I’m fresh from a Spring-like weekend in Yorkshire; wherever you are, I hope you’ve all enjoyed similar weather. Here’s a new bunch of Earworms to enjoy before the “Arctic winds” (really?) return next week. If you’d like to share any earworms with us, please send an .mp3 or video link to firstname.lastname@example.org, together with a few words about why you’ve chosen it. Many thanks to all contributors.
The Unthanks – What Can a Song Do to You? – severin: The first track released (do we still call it a single?) from the new album by the Unthanks, Songs and Poems of Molly Drake, mother of the more famous Nick. I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing this and many others at two forthcoming London concerts. I gather they have been performing Nick Drake’s “Riverman” as an encore. Anyway this is a lovely thing and features the voice of Molly’s daughter, Gabrielle.
Oh Wonder – All We Do – AliM: I heard this as the theme to a TV series called “Unforgotten”, and looked it up. Oh Wonder are Anthony West and Josephine Vander Gucht, who released one song every month from September 2014 on Soundcloud, into 2015, culminating in an album of 15 songs. I find this quite haunting. If not exactly cheerful.
Heroin and Your Veins – Perpetual Sorrow – glassarfemptee: A style that always gets to me is a melody picked out slowly on an electric guitar. Preferably with added reverb. Spare, seductive, atmospheric. I’m thinking the themes to Twin Peaks or Callan, the Shadows, or Albatross even. Surefire earworms. And now from Finland we have a band that almost specialises in this sound – Heroin and Your Veins. Our resident Finnish expert Fuel may be able to shed more light, though this is probably not his bag. Here is Perpetual Sorrow from their album ‘Regret’.
Ravi Iyer- Hamsadhwani – Ravi Raman: Ravi Iyer was initially trained in the tabla but then switched over to the guitar, plays a custom built twin necked no less! Hamsadhwani (Sound of swans) is the name of this composition and the raga in which he has played. It’s a perennial favourite among fans, musicians and composers alike. An early morning raga and usually played at the start of a show etc. [The Hindustani equivalent is also a favourite of another Ravi – Shankar 🙂 ]
Only Girl – Fortune: “Fresh from the release of critically acclaimed new single Fortune, South London’s Only Girl returns with the official video directed by Davy Evans (Tourist, Hockeysmith and long-term visual collaborator with The xx) … Only Girl has driven widespread acclaim from the likes of Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1, BBC Introducing, Lauren Laverne (BBC 6 Music), Tom Robinson, John Kennedy & Jo Good on XFM, Dermot O’Leary (BBC Radio 2) and Edith Bowman in ELLE, as well as a whole host of online tastemakers including The Fader, Noisey, The 405 and DIY.”
Peaness (seriously?) – Same Place: I was prepared to dislike this song from a young, three piece (peas?) indie pop band, but the music and video made me smile – this is in advance of their new EP due out on 5 May. BBC6 music, BBC Radio 1 and Radio X have all championed the band and it looks like jolly good fun. Just what we need.
Image – author’s own.