Another week’s worth of wondrous worms for you, and a sense of Spring in the air. What could be better? Well, more worms, of course! I’m down to one lonely wriggler, so if anyone wants to top-up the bank, please send your worms to firstname.lastname@example.org. Many thanks.
The Chieftains feat Akiko Yano – Sake in the Jar – severin: From their 1999 album “Tears of Stone” which featured a number of female guest vocalists including Joni Mitchell, Sinead O’Connor and Natalie Merchant. This, though, is the most unexpected track – a mix of Irish and Japanese, as you can hear. Akiko Yano is probably best known for singing with Yellow Magic Orchestra although she has also recorded with Little Feat, Thomas Dolby and (apparently) Swing Out Sister. I could have offered pretty much anything from the Chieftains CD but I think this one is particularly haunting.
Blue Lotus – L. Subramaniam – Ravi Raman: From the Global Fusion album by L. Subramaniam that involves everything from Indonesian choral chanting to erhu, didgeridoo, koto and Spanish guitar. This track is a duet with Jie Bing Chen, whose erhu echoes Subramaniam’s violin in an “eerily lovely imitation” as one admirer puts it. Wholeheartedly recommend the entire album (boxed).
Estas Tonne – Cosmic Fairytale: Dimensions – AliM: Estas Tonne is a Ukranian-born guitarist. He has travelled widely and plays in a “fusion” of styles; classical; flamenco; gypsy and others, on a six-string acoustic guitar. This track stood out from another excellent Spotify “Discover Weekly” list.
Gordon Lightfoot – Early Morning Rain – goneforeign: This song was composed and recorded by Canadian Gordon Lightfoot on his 1966 debut album. His career has spanned more than five decades and despite ill health, he continues performing, with a tour of England, Ireland and Scotland due later this year.
Leon Bridges – Mississippi Kisses – tincanman: I dismissed last year’s debut, Coming Home, as another Ben E King tribute act but I’m a feckin idiot. Saw him on Austin City Limits (http://video.klru.tv/video/2365648604/) and what a breath of fresh air, even though the songs he writes are in the style of old-time rock & roll and soul. One to watch here, folks. (This is a bonus song on Coming Home, and the raucous closer to his ACL show).
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