Earworms 10 April 2017

Happy Monday to you all, I hope you found some sunshine over the weekend. Here are this week’s worms for your listening pleasure – next week is Easter weekend so if you have any Easter-themed worms, or indeed, any worms at all that you want to share, please send them to earworm@tincanland.com with a few lines about why you’ve chosen them. Thanks to all contributors.

Richie Havens – Tombstone Blues – severin: We were discussing films about Dylan on Chris’s movie thread recently. Ravi mentioned “I’m Not There” which reminded me that I hadn’t listened to the soundtrack for a while. I did and this is still the stand-out track for me.

Anthony Weis – Oblivion Studies – AliM: From his new album “Smashed Against Infinity”, he says: “Noisy garage rock, my roots, is what the album ended up becoming.  The goal was the sound of a loud rock band jamming in a garage somewhere …” Not sure if that’s quite on the mark but I like it anyway.

Madushree – Pal Pal Hai Bhaari – Ravi Raman: An A R Rahman composition for a movie.  This is the instrumental version, performed here by studio artists.

Tord Gustavsen – The Way You Play My Heart – glassarfemptee: In my search for more doom jazz, I was pointed towards Norwegian Tord Gustavsen, and his various trios, quartets and ensembles. This track is hardly doom jazz, but it’s very lovely. From the 2016 album “What was said”.

Lorde – Liability – abahachi: To be honest, I’m half dreading Lorde’s new album: after that near-perfect debut, how can it not be a disappointment? The first single, Green Light, is definitely a grower, but I’m still a bit dubious – has something important been lost? This, however, is magnificent, heart-breaking and heroically minimalist.

Lorde – Green Light – tincanman: Some twitter wag described this young NZ pop singer’s new single as a really terrific song purposely made with a benign beginning so radio will be fooled into playing it. https://goo.gl/cs1Ztc

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8 thoughts on “Earworms 10 April 2017

  1. The two Lorde songs are so different from each other and I liked both, Liability a little bit more.
    Todd Gustavsen – I am not sure what the genre or label is, but it is very good and at 3 mts left me wanting more. Doom jazz, math rock … who comes up these names?
    Anthony Weis is more in my wheelhouse (is that the phrase?). Very much like the new Robert Randolph album.
    Which brings me to my favourite of the week, Richie Havens. Not surprising I’m sure because apart from a couple of songs, I like the entire album.
    Ali: Will put a couple of songs for Easter, as I just made a small playlist for a friend of mine. Thanks all.

  2. I really enjoyed that Tord Gustavsen one. Possibly my favourite of the week. Anthony Weis and Madushree were great too and a nice contrast between the two.
    I only know Royals by Lorde so this has intrigued me a bit more. As Ravi said, two very different tracks. If pushed I prefer Liability.

  3. Richie Havens – Tombstone Blues Funnily enough, I don’t remember ever hearing this before. I like the second guitar in this. I am enjoying it, but the problem is that I keep hearing Dylan’s own voice singing over the top of Richie. It is a pretty good cover of a song that, for me, has always seemed to be essentially Dylan.

    Anthony Weis – Oblivion Studies Ooh! Loving the intro. I was expecting some singing, because I think it needs it, ideally in a bluesy, raucous voice, someone like Janis Joplin or Lowell George when he’s not being soulful, think of something like Apolitical Blues. Good sound, though.

    Madushree – Pal Pal Hai Bhaari Terrific, really liked this.

    Tord Gustavsen – The Way You Play My Heart Quite minimal but evocative. I think “elegiac” sums it up. Impressive virtuoso piano work.

    Lorde – Liability and Green Light I will admit to not having listened to Lorde before, except, I think, on Jools Holland’s Later. I wasn’t impressed then, she was being massively hyped and that always tuns me off of someone. To be honest, I am not hugely impressed. I thought that Liability was overwrought and could have been an Adele ballad (n.b. this is not a compliment, I cannot abide Adele). Green Light was a bit better, but it is just empty glossy pop, surely? Sorry guys. I am sure she is a fine talent, but I just don’t think that her music is aimed at me.

    OK, who was my fave? I think that it was probably Tord Gustavsen‘s not-doom jazz.

  4. I’m so late to the party, that it’s all over and the lights are off. But as I’m here, I’ll say that I liked ’em all. Share the view that Liability is the better of the Lorde tracks. Always hard to prefer covers to the original, re Richie, but it’s a good shot. Like Carole, I love the scuddy intro to the Weis track, and the rest is pretty wonderful too – lovin’ that slide geetar. Fave of the week is the evocative Madushree track. Lovely flute playing. And glad to see some love for the Tord Gustavsen…

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