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Soundtracks of Our Lives week ending 9 December 2017 CE
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Re: Soundtracks of Our Lives week ending 9 December 2017 CE
Dec 10, 2017, 19:46
Richard Youngs – Belief. Mr Youngs has apparently released 140 albums, and here he is with the next one, which is comparatively ‘straight’ – almost singer/songwriter – compared to some of his more experimental work. On saying that, even at his most obtuse, he’s always worth a listen, certainly compared to a lot of the avant crowd that The Wire likes to write about… Anyway, quite a bit of this is rather lovely, and his voice is just wonderful (Robert Wyatt fans in particular might want to bend an ear to this if you don’t know RY: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yosxqxGHCus )

Jozef van Wissem – Nobody Living Can Ever Make Me Turn Back. Supremely gloomy, lutes are well goth innit. (I have literally no idea what’s going on in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgxm60Ue8Fo )

Death And Vanilla – The Tenant. Alternative soundtrack/Ghost Box-lite territory. Have seen various people rave about these guys, but I couldn’t find much to get too excited about here: https://deathandvanillamusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-tenant

Ouzo Bazooka – Songs From 1001 Nights. This might essentially be a modern updating of that Anatolian psych/Erkin Koray sound, but it is still nicely rocking: https://ouzobazooka.bandcamp.com/album/songs-from-1001-nights

Gwenno – Le Kov. Better on second listen, even if she does get a bit Enya in places.

James Holden & The Animal Spirits – s/t. Did a great looking show in my neck of the woods the other night. I managed to miss it…

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Polygondwandaland. Nothing else really matches that fantastic opening track, but they’ve got an interesting psych prog sound going on here.

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Highlights from the compilation this week…

Boston – ‘More Than A Feeling’. Frankly, AOR could have started and stopped here. Just a perfect song, and that high note towards the end… Jesus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSR6ZzjDZ94 (Only recently realised that those flying saucers on the cover are actually guitars… doh!)

Judas Priest – ‘Diamonds And Rust’. If proof we needed that the Priest were always far more than just another metal band, there’s this utterly magnificent Joan Baez cover. Galloping pop rock perfection, and an incredible performance from Rob Halford. Remember listening to this as a pre-teen, and wondering what on earth it might be about… Baez loved it apparently: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLDazyvMMGw
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