Emerald Suspension are definitely not going to be to everyone’s taste, but what they do is definitely going to appeal to people who like their music from somewhere Out There.
Happy Monday! It’s all very intense this week. Hope it transports you to somewhere good, it certainly works for me. Thanks for the worms, please keep ‘em coming in, by sending your chosen .mp3 or link to email@example.com, with a short paragraph about why you’ve chosen it. Thanks all.
I LIKE TRAINS – X – glassarfemptee: I know there’s a lot of love for iLiKETRAiNS out there. This is from last year’s album, ‘A divorce before marriage’. It is a sneaky track, lulling you into a false sense of security, then unleashing its real earworm at 4 and half minutes in. Then you’re done for.
Jon Hopkins – Immunity – DsD: I’m feeling more than a little bruised at the moment – emotionally, not physically. I don’t wish to elaborate and don’t need sympathy, but I am self-medicating with music. This ten-minute cocktail of JH’s electronica and KA’s falsetto, taken just before bedtime, tends to help me sleep as well as any massage or alcohol would.
Indian Ocean – Tandanu – Ravi Raman: Title track of their seventh album which also features the current line-up and has seven songs featuring seven different collaborations. Tandanu is just a rhythmic word and has no special meaning. The song is based on an old folk song from Karnataka.
Year of No Light – Perséphone (Enna) – AliM: I’m in the same place as DsD. Well, not literally because that would be weird and stalkerish. But my answer is to be noisy about it because otherwise it will fester. So here is a brilliant number, which I’ve already shared with Ravi; discovered courtesy of Spotify, and just the ticket. Best loud, with speakers/headphones.
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More new music for you this Sunday – have a listen and leave your comments below. Many thanks to all contributors.
The Big Drops – Baskets of Love: Latest single from NJ-based band The Big Drops which premiered recently on Impose who said, “With guitar work like Brian Setzer, ‘Baskets of Love’ is a fun song that is unlike anything new you can download today.” The band also shared, “‘Baskets Of Love’ is our dabbling & appreciation of the early rock and roll days of Elvis, Yardbirds, The Kinks… The good stuff we grew up listening to.'”
Riley Smith – I’m On Fire: New single – “Riley Smith vocals and songwriting stunningly blend country rock, hard-hitting soulful Americana and modern pop for a sound rarely found in music today. No secret to those familiar with his lead role on the popular TV show “Nashville”, Smith’s gritty, yet smooth, singing voice and charismatic presence have built him a career on stage and screen. Acting in popular shows like “True Blood”, “True Detective”, and his latest lead, on The CW’s “Frequency”, got him out in front of the people. His love for music introduced him to them in a way unlike any other role he has played.” Five-song EP due out on July 21.
TAWLS – 2+2: “The Adventures of Wonderchild and Little Seal (TAWLS) bring you a dance-friendly incarnation of boppy indie-pop in their debut single… Wonderchild (Anna-Kat) and Little Seal (Ronan Chapple) were part of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts’ graduating class of 2015, and have both released singles of their own since then.”
Jack Ladder – Susan: “Jack Ladder… has just released his new single Susan, the first new music from Ladder and his band The Dreamlanders since their 2014 acclaimed album ‘Playmates’, which featured Sharon Van Etten on two tracks. Ladder’s baritone still sounds amazing and the track has a slow, disco feel to it. He’s supported the likes of Florence And The Machine, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten Weyes Blood and Alex Cameron over the last year or so, so he’s someone that’s mixing in the right circles.”
Will McKay – Somebody Else: From his recently released EP “Will McKay” – “Will McKay is a 24-year-old singer/songwriter from the UK, with an eclectic range of styles in the vein of psychedelic folk, pop rock, blues, jazz and country. McKay started playing music at age 16 as a guitarist. When McKay was 20, songwriting became his main focus. McKay strives for uniquely infectious songs, achieving memorable moments with creative songwriting. As evidenced on the tracks “Somebody Else”, with its trippy organ and symphonic flourishes, and the soulful sax-laden pull of “Too Much of a Good Thing”, McKay is a talented singer/songwriter with a diverse sound.”
The Last Port – Say You Will (ft. Tequisha): From Parisian producer The Last Port – “Born in 1986 in Metz, France, Raphaël V. started to learn the cello at the age of 7, and never stopped since then. After a childhood spent in classical classes, he started to have a huge interest in Indie Rock, and learnt the guitar, along with the drums and the piano, and practiced with a few bands. After moving to Paris in the middle of the 2000s, he discovered a huge electronic scene and started electronic composition. With his project The Last Port started four years ago, he wanted to bring together his taste for atmospheric sounds, long buildups and post-rockish guitars, and electronic music with heavy beats and rhythms. Since the birth of the project, he has released three EPs, a good number of remixes and collaborations with singers all around the world.”
LeRichie – Under Covers: From Canadian indie-pop artist LeRiche’s upcoming EP “X-Dreamer”, “the track’s yearning vocals and cluttering percussions remind of Fleet Foxes’ rolling melodies and Local Natives emotionally cathartic choruses.” Released on Fierce Panda records.
Alex Siegel – Good Leg: “Alex Siegel is a musician, songwriter and producer based in Santa Monica, California. His debut album Röykkä, out on 5/20/17, is the fruit of recording sessions after Alex met producer Matti Kari in a hostel in Moscow. “Good Leg” is a cut from the release. “With this album, I was in a prolific period of songwriting,” Alex explains. “In ‘Good Leg’, I’m reflecting on youth and the journey to finding oneself and discovering what you’re made of, what you believe in.” Alex is a longtime collaborator with Waterstrider. He is also a touring drummer with Nine Pound Shadow and keyboardist/guitarist with Omar Velasco and the Mother Tongues.”
Zipper Club – Breath: New single. “US act Zipper Club are fronted by Mason James, who founded Cerebral Ballzy and well known model and musician Lissy Trullie. They played an incredibly well received set at Coachella, which saw them perform with mate and Tears For Fears founder Curt Smith. http://www.wmagazine.com/story/zipper-club-lissie-trullie-mason-james-coachella It’s a bit Chvrches, The Knife, School Of Seven Bells”.
Jesuton – Man Of My Life: “Every artist has to tread their own musical journey; East London’s JESUTON has forged a path like no other. Since choosing to pursue a musical career in Brazil she rapidly went from busking on the streets of Rio to being watched by 20 million people on some of Brazil’s biggest TV shows, becoming a household name along the way. The young singer proudly announces the release of her debut album of original material ‘Home’ and sets her sights on making moves back in the UK with a more UK/Euro-centric collection of songs.
‘Home’ album (out 31st March) streams: http://www.somlivre.lnk.to/Jesuton_HOME
The Wheel of Your Tune works like this; I metaphorically turn my spinning top to reveal a random letter and number. The letter relates to an artist or the name of an album in my collection and the number relates to the track by that artist or on that album. This week’s spin landed on H5.
My H5 track is Herbie Hancock – Black Gravity from his Future 2 Future album.
What’s your H5 track?
I was out of the country for The Eurovision Song contest. This annual musical fiesta used to be a staple of my childhood, but it’s been years since I watched it all the way through. I don’t have the attention span or patience for a programme of that length often offering mostly dodgy tunes. When I did used to watch it regulalry, I was fascinated by the difference in musical styles and fashions; what I thought was dreadful would be amazing to a Belgian. I also used to love cackling along as Terry Wogan giggled his way through the presentation. It’s not been the same for me since he stopped doing it. Baa humbug – what a miserablist I can be!
While Eurovision was going on, I was in Mallorca. The bars played a mixture of music I recognised from my daughter’s chart playlist and Europop my ears had never heard before and wasn’t at all offensive. On the plane home I flicked through SleazyJet’s in-flight magazine and came across an article titled “How To Be Bigger Than Björk” I wasn’t about to let that one pass without reading it. The article is an interview with Icelandic musician, Ásgeir and describes his sound as a mix between Ben Howard and James Blake – so far so good. I had a listen once I was home and over my cycling fatigue. It’s really quite lovely; the journalist’s description is pretty accurate, I would also add a hint of Mumford and Sons too. I can’t say he’ll be a permanent feature of my playlists yet it was an interesting discovery.
It made me realise there must be hundreds of artists doing well in their own nations and territories of Europe that are relatively unknown to listeners outside their homeland. Don’t get me wrong, I know and love plenty of European bands and musicians – because they are played on UK radio. I tend not to seek out musical gems unless it’s made known to me first or recommended by a friend. Call it ignorance or laziness – I also don’t have the time. That’s where you come in! I want you to tell me about European gems you’ve come across that deserve a wider audience outside their homeland.
Yet again ‘Spillers I come to you to fill in the gaps in my musical knowledge. What can you tell me about all this and who else should I be tracking down?
So the Eurovision Song Contest has been and gone for another year, and Portugal have taken out the prize for the first time in their history. Congratulations to them, especially for doing it with a song fully in Portugese rather than taking the more common path of pandering to the international audiences and singing in English.
Anyway, I can’t say I religiously watched the telecast of the event, but I did catch some bits and pieces along the way, and I might have to quietly admit to enjoying it. Not so much the quality of the music, which I will tactfully say is “variable at best”, but as a spectacle it’s a bit of harmless fun and often good for a laugh. I still don’t understand what my home country is doing there though (did I miss that geography lesson at school?)
A man often labelled a monster has just died. It’s hard to disagree with the label here: a creature who seemed to lack empathy and to enjoy cruelty.
Or is perhaps just big and scaly, or hairy and colossal, or blue and furry. Monsters come in many forms, human, animal and even alien. They also come in many films, so let’s hear about them.
I’ll kick off with the most powerful examination of a human monster I’ve ever seen, Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act Of Killing.
What films about monsters would you recommend?