/jaybrownofficial/jaybrowndiamond