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Soundtracks of Our Lives week ending 18 November 2017 CE
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Edited Nov 19, 2017, 22:46
Re: Soundtracks of Our Lives week ending 18 November 2017 CE
Nov 19, 2017, 22:43
James Holden & The Animal Spirits – s/t. Loved The Inheritors, his last album, which was trancey electronica with a strange folky/pagan bent – this one takes things even further, basically turning into kraut-jazz systems music, a bit like, err, Alice Coltrane meets Phil Glass, or something. Anyway, sounds pretty great on first listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwROTPYgFDs

Goran Kafjes Subtropic Arkestra – The Reason Why Vol. 3. Norwegian trumpeter and band interpret other people’s songs with a jazz rock gusto. Good, though think that vol. 2 has the edge. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAr4nOxKd4Y

Chew – A Fine Accoutrement. Very modern sounding stoner/psych/prog instrumentals, which crucially actually throw in a few hooks: https://3dchew.bandcamp.com/album/a-fine-accoutrement

Olavi Louhivuori – Immediate Music 1. Drummer/band leader from Finnish post-rock orchestra Odderang goes improv. Heavy cosmic dronery ensues, but it’s pretty great when he’s hammering the skins: https://soundcloud.com/svart-records/olavi-louhivuori-immediate-music-i

Melanie De Biasio – Lilies. Love MDB, heavy-lidded harbinger of the 3am existential crisis blues: https://melaniedebiasio.bandcamp.com/track/your-freedom-is-the-end-of-me

Melange – Viento Bravo. Spanish group who really really like Camel. Lovers of that soft jazz prog sound will dig this bigly: https://melangemadrid.bandcamp.com/album/viento-bravo

Mike Wexler – Syntropy. I really liked his last one, Dispossession, like an occult version of Nick Drake. This is less sepulchral, though still better than most singer/songwriter fare: https://soundcloud.com/three-four-records/sets/mike-wexler-syntropy

Stray – Saturday Morning Pictures. A great band who never quite made it into the first division. This is cited by some as their best album (though I think the debut is still my fave), even if the vocals have suddenly gone all Acton-via-Alabama. Some great riffs and some really energetic playing (Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris was a big fan), but it’s perhaps the lack of any real killer tracks that ultimately meant they were never going to hit the big time. The most evil fuzz bass here though: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvJ6epdC8w0

Listen With Father:

Running through the comp of great rock 45s that I put together. Joan Jett’s ‘I Love Rock & Roll’ is the favourite at the moment, but closely followed by ‘Highway to Hell’, quintessential school run music. I’m sure Malcolm would have approved.

U is for…

Union Carbide Productions – The Golden Age Of… I remember seeing this lot’s name in the music press in the late 80s and just assumed they were some grunty industrial band. Actually, they were a fantastic bunch of Swedish reprobates in love with the Stooges and the Stones, and pretty keen that everybody knew it. Yeah, even at the time, there were hundreds of bands ploughing the same furrow, but this lot really got it – their debut album was referred to as Raw Power’s unofficial follow-up, and that’s not hyperbole by any means. Anyway, this is a comp of their four albums and there’s not a duff track here. (And perhaps most pertinently for this thread, UCP were Ebbot Lundberg’s first group, the man who went on to form The Soundtrack Of Our Lives). A real brain blaster: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ub5zBa3aoyk
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