It’s chilly November in Earwormland. I found some cut-price, instant, beetroot soup in the local shop; it appeared to be “cuppa soup”, so I tried it … OK, so the instructions were in Polish, but how difficult could it be? Long story short, you’re only supposed to use 12g to half a pint of water, but I used the whole 60g packet. I shall be in the pink for the rest of the week. Anyway, enough of that, here are this week’s worms for you. If you have a worm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3 or a link to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with a few lines about why you’ve chosen it. Many thanks to all contributors.
Bedouine – Back To You – tincanman: Her music doesn’t sound strident or angry, but being quietly subversive can speak volumes when everyone else is shouting (https://goo.gl/PTpKde): “Buying used, local, or strictly from companies that pay their employees a living wage. . . is another form of voting.”
Lykanthea – Telos – abahachi: I guess this is one of those ‘power of the internet’ things; I needed to look up a fellow academic to invite her to contribute to a volume I’m editing, discovered that she’s also a musician, found her EP on Spotify, and here we are. This is rather great, atmospheric electronica and vocals influenced by the southern Indan Carnatic style. Yes, there are points when it verges on being a less annoying Enja, and I think I’d like some more percussion, but currently I’m switching back and forth between this and the new Fever Ray album as light and dark, calm and jittery, spooky and angsty.
Portishead – Mysterons – AliM: I have been sifting through some of my late brother’s CDs; this is from the album “Dummy”, which I had completely forgotten about. It’s very evocative, and Aba’s choice reminded me of it in some way.
Gary Moore – Parisienne Walkways – Ravi Raman: I had just picked it up when Sarah came up with M for her Wheel/Tune. No Lynott vocals in this though.
Errol Walker – Better Future – severin: An up-tempo tune. A good singer. A positive message for grim times. A Lee Perry production. That’ll do me.
Soulwax – Is it Always Binary – CaroleBristol: I don’t get actual earworms that often, but this is a genuinely wormy tune. It is by Soulwax, and the worminess comes from the mad drumming and the insidious riff.