A bright new star from Mississippi, Alva wrote this for her debut album after reading Fair and Tender Ladies, a Lee Smith novel structured as a biography told through a series of letters written by protagonist Ivy Rowe over the course of her life from shortly before World War I until the Vietnam era. http://alvaleigh.com/about/
A sensual cover version of a Chabuca Granda love song. Introverted, hypnotic and mournful, but the torch song receives a glorious, Yo-La-Tengoesque lift during the light-filled third verse.
Everything about this classic Northern soul anthem is just fabulous.
I remember seeing the video for this, the follow-up single to “Peek-A-Boo”, on The Chart Show and loving it. I saved up my pocket money, bought the Peepshow album (on cassette, natch)… and was bitterly disappointed by the rather underpowered version thereon. Here is the more muscular-sounding (far superior) single version.
Currently doing the rounds on an advert this raucous little ditty come courtesy of Australio-American noisemeisters. Sadly Guitarist Beau Velasco shuffled off this mortal coil in 2009 but the band continue in revamped form.
From the album ‘Everything You Thought Was Right Was Wrong Today’. A song I can’t call an afasarae, because I never actually get to nominate it: whatever the topic it always seems too much of a shoehorn. But what energy! And what an ACE tight horn section, no?