Tuesday, 21 February 2017
Eat Lights Become Lights have a new one out soon. Back in 2014 they released Into Forever which included this beautiful, stargazing ten minute album closer. A lot of their output is krautrock inspired, busy mechanical rhythms and psychey drones. This one is celestial and introspective and could be double the length and not get boring
Monday, 20 February 2017
I found this the other day on Twitter. Admittedly the photo drew me in first but the music is well worth your attention if you're after something new. JGrrey is from South London and has a six track ep out now, a blend of hazy soul and something modern. I'm particularly enjoying the voice and echo trumpet versus beats on Your GF Can't Kick It and the r 'n'b-isms of L.O.V.E. This all sounds really now.
Sunday, 19 February 2017
Not content with giving us an Andrew Weatherall radio show every month NTS Radio have now given David Holmes a two hour window to broadcast in. If you got Holmes' Late Night Tales album last year you'll have an idea of where he's at at the moment. God's Waiting Room takes in soundtracks, library recordings, psych, rock 'n' roll and other recordings from the further extremities of a man's record collection. No tracklist though so your guess in many cases is as good as mine. In fact your guess may be better than mine.
Saturday, 18 February 2017
If you're after something new and a tad unsettling then you could do worse than have a look at this. Harvey Sharman Dunn had an old upright piano, much loved but knackered. It had to go but before it did he recorded the sound of all the keys (some in tune, some less so). He's now used those samples, decorated and distorted them, to create an album called Tales From The Ghost Piano which is pretty in places, spooky in others and downright freaked out elsewhere.
It is free/pay what you want from Bandcamp. Get it here.
Harvey has also included a cover of Sparklehorse's It's A Wonderful Life, one of the bleakest songs I've ever enjoyed.
Friday, 17 February 2017
I was watching a programme about India recently and this song, Ananda Shankar's sitar version of Jumpin' Jack Flash was playing in the background. My first reaction was 'all those thousands of songs played by Indian musicians and they have to choose a Stones cover, bah humbug, grumble grumble etc'. But then I checked myself and thought 'well, Ananda Shankar was a Bengali musician so there is that' and 'the song is a magnificent blast so stop being stupid'. I think I first became aware of it thanks to David Holmes' Essential Selection where it fitted in perfectly with that mid 90s pick 'n' mix aesthetic, rock and roll and funk and soul and everything else too.
Jumpin' Jack Flash
Thursday, 16 February 2017
If you needed another reason to order Timothy J Fairplay's debut album Where Is The Champion? this has just been put up, a fast moving and intense synth trip. The video, while looking like a computer game, is made up of real life footage.
The video for Autoduel is more like one of the games in those the coin operated, arcade games machines. There was a car stereo fitters at the top of the road where I grew up, Transound. We'd happily feed the machines with 10 pence pieces 'til we ran out while 1980s cars got fitted out with state of the art sound systems. The music here sounds like a drive round town long after dark.
The advert for Moon War above, a 1981 arcade game, knows exactly what younger teenage boys (video games most enthusiastic players) were/are interested in.
Wednesday, 15 February 2017
How many Moon Duo albums does one need? By my count the Portland, Oregon pair have put out four in seven years and I like them all, especially 2015's Shadow Of The Sun. The latest, Occult Architecture Vol 1, is part one of a two part set, one doing darkness and the second light. Part of me thought my bank balance could probably do without another two Moon Duo albums. Do I really need any more Moon Duo? And then I listened to Cold Fear. Two chord fuzz drenched motorik bliss. I'm in.