Earworms 6 March 2017

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If anyone out there is new to Earworms, the concept is very simple – just send us an .mp3 of something that has caught your ear recently, and that you’d like to share, to earworm@tincanland.com. It doesn’t have to be new, in fact we don’t usually include new music here unless the wormbank is low, that’s reserved for “Sounds on Sunday” or other individual posts. Anyway, here’s another musical selection box for you – many thanks to all contributors, and hope you enjoy the sounds.

Martin Green (featuring Becky Unthank) – I saw the Dead – severin: Here’s another album I only know about because of R/R. Stumbled across it while searching for songs about accordions. Leeds Lily filled in the details about it being based on a stage show. I love the Unthanks and all their works so Becky’s voice on this is a bonus. The song itself is alternately creepy and manic. Which seems topical for some reason.

Ryuichi Sakamoto – Energy Flow – glassarfemptee: Japanese composer and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto  (formerly of Yellow Magic Orchestra) has been hugely influential, affecting the path of electro and hip hop with his eclectic mix of computer game music, soundtracks, and electronica. Then he released a pure piano album, BTTB (back to the basics), and this track was the first-ever instrumental number one hit in Japan.

Vaishnavo Jana To – Pt Ronu Majumdar – Ravi Raman: Pt Ronu Majumdar is a noted flautist and he is playing this 15th century bhajan, which was one of Mahatma’s favourites. The thoughts of the ideal man expressed in the poem became his credo. Those interested can read more:  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaishnava_Jana_To

Andy Prieboy – Tomorrow Wendy – tincanman: It is complete now, she’s been diagnosed with AIDS and it’s the 80’s so it doesn’t have a name yet and there’s no cure or relief.

The History of Colour TV – Wreck and As Grey As Park Can Be – AliM: The first and second singles from this Berlin-based trio’s “Something Like Eternity” LP, due for release on 17 March via France’s Crane Records. “Something Like Eternity is an album of sparse, immediate performances captured live in studio. The room seemingly reverberates to a wide dynamic range of sonic tapestries ranging from fleeting moments of near-silence to elongated passages of guitar meltdowns, loaded with emotion.” LP pre-order: https://thehistoryofcolourtv.bandcamp.com/album/something-like-eternity 

Sturle Dagsland – Nzinga – AliM: “You should really check out the new song from the Norwegian Band Sturle Dagsland. It’s completely insane.” Well, how could I resist? Much improved by not watching the video, I feel. But perhaps I’m just sensitive. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3z9NTJjpus

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10 thoughts on “Earworms 6 March 2017

  1. Unusually for me I went to the You Tube clip first. Now how do I unsee it? First listen, I liked Tomorrow Wendy the most.
    Thanks all.

  2. I love Rachel Unthank’s delivery, actually made the hairs on my arms stand up. I’m glad to hear this, thank you! Ryuichi was always likely to appeal to me and it did. I feel as if there is some fantastic anime film going on just out of my eyeline, but that makes me like it more. Definitely my two favourites of the week. Thanks for putting these up Ali.

  3. Good batch again, if a bit dark! Vaishnavo Jana To was the standout for me this week though. (P.S. have so far chickened out of Nzinga!!)

      • Yeah, slightly weird but not like the Die Antwoord videos, which are even more weird but still compelling.
        I Saw The Dead has gone straight to my phone. Looks like a stayer.

  4. Martin Green (featuring Becky Unthank) – I saw the Dead I share the love of The Unthanks and all their works. This piece seems to fit very well into their canon and is definitely quite creepy. It is a lovely thing, though, for all the creepiness. Very atmospheric. I might have to think about buying the album if it is all as good as this.

    Ryuichi Sakamoto – Energy Flow I will admit to knowing nothing much about Ryuichi Sakamoto’s music, so I came to this with no preconceptions. It is a nice enough piece but it didn’t wildly enthuse me. To be honest, I’d prefer to listen to Debussy’s piano music, or maybe Erik Satie.

    Vaishnavo Jana To – Pt Ronu Majumdar Gosh, that was beautiful. I didn’t want it to end.

    Andy Prieboy – Tomorrow Wendy Well, isn’t this a jolly little sing-along? Bleak stuff, but beautifully produced and performed. I can remember the fear in the gay community in Bristol in the 80s. A lot of people I knew changed their lifestyles quite dramatically. That was before AIDS was widely discussed, when it was still just being seen as something for the gay world to worry about.

    The History of Colour TV – Wreck and As Grey As Park Can Be The first one sort of reminds me of early REM in places, but with vocals where you can hear the words better. Rather good, I think. I thought that the second one was actually a better song, but didn’t deliver. It sort of headed off to shoegaze a bit but kept holding back. At the end I wanted it to go full-on MBV distorted wig-out, but it didn’t, it just faded away. Decent enough, but disappointing.

    Sturle Dagsland – Nzinga I didn’t watch the video and I didn’t like the song. In fact I stopped after about a minute or so.

    OK, so what did I like the most? I think that it has to be Ravi’s sublime Vaishnavo Jana To track, but Martin Green and Becky Unthank were also brill.

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