You could do a lot worse than to start your working week with these well selected musical treats filling your hearts and minds by Dewey Saunders and Ash Boon Pierce. Spiritual, soulful, passionate and programmed perfectly - from 60's folk funk to well, Cliff Richard!
One of so many great songs in the Talking Heads catalogue, taken from their last truly great studio album Little Creatures. The collage animation will appeal to many who frequent this blog - it's super charming and fits the song perfectly.
The video was the first created by Jim Blashfield, who pioneered a collage-animation style with his short film, Suspicious Circumstances. That got the attention of Talking Heads, which wanted a similar motif for their "And She Was" video. The resulting clip earned MTV Video Music Award nominations for Best Group Video and Best Concept Video. Blashfield was commissioned for more videos in this style; his work can be seen in "The Boy in the Bubble" (Paul Simon), "Sowing the Seeds of Love" (Tears For Fears) and "Leave Me Alone" (Michael Jackson). The song is about an acid trip. According to David Byrne, it was written about a girl he knew who used to take LSD in a field next to the Yoo-Hoo drink factory. - via
25 year old Norwegian women Catharina Stoltenberg and Henriette Motzfeldt are Smerz.
Signed to XL Recordings, the duo make experimental pop with the perfect combination of light and shade, the bitter and the sweet and a sense of cool melancholy wrapped in menace and boredom.
A most gorgeous gem from Perth, Australia's Wilson Tanner released in 2016 - Gentle, relaxing music with sounds to help you drive slower and longer! Warm sun, LPG and fruits de mer are translated into a postcard from paradise.
About the Musicians:
"Setting up camp where the Swan River meets the Indian Ocean, Wilson and Tanner tuned into nature, translating the warm sun, sea air and blue sky into a postcard from paradise. Lithe clarinet dances around tranquil piano, relaxed guitar decorates velvet synth textures and unhurried percussion makes an occasional appearance, as if to remind us that time’s still passing. Employing an innovative alfresco recording technique, Andy and John invited members of the local animal community to join their jam sessions, saving a Blue Swimmer Crab from the flames of the barbecue and encouraging him to claw the ivories."
One of the longest standing music blogs dedicated to sounds unheard, well forgotten or simply obscure, is Italian site Boxes Of Toys. I only just discovered that it has migrated to Soundcloud and it's a must for those of you who like to seek out sounds that you won't hear anywhere else, be it French electro from the 80's, bulgarian folk funk, island breezing Balearics, psyche-swamp-stompers...the list goes on and on.
Finnish producer Saine (Lauri Saine) brings the abstract head nodders and foot shufflers on this recent album for the Omena label.This is one for fans of that Four tet/Caribou school of mixing beats, elements of folk and psyche rock, pastoral sounds and experimental twists and turns.
A wistful, romantic and heartfelt collection of oldies here from folk troubadour Findlay Brown. Great to see sounds like this getting some recognition. As an aside – be sure to seek out the remixes done for Findlay Brown by Pilooski, Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve and Mickey Moonlight. All are golden.
“I started listening to a lot of stuff which I knew so well but almost took for granted – songs you never paid serious attention to because they are so well known. Songs like My Girl, Be My Baby, Stand By Me. I start listening to them in a different way, and working out what was so great about them. I’m not saying the songs I’ve written as a result can stand up next to them, but I’m not ashamed to try and aspire to those standards.” – Findlay Brown
I Only Have Eyes for You – The Flamingos
Comin’ Home Baby – Mel Torme
Stamping Ground – Moondog
Be My Baby – The Ronettes
Sleepwalk – Santo & Johnny
Borne On The Wind – Roy Orbison
Fool for You – The Impressions
I’m Your Witch Doctor – John Mayall’s Blues breakers
Born To Be With You – Dion
Baby It’s You – The Shirelles
Please Stay – The Cryin’ Shames
The Night – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Roberta Flack
Johnny Remember Me – John Leyton
Wishing for Your Love – The Voxpoppers
Deborah’s Theme – Ennio Morricone
Mystery Train – Elvis Presley
Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley
Be Not So Fearful – Bill Fay
Just for You – Sam Cooke
Born Free – Matt Monro
Who Has the Last Laugh Now – Bloodstone
Ballade De Melody Nelson – Serge Gainsbourg
Haunted Feelings – Rahsaan Roland Kirk
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Célia Regina Cruz recorded four self-titled albums for Continental between 1971 and 1977, ‘Amor’ in 1982 plus several more before she sadly passed away late in 2017. Célia was a Brazilian vocalist who worked frequently with master arranger-composer Arthur Verocai in her early years and many other heavyweights over the course of her extensive career.
Her second self-titled LP from 1972, features an all-star line up including Arthur Verocai, Erasmo Carlos, Roberto Carlos, Marcos Valle, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Nonato Buzar and Vinicius de Moraes amongst others.
Célia’s version of ‘Na Boca do Sol’ – taken from this album – is arguably her most well-known and well-loved song. An incredible take on Verocai’s original, featuring waling fuzz guitars, strings, piano, horns and drums.
A much welcomed, official reissue of the album has just been announced by Mr. Bongo including replica original gatefold artwork.
One of the most gorgeous and heady tunes to emerge from the 90's trip hop scene came courtesy of Tranquility Bass aka Michael Adam Kandel, (b.1968 – d.May 17, 2015) . Making excellent use of the song by Familia Valera Miranda called Castellano, Que Bueno Baila Ud, this track was a favourite at recovery parties or afternoon outdoor events, showcasing it's balearic spirit and otherworldliness.
Still the best music clip incorporating collage I think I've ever seen. The entire album is a total pop gem, a concept album/song cycle of sorts revolving around one night at a house party. Classic 60's/70's inspired melodies that remind us of Nilsson, Brian Wilson, Todd Rundgren etc. - if you've never hear it, take a listen, you wont be disappointed.