Earworms 11 December 2017

Brrrrr. It’s a chilly old morning in Earworm land. I’ve spent half the weekend driving around the country in almost every type of weather condition that the UK has to offer, apart from freezing fog (fortunately). So I’m ready to put my feet up and chill to this week’s batch of worms. If you have an earworm you would like to share, please send an .mp3 or a link to earworm@tincanland.com, together with a few lines about why you’ve chosen it. And don’t forget to send your choice of festive worms by Friday 22 December, ready for an Earworms slot on Christmas Day. Many thanks to all contributors.

P Unnikrishnan- Senikula – Ravi Raman: This is the Kavadi Sindhu genre of folk music popular in our state. Unni is one of the biggest south Indian stars and Sennikulam is a town further south. The song is ostensibly about a temple there but also refers to Annamalai, the man who created the genre.

Ry Cooder/Vishwa Mohan Bhatt – Longing – glassarfemptee: I’m listening to a lot of Indian music at the moment. Ravi introduced us to the amazing VM Bhatt, playing an instrument of his invention, the Mohan Veena – a cross between a guitar and a sitar. Here he is with Ry Cooder, from the superb album ‘A meeting by the river‘. Not exactly true earworm territory, but stupendous nonetheless.

Ruth Danon & ILLAY – Banu choschech legaresch – DebbyM: This is a haunting version of a Chanukkah song I’m desperately trying to learn before Friday 16th, when we’ll be celebrating at the kindergarten where I work. It’s a song about banishing the darkness, so probably appropriate for all of us in the northern hemisphere at present. (Welcome back, DebbyM!! Ed.)

Arve Henriksen – Groundswell – abahachi: Very much the ambient end of chilly Norwegian jazz, with haunting trumpet lines over a soundscape of treated guitars (from Eivind Aarset). An acquired taste, but equally perfect for quiet meditation in a darkened room after a long day, or as soothing background music while trying to write…

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9 thoughts on “Earworms 11 December 2017

  1. A Meeting By The River is one of my favourite albums. And reportedly Cooder and Bhatt just met a little while before recording. Just goes to prove that there are no borders to genius and no barriers to music!

  2. I was a third of my way through the second piece of music and found myself thinking “can’t hear any onomatopoeia in this. What’s it meant to sound like?” I really must get out more.

    A lovely listen anyway and I’ll make a proper comment as and when my ears and brain re-attune to normal music appreciation.

  3. Short but sweet this week. Lovely flute on Sennikula, and I am ever grateful to Ravi for his continued broadening of my knowledge of Indian music. Groundswell is a beautiful bit of Scandi Jazz – languid and understated. Definitely a taste acquired. But by a short head the angel on the tree this week is the extraordinary Banu choschech legaresch. Hints of Goat and Portishead, but original with great changes of pace. Good luck with mastering it by Friday, Debby!

  4. I’ve come to this a bit late this week, what can I say.? I’ve been busy and preoccupied with various real life stuff. Anyway, I have some free time to listen now.

    P Unnikrishnan – SenikulaThere are parts of this that remind me of mediaeval and renaissance Christmas carols. I suspect that it is because the music is using keys and chord progressions that correspond to modes in European music

    Ry Cooder/Vishwa Mohan Bhatt – Longing The moment I saw Ry Cooder’s name on the track listing I knew that this would be an interesting piece of music. I wasn’t wrong. Haunting stuff. It has a hazy, blissed-out sound that makes me think of certain illicit pleasures in my past that I’ve now given up.

    Ruth Danon & ILLAY – Banu choschech legaresch Haunting is definitely the right word. A very unusual piece. Quite unlike anything else I’ve heard in a long while.

    Arve Henriksen – Groundswell The first thing I thought of when this started playing was “I bet he’s on the ECM label”. I looked him up, but he’s only had one album out on ECM, but the sound is definitely there. I have to say that I utterly loved this.

    All good this week, all wonderful music. I have to single out Arve Henriksen, though. It just matched my mood perfectly.

  5. If anyone’s still reading, that’s two weeks in a row that the Professor has blown me away. Ravi’s selection this week unsurprisingly not as much an instant hit on me as last week’s was.

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