S&M#2: Now known as EARWORMS OF THE WEEK

Sam Amidon – How Come That Blood
Sam Amidon’s new record is due soon, and if this is any indication it should be a treat. I love the off-kiltar arrangements, and how they juxtapose with his voice (he has the sort of voice that sounds old, not in age, but like it’s coming from another era) Anyway, this is what folk sounds like in 2010
- lambretinha
Trwbador – Little Lights
Nepotism alert – Owain Gwilym, the musical force behind this bilingual Welsh/English folktronica duo, is MrStepAbahachi – but, having listened to their new EP once out of duty, I’ve had it on steady rotation ever since. Lovely, fragile, not at all what I expected. More tracks available at http://www.myspace.com/trwbador…;
- Abahachi

Ken ParkerGroovin’ In Style
I’ve always liked the Ken Parker tune on my Nice Up The Dance compilation, and recently I treated myself to a 25 song CD of just Ken Parker. Some of it is almost un-listenable, because of the production, but there are some real gems on there, and I think this is one. I like the opening chords; I like his voice, which even when singing a happy song like this has a wistful quality. I love the lyrics to this song. It’s not just a don’t-worry-be-happy song (though there’s nothing wrong with that, I suppose.) To me it has a deeper, more soulful quality to the peaceful feeling that it describes…
- Steen

Willard Grant ConspiracyThe Work Song
Currently riding high in both the current playlist, and “Oh the irony” charts chez DsD (actually, en voiture de DsD would be more accurate) is this aural relaxant from my favourite baritone.
- DsD

Opal Fell From The Sun
This is from one of my favourite chill-out albums (“Early Recordings”), but I only own it on vinyl so don’t play often – was driven to dig it out again by a letter in the current “Record Collector”, which suggests it might be a cover of a Pale Saints song. The reverse is the case – the Saints (themselves a Great Lost Band) covered Opal. I think that this recording meets the dictionary definition of the word ravishing: “unusually pleasing or striking”. Psychedelic folk at its spaciest; David Roback’s filigree guitar is a thing of wonder. Opal (aka Clay Allison) were a dry-run for the better-known Mazzy Star; it’s a matter of pride to me that Guru Rob A-listed this obscure band’s “Harriet Brown” (…aka Greta Garbo) for RRSA Actors, way back in the Silver Age.”
- Shiv

Thea Gilmore - Sol Invictus
More from Shiv: (Musing on the solar theme tin, why don’t you nominate Thea Gilmore’s “Sol Invictus”? – it would make a very compatible roommate to “Fell From The Sun”, and this is exactly the right time of year to be looking to the Sun to rise, rise, rise…).
- Obedient Tin

Topo - Colores
Colores by Topo is from 1982 but has recently found its way back into my collection. It’s about taking time to stop, look and notice the colours and other beautiful things that surround us. It’s a very simple song with very simple lyrics – It’s the colours that make me feel good”. It’s very simplicity and the “breath of fresh air” lyrics just make me feel happy. The thirty second fade out of repeating chorus is a tad annoying, I know, but this song always manages to cheer me up
- Makinavaja

This is the second in our new S(pill) & M(usic) weekly playlist feature. Next week (email by next Tuesday please) could we have earworms from May1366, CaroleB and Blimpy to get us started. That leaves 3-4 slots for anyone else (open to all) who’s got a song to share but doesn’t want to do a full post.

As for a name, we can stick with S&M or have another. Shiv came up with Ravin’ Faves, the title of a proto-RR column in the old anglophile US fanzine “Trouser Press” back in the 70s/early 80. Then there’s more predictable fare like Spill Weekly Playlist.

Sam Amidon – How Come That Blood
Trwbador – Little Lights
Ken Parker – Groovin’ In Style (AKA Groovin out on Life
Willard Grant Conspiracy – The Work Song
Opal – Fell From The Sun
Thea Gilmore – Sol Invictus
Topo – Colores

Starting next week, this feature shall be known as the Spill’s Earworms of the Week. Anyone with an earworm to contribute can email it with a couple lines of explanation to rr@tincanland.com.

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