A slightly wistful and Autumnal selection to chill out to today. In similar vein, here is a new track from Uma and the Wandering Stars, a new London-based alternative band, who recently finished recording their debut EP Trapped, which was produced by Fraser Smith from Shed Seven, and Mastered by Dick Beetham (Stereophonics, Scissor Sisters, KT Tunstall etc.). This single I Don’t Know “is a haunting mixture of indie/art rock with baroque pop elements.” https://soundcloud.com/umaspage/i-dont-know
Angel Olsen – Intern – glassarfemptee: “I loved “Burn Your Fire for No Witness” from Angel Olsen, with it’s stripped down directness. Her latest album had this track as a featured video. Her languid voice aches with loss and longing. I know artists develop and move on, but I like this ‘cos it’s closest to the feel of “Burn…” – hints of Lana del Rey and Twin Peaks.”
Baby Queens – By The River – abahachi: I encountered this Cardiff band at the Dinefwr Literary Festival a couple of years ago (and posted a couple of tracks here, as I recall); their debut album has just been released. It’s great; lots of catchy pop/soul’RnB tunes with nice production by Cian Ciaran of the Super Furries. This track is a little different from the rest, much quieter and more mellow, but really lovely and difficult to get out of the head.
Roseanne Cash – Girl From The North Country – goneforeign: When she was 18, Johnny Cash gave his daughter Rosanne a list of 100 essential country songs in an effort to expand her knowledge of country music. “‘The List’ is based on a list my father made for me when I was 18 years old,” “He called it the ‘100 Essential Country Songs’ and said if I learned this list, I would be truly educated. We are culling about 15 songs from the list, and re-interpreting them, with the respect of an archivist, the love of a daughter, and my own sensibility as a New Yorker for the last two decades.” “This is one from that list”.
Ebony Alleyene – Tell Me the Secret – severin: British soul/R&B singer. From her only album Never Look Back, most of which was recorded in 2003 when she was only 20. Sadly, problems at her record company (Sony) led to the tapes lying around until 2007 when another company picked up on them. A couple of extra tracks were recorded and the album was finally released to some acclaim. Since then, not a lot. I only discovered this song from the 2010 (various artists) compilation CD Luxury Soul from which I sent in a Freda Payne track several weeks ago.
Lacey Sturm – Roxanne – DsD: I’ve started to trawl the early Album Of The Year lists to see what I’ve inevitably missed. I was intrigued by how this would sound, so found it online. I’m not sure I even like it, but can I ‘eckaslike get it out of my head!? You have been warned.
Alhaji Bai Konte – Jula Jekere – Ravi Raman: Ghanaian musician. Also from the Rounder Records Story album.
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