Happy Halloween to you all. This week’s new single is from San Francisco based band The Y Axes, called, appropriately enough, “Monsters”. https://soundcloud.com/the-y-axes/monsters They say: “‘Monsters’ is about losing your sense of self over time. Everything from your ability to move and speak to how you are able to process fear and love has slowly atrophied. In this state, you can either slip out of existence or take the opportunity to rewrite the rules of who you are. In the song, I imagine a group of people holed up in a hideout, trying to avoid an insidious ‘monster.’ I imagine that during this hibernation, the group evolves into a pack, and over time the monsters they fear start to look and sound no different from them.” I hope you enjoy it; meanwhile thanks for all the earworms and please keep them coming to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lisa Hannigan – Prayer for the Dying – glassarfemptee: The album title ‘At Swim’ caught my eye, as I love “At swim two birds” – both the marvellous dreamy book and the band. And Lisa Hannigan is of course Irish, and I’m a sucker for Irish singers, from Frances Black to Colin Melloy (if we count Irish descent). And then it turns out the album is a delight. So here’s a sample for your delectation.
Dinah Washington – You’d be So Nice To Come Home To – Ravi Raman: This is Dinah Washington aka Ruth Brown. Discovered her when searching for a song for Song-Bar. Long live You Tube!
Virginia Rodriguez – Afrekete – goneforeign: From the Brazilian creative team of Virginia Rodrigues, Caetano Veloso and Celso Fonseca this is admirable for its dynamism and power-with-restraint. Virginia is a deep, powerful alto, the sparse arrangements, notably some great Afro-Brazilian percussions, let her voice take centre stage.
Juan Gabriel – No Tengo Dinero – tincanman: Mexico’s greatest modern pop singer, so I have just read, died Aug. 28 age 66. He was apparently sappy, sentimental and revered. In this 1971 breakthrough hit he has nothing to give except his love, but he wasn’t broke long; his albums sold over 100m worldwide.
Tiny Dancers – Ashes & Diamonds – DsD: This popped up on shuffle in the car during yet another near-thousand-mile commute week. I was in traffic at the time and couldn’t see the Walkman screen. Surprised because I didn’t recognise the song AT ALL, so I let it play. WOW! I may have forgotten it for a while, but it’s been on heavy rotation ever since. Full of all those DsD-pleasing elements. Yummy.
Muse – Psycho: From their album, “Drones”. Because it’s Halloween. And earwormy. Sorry Carole. (Warning for the sensitive – contains bad language).
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