Earworms 18 September 2017

Good morning! More juicy worms for you, and quite a varied selection. Please note that Mogwai start off very quietly, so as to bring you gently into Monday. If you have an earworm you would like to share, please send it to: earworm@tincanland.com, together with a few lines about why you’ve chosen it. Many thanks to all contributors.

Mogwai – Another Country’s Sun – abahachi: I imagine that most people reading this will long since have made up their minds about Mogwai, and will either have been listening avidly to the new album since it was released last week, or will be completely indifferent to this. But I don’t care… 

Rostam – Don’t Let It Get To You – Magicman: Even with only a half of the album released at the time of writing Rostam’s ‘Half-Light’ will clearly be my Album Of The Year.  Shades of Vampire Weekend, of course, which actually is a relief because I love their records very much, but much much else besides – no two songs sound alike, from the George Harrison drenched ‘Wood’ (Rostam is Iranian-American) to the strange choric 21st century pop of EOS.  Bloody marvellous!

Mighty Baby – Egyptian Tomb – CaroleBristol: Mighty Baby were a band that existed from 1968-71. The band’s most noteworthy member was the late Martin Stone who went on to play in Chilli Willi and the Red Hot Peppers, The Pink Fairies, 101ers and many other bands. This track is from their eponymous 1969 debut album and is called Egyptian Tomb. I like the jazzy feel and the rather good guitar work, courtesy of Martin Stone and Alan ‘Bam’ King, who went on to be a founding member of Ace, of How Long fame.

UFO – The Coming of Prince Kajuku – AliM: Sarah’s Wheel of Your Tune last week reminded me of UFO’s excellent second album, “Flying (Space Rock)” (1971), which I only had on cassette. Now remedied by downloading a re-mastered version for a princely £2.99. “Flying” is on side 2 and is over 26 minutes long, so I’ve chosen a shorter instrumental track for you.

George Thorogood – Pictures From Life’s Other Side – Ravi Raman: From his recently released Party Of One. My favourite acquisition so far this year. Flubs and all I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

The Albion Band – Poor Old Horse – severin: From 1978 – unless my memory is playing up I think John Peel described this as a land shanty. There are certainly no nautical references despite the shanty-like format. Very odd lyric, in fact. Did he say “the cheeks of her arse”? I think he did. Anyway, If you like English folk rock this is a treat. If not it probably isn’t. I think it is.

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Sounds on Sunday 47

More new sounds on Sunday for you. Hope you find something to enjoy, and please feel free to comment below. Many thanks to all contributors.

Tove Styrke – Mistakes: Newly released single from this Swedish singer-songwriter. A platinum selling and Grammy nominated artist in her native Sweden, Tove Styrke has been on a fast rise since the release of Kiddo, bolstered by striking lead single, “Borderline,” as well as strong follow-ups, “Ego” and “Number One.” The album paved the way for a full North American headline tourSXSW appearances, a performance on Late Night with Seth Meyers and widespread critical acclaim.

Jim Button – Just A Little Less: “Only a few years ago while curing herself from her anxiety of sleeping in the dark while hiking through Norway the woman that goes by the name of Jim Button decided to go for a career in songwriting. The back then photographer wanted to write songs. Songs for others to perform. To do so she simply taught herself to play six chords on the guitar and got started. It did not take too long until she realised that there was more to her songs. From that moment on she wrote for herself as well.”

Topia – Lay It On The Line: “Born from a love of euphoric and gothic pop, Los Angeles electronic duo TOPIA, consisting of Jack Payne and Jack Guimon, set out to explore that yin and yang… “Lay It on the Line” is a track that deals with emotional honesty, specifically about how it’s difficult to explain how you feel about something or someone, but it’s always worth it to make that effort. It’s a leap of faith, hoping the feelings will be reciprocated, while coming to grips with the possibility they won’t be.”

Patrick Joseph – Waiting to Begin: New single. “Pittsburgh native, Los Angeles resident & Award-Winning singer/songwriter Patrick Joseph has been active in the music world for years now, having toured extensively … With the support of music licensing, having landed dozens of film and TV placements (including The Office, Grey’s Anatomy, Gossip Girl), and the support of influential independent radio such as KCRW and KEXP, Joseph has independently forged a spot for himself as one of LA’s brightest young songwriters and rising stars on the indie scene.”

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Earworms 11 September 2017

More eclecticism for you on a Monday morning, hope it gets your day off to a good start. If you have an earworm you would like to share, please send an .mp3 or link to: earworm@tincanland.com, together with a few lines about why you’ve chosen it. Many thanks to all contributors.

Susanne Sundfør – Undercover – severin: It’s supposed to be “earworms” so here I am, sending in what I hope will be the most “earwormy” track from Susanne Sundfor’s new album. The one that was released as a taster/single before the whole package. The album’s a bit of a change from her last two releases. Less electronic and, according to some, less instantly accessible. Although I have been playing it incessantly for the past three days since it arrived. Frankly, every track is an earworm for me right now. Even “Sounds of War”; the 7’ 49” track I first thought of sending.

Bruno Merz – Whisper Turn – AliM: Originally from New Zealand, Bruno currently lives in the UK. His popularity grew worldwide following the success of his 2014 debut album “Highways”, and single, “Emmeline”. In 2015, he also wrote a classical score for the Northern Ballet’s children’s production “Tortoise and the Hare”. This is the first rather lovely single from the album ‘Whisper Turn‘, which is due for release in early 2018.

Janiva Magness – Long As I Can See The Light – glassarfemptee: Janiva Magness is a leading light in the Americana scene, and here she belts out a song she wrote and released last year, which has a classic chooglin’ feel to it.

Ich & Ich – Vom selben Stern – abahachi: One of the odder aspects of listening to German radio a lot – for the traffic reports, for example – is discovering what they consider to be “classics from the 80s to today”; not just the eclectic mixture of, say, REM, Blondie, Visage, Girls Aloud and U2, but also the home-grown acts. This, from 2007, seemed to be on heavy rotation this summer.

Karrin Allyson – Everybody’s Boppin’ – Ravi Raman: – an impulse buy after hearing it in a playlist. Didn’t know anything about her or the backing band which impressed me the most. The album is “Footprints”.

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Sounds on Sunday 46

More new sounds to investigate this Sunday, I hope you find something to enjoy and feel free to comment, below. Many thanks to all contributors.

Floral Couches – Ketamine Dreaming: “Chicago-based Floral Couches, the project of Cody Gray, released his new album “Electric Fever” a few weeks ago. One of its highlights, “Ketamine Dreaming” is a nice display of Floral Couches’ late-night atmospheric development and knack for emerging, twinkling hooks — present here just past the one-minute mark, with twangy guitars entering the fold shortly thereafter.”

Instantempire – Shapeshifting: “Instant Empire is a rock group from Denver that formed nearly eight years ago. Since then, they have released three EPs and a couple of LPs, the most recent of which – Last of the Lovers – was released on August 8th. The five-piece crafted the album with a concept centering around “the relentless march of time … consumed with finding grace and beauty in life’s tiny moments.””

Polartropica – Olympia: “New single … from whimsical space pop/bubble gum psych artist Polartropica. The track entitled ‘Olympia’ utilizes J-Pop characteristics, with shimmering dreamlike vocals, creating an electro-pop anthem. Thematically influenced by the movements for rights and equality during the presidential elections, as well as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics trailer, it’s a rallying cry with an energizing and upbeat message.”

The High Crook – Baby Do You Know: “The High Crook is a blues/rock band from Kolkata … the capital of India’s West Bengal state. They formed in late 2013, channeling a love for blues, pop, and rock ‘n’ roll… Anirban Roy plays a groovy bass line complementing Aditya Dutta’s powerful drum rolls. Arjun Mukherjee does a phenomenal job on the guitar and vocals, proving the calibre of the band which bagged the winners’ title in MICANVAS Coke Studio and IIT Kharagpur, Springfest.”

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Earworms 4 September 2017

Good morning campers, Autumn is upon us and I have harvested some fresh Earworms for you. If you have an earworm you’d 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. Many thanks to all contributors.

Hariprasad Chaurasia,  Shiv Kumar Sharma – Twilight Zone – Ravi Raman: From a wonderful album called Shikara By Moonlight. Though I don’t know why Chaurasia is credited here, as it is all Sharma on santoor.

The Tuts – Let Go Of the Past – severin: All female British trio, currently playing the circuit to great acclaim. Feminist and often anti-nostalgic lyrics. They have caused a bit of controversy with a couple of run-ins with gig promoters. Great music though. I saw them supporting The Rezillos last year and was hugely impressed.

Angel Forrest – Hold on Tight, Mr. I’m Alright – tincanmanCanada’s queen of live blues wrote this song about lead guitarist Ricky Paquette. It’s strictly low-budget touring Canada’s bars and small halls, most of it in a van, but Ricky never complains. “Any time I ask him if he’s hanging in there his answer is always the same: ‘I’m all right.”

The Skullers – Meet Me In Memphis: A welcome bit of rock amongst all the synth pop, this is the new single from The Skullers, an NJ based band whose forthcoming EP, Meet The Skullers, is due out on September 22nd via Mint 400 Records.

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Labrose – debut single, Disguise

I’ve featured the honeyed vocals of  Victor Taylor Perry on “Sounds on Sunday” in the past. Now, he has teamed up with Alisdair Mason to form the band Labrose, and has shared the band’s first single with us. Victor’s accomplished vocal gives this ballad a chill, Autumnal feel while the subtle backing adds to its charm. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon. You can read more and follow the band here.

Sounds on Sunday 45

Here’s some more Sunday sounds for you, a shorter list than usual as I ran out of time. My fave this week is Noah Gundersen, still time to catch him in London or Manchester if you’re quick.

Ray Monsky – Royalty: Ray Monsky is an upcoming Future Electronica musician from the UK. This is his new single, released on 30 August. “Following on from his Do Better debut – ‘I’m Too Confident’, Royalty is another vocal heavy, upbeat melodic slice of future bass. Featuring some nifty vocal edits, the track effortlessly swaps between catchy female vocal sample based choruses and Ray’s signature vocal laden verses.”

Elijah James and the Nightmares – That Girl: “Indie-rock eight piece from Liverpool … Drawing influences from Elliott Smith, Joy Division and Pixies, Elijah James writes spellbinding melodies around thoughtful lyrics, that are brought to life with his dynamic baritone voice and band of accomplished musicians who weave the intricate instrumentation around his captivating stories. (Their) debut EP, will be released Live From Elevator Studios, on Saturday September 9th.”

Typeface – Someone Else: “Here’s a big song from a small town. Typeface is a partly electronic indie rock band from the town of Jyväskylä in Finland. The guys have been playing together since they were kids, and because of that they’re known as one of the greatest live acts you’ll find in Finland. That didn’t fully translate into recordings, though, before they were approached by the producer Jaani Peuhu, who is also known as Iconcrash … Someone Else is the first single out of a bunch of great songs they recorded together in an old wooden house outside of the city of Jyväskylä, in the middle of nowhere.”

Jaws of Love – Hawaiian License Plates: Local Natives’ songwriter, vocalist and pianist Kelcey Ayer side project as Jaws of Love … Having recently announced his upcoming debut album, ‘Tasha Sits Close to the Piano’, set for release via K-Rizzla/House Arrest as DL on 22nd September, with the UK CD and gatefold coloured vinyl release following up on 3rd November.”

Noah Gundersen – The Sound: “The Seattle-based musician is known for his deep and melodic explorations of relationships and religion, and is now back with a heavier and more powerful new sound, drawing comparisons with Jeff Buckley and The War On Drugs. The single is taken from Noah’s upcoming album ‘White Noise’ out 22nd September.” There are two upcoming UK gigs: 11.09.17. London Borderline, and 12.09.17. Manchester Night & Day.

Opāru – The Deep End: “Opāru is the stunning musical endeavour of Los Angeles based songwriter, singer and actress Dianna St. Hilaire … Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, St. Hilaire started to write and perform music at a very young age in choir and musicals. Self taught, her first instrument was the piano and she worked tirelessly at the craft of reading and writing music.” This is her new single.