Well we’re not quite there yet, but Happy New Year to all of you out in ‘Spill land, hope you are keeping dry and safe. Thank you to everyone who has topped up the worm bank; please keep those worms coming to firstname.lastname@example.org. And lang may yer lum reek.
Jon Hopkins – Immunity – DsD: Hungover and all partied out? Here’s a ten-minute musical equivalent to a lie-down-in-a-darkened-room-with-a-damp-flannel-over-your-face. Rediscovered in the madness of “DsDember”; this – for me – is as therapeutic as music gets.
Dave Rawlings Machine – The Trip – tincanman: ALL ABOARD! We’re going to sit here and think on life for a spell. In about 11 minutes we’ll be pulling in to wherever we’re going.
Box and the Twins – Western Horizon – bethnoir: Sometimes I feel like all the best band names are gone and bands have to resort to a strange mix of words to be different. This band are current and from Cologne, they make dream/darkpop music which I enjoy.
Robert Randolph & The Family Band – Squeeze – Ravi Raman: Reverting to type here. Fast & skilled guitaring, a clever, thrumming bass line … what’s not to like. Saw them at a music festival here and was hugely impressed.
Eilen Jewell – Hallelujah Band – glasshalfempty: Eilen Jewell (a fave round these parts) had an album out this year, and so from Sundown over ghost town, here’s Hallelujah Band, with a lovely guitar hook.
Siouxsie and the Banshees – Clockface – severin: From their third album, the first one with Budgie on drums, Several different guitarists filling in, this one features Steve Jones. Wordless vocals, more a snippet than a song but it’s always been one of my favourites.
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