Five more musical things then, five (or so) things that have caught ears during the recent days of Christmas lull, five musical things plucked from the overflowing in box or the feeds or the clouds or wherever these things come from. Five slices of music that have come our way and it is all very simple, five things, in no particular order, five sets of links for you to do whatever you want with. Five things we think worth your time. Here’s some Soozy Lipsey art from her recent show at Nelly Duff
1: Rien faire – “Rester assis sur une chaise. Ne pas attendre, parce qu’attendre c’est déjà faire quelques chose. Ne pas réfléchir, parce que ça aussi c’est une activité. Rien faire. Un trio pour faire des chansons imprévisibles. Parfois c’est le rock, parfois c’est la balade délicate ou la mélodie étrange faite pour inventer des danses. Bizarreries et musique pop. Ça ne ressemble à rien? Tant mieu”. here comes the Bandcamp. Rief Faire are (of course) from (that musical hotbed of) Lyon, this is a delight…
2: Vazum – Well this one turned up on the morning of the Winter Solstice, kind of like it (l’ ve that big red barn) “Deathgaze duo Vazum release music video for Carol of the Witch from their recently released Vazumnacht EP. The video was filmed in the outskirts of Ann Arbor, MI and edited by vocalist/bassist Emily Sturm. ‘We were driving through the countryside when we came upon rolling hills with the early-rising full moon and migrating birds in the distance, and a beautiful decaying old barn and knew we had a location to shoot,’ says Emily. Carol of the Witch is the duo’s interpretation of the Christmas classic, Carol of the Bells, redone with original lyrics in a sinister tone. The remaining two songs on the Vazumnacht EP, Unholy Nite and Bark the Hellhounds, are gothic versions of Christmas classics O holy Night and Hark the Herald Angels Sing. Vazumnacht was digitally released on December, 14th and is available for pay what you want download from vazum.bandcamp.com.”
3: Patrick Drake – “an aspiring, Surrey / Bournemouth based singer song writer who specialises in mainly guitar based music”, so said Patrick. It was Uncle William D who brought Patrick to our attention, rather like this, like the simplicity, the old school freedom, the blues. Elsewhere
4: 6th Floor Orchestra are from New York, well mostly New York, “6th Floor Orchestra are a psychedelic, musique concrète, giallo, hauntology, library music gruppo hailing from New York City, Los Angeles, San Diego and Berlin….”
5: Monte Mai – “Blah” is the second single from Swiss Grenadian trio Monte Mai, released on the always interesting On The Camper label
On “Blah” Monte Mai show off their talents with an avant pop gem giving us all a taste of what’s in store from their 2021 album debut, to be released for Swiss independent label On The Camper Records. Metronomic rhythms, clacking, crackling sounds like wind-up gears, angelic voices and punching electronic beats portrayed in sheer harmony. Balearic disco forays into moody psychedelic pop. A definitive work of art.
6; Pictures Of Wild Life – And while we’re here, nothing revolutionary, it does feel kind of like a lot of things we’ve heard too many times before but there is something about this Pictures Of Wild Life piece that just feels good. instrumental post/math rock, there’s been lots of it over the last twenty or so years and this track maybe lacks in terms of a fingerprint of musical identity but it is just very very likeable. Pictures Of Wild Life seems to be the solo project of a musicmaker from Los Angeles.