Here are the latest tunes – new and old – that I’ve listened to over the last week, the week we were meant to be on holiday. Luckily the weather held up at home and these tunes lifted the week. New stuff in the first half, older tunes at the back half.
First up is the new rocker from Songhoy Blues – the boys from Mali continue to develop their african desert sound into Stooges, Zep like territory.
Then Living in America, from the new Fontaine’s DC album, A Hero’s Death. This album has been on repeat all week. Brilliant poetic lyrics abound again but their sound is evolving from their punkier debut, towards more light and shade, post punk sounds and harmonies.
The Coral continue to spawn great solo projects – Ian Skelly and Paul Molloy all delivering their own ace variants of Mersey- psych Ian’s Drifters Skyline album was first out of the blocks this week. Jokerman is my choice from the album – ace meandering country-ish, late period Byrds guitar sound.
Moonlight Parade’s new EP, Paint the Sun, has a very tempting coloured vinyl and is a great slice of sleek acoustic psych – with a feel of the Coral. l love the high in the mix bass over the understated guitar.
With thanks to Nick Graff for the heads up, a brand new discovery this week was David Ian Roberts and his new album, From the Harbour. This is a complete album – echoey acoustic sound, reminiscent of Shack, some deep reflections on time in lockdown plus harmonies and Floydy solos woven in behind. No physical release yet and you can pledge on Kickstarter here.
Lastly on new tunes, come new Rough Trade signings Hello Forever, with their single, Everything is so hard. Fresh sounding California vocals.
On old stuff. I listened to a lot of Ride this week, in advance of their live streamed gig that didn’t quite work out technically , but we finally got the recording on Friday. Worth the wait – including a great version of Vapour Trail.
Also – a new remix from the Beloved’s The Sun Rising.
Plenty of dub from Augustus Pablo, the Ethiopians and Doctor Pablo.
Plus Sickle Clowns from the underrated Pretty Things album, Parachute – a worthy successor to the classic SF sorrow.
Also delved back into Brian Eno and David Byrne’s 1981 album, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, this track, Help Somebody, is all African rhythm, electro sounds and chining guitars. Sounds so ahead of its time.
Final tune is the epic version of Wild Wood that Paul Weller recorded with the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians a few years ago. My favourite version of my favourite Weller track. Just soars.