“Music is the cup which holds the wine of silence.”
Charlie Haden and Carla Bley – Silence
I don’t know if this will divide opinion. It certainly takes a long time to get nowhere in particular but I find it utterly mesmeric, much like the (Haden and Bley arranged) Liberation Music Orchestra take on We Shall Overcome. This is sustained, mournful minimalism and every splinter of emotion is felt all the more like a death knell.
Horse – Careful
Zalamanda’s “Wichita Lineman” nom reminded me of this late 80s single, the B-side of which was Horse’s take on the song. One of several records from that era that were forever being re-released in the hope of making them a hit (see also “Mary’s Prayer”, “Dignity”, etc). I’ll be interested to hear what people think of this. I veer between loving it and thinking that that bizarrely tremulous foghorn voice is doing battle with the strings (and the lyric) rather than complementing them.
Yoshida Brothers – Storm
From the recently-purchased Best Of Yoshida Brothers – ありがとうございます。Sakura-chan – I give you a shoo-in for the theme to the next Oriental-located Bond/Bourne/Powers/Johnny English film.
When Saints Go Machine – Fall Forever (Nicolas Jaar Remix)
This track, Fall Forever, from Danish electro-pop band When Saints Go Machine, is too good not to send in. After Efterklang, I’m beginning to think there’s something good in the water in Copenhagen.
Davy Spillane Band and Rory Gallagher – One for Phil
Davy Spillane plays the uilleann (Irish) pipes, and Rory Gallagher hums and plays guitar on this much-too-short tribute to Phil Lynott. Rory Gallagher probably needs no introduction, but Davy Spillane may be less well-known. He was a founder member of Moving Hearts with Christy Moore and Donal Lunny in the early ’80s. He has subsequently worked with many other musicians including Rory Gallagher and Andy Irvine. His album “East Wind” (with Andy Irvine) inspired Riverdance in the mid ’90s. I think he is a fantastic musician and I love this track, but if you don’t like the pipes, best move on to the next selection!
Ella Baila Sola – Amores de Barra
Marta and Marilia were a duo that wrote songs about being young in mid nineties urban Spain. Great observers of the fauna inhabiting the night. This one’s about one night stands or “Bar counter love” as they decided to call them. The lyrics are excellent – right down to the make up quickly applied in the loo to make sure of getting their man.
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