Well, it’s May Day Bank Holiday here in the UK, and we have some laid-back and slightly wistful offerings to ease you in gently. Wherever you are, take time out to have a listen, and don’t forget to send those nagging earworms to firstname.lastname@example.org. Many thanks.
The Moody Blues – Nights in White Satin – debbym: Caught TheBoyWonder listening to the Moody Blues and was immediately transported back to when I was his age and this was still the number one slow dance no matter what party you found yourself at. May still be for all I know, do kids still smooch these days?
Deaf Havana – Caro Padre – DsD: It’s almost time for the annual gathering of the Clayton boys at our Dad’s for his now traditional birthday barbeque. Can’t wait. In the meantime, imagine if Mike & the Mechanics’ The Living Years had instead been written by a bunch of new millennial heavy rock student buddies … oh.
Midlake – The Old and the Young – CaroleBristol: Midlake is a band that never really registered with me in the past. I am only just getting to grips with their music, once again thanks to BBC 6Music. This track is from their latest album, “Antiphon”, which I am probably going to have to buy.
Timber Timbre – This Low Commotion – glassarfemptee: Canadian outfit Timber timbre have a new album out (Hot dreams). I find them refreshingly different and unpigenholeable (is that a word?). Jon Dennis describes them as like a soundtrack for a David Lynch western. I also love Taylor Kirk’s hard edged (with a slick of honey) voice. Here’s a track that illustrates their USP nicely.
Rubus – Golden Ball – Zalamanda: A variant on Child 95 (The Maid Freed From the Gallows), this has really caught the attention of my children (ages 7 and 9). I like it, too.
Johann Pachelbel – Canon in D – goneforeign: a German Baroque composer, who died March 9, 1706, 70 years before the US got established! When I first heard this I thought it was by Bach but no, he preceded Bach by a generation. Wiki tells me that I’m late to the game, it’s been used and sampled by lots of contemporary ‘artists’.