On we go some more, on we go again, Burn down the internet just for the insurance money? There is always music isn’t there? Five more musical things then, same as we said last time, repeat these things, five (or so) musical things that have caught ears over the past few days, five musical things plucked from the overflowing in box or the feeds or the clouds or wherever these things come from. Five (or maybe six today) 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, there is always music, there are always typos, there is always art, art excites, music still does, here they come again, the home team, go explore, more more more… and someone said why don’t we give each band theur own piece, if we gave each one a page of their own there would be no cross pollination would there?
1 No One and the Somebodies – No One came our wa as a result of that Palberta review a couple of days back. Did’t we release somethin by a band called No One? “No One Will Be Bigger Than Jesus” Back in the DIY tape days of the last century, our very first release other than the Organ Radio compilations we were flogging back there at the Marquee and the Robey and such, some song about going to the Fair. This is a fifferent No One, “No One and the Somebodies is a project created by brothers Brian, Steve, Kevin, & Bobby Yankou. NOATS formed in Hawthorne, NY in 2001 and has been a mainstay of the New York DIY/all ages community ever since. The band’s decidedly eclectic sound can turn from dee dee dwee deedle fwee t’taaah to BWUUUAAAAAGGGHHHH BAKKA BAKKA KABBUDDA SKIPOOOOW pretty quickly”.
This release, a split thing with the afore mentioned Palberta, is actually a couple of years old now but who cares about that, go explore No One and the Somebodies via their Bandcamp, good music doesn’t coem with a sell-by date
2: Mother of Mars – Ransom Note just sent us a note about I Hear, the debut album by Vito and Druzzi ,AKA Mother Of Mars. The note didn’t mention a ransom, they didn’t really need to, that crispness has us won over with out anyone needing to kidnap anything. The Rapture never ever did much for us, we did try, they never did, we sold thier promos on ebay, we sold all the things we never asked for on ebay, but this is really nothing like The Rapture and well, “best known as members of era-defining NY post punkers The Rapture”, the pair, Vito and Druzzi, are now joined by Jaiko Suzuki on vocals for an album full of sonic wanderlust, providing technicolour bleeps, drones, ethereal singing and a plethora of percussion interweave, like a fractal mosaic in harmonious sensorium. This is the only track we’ve heard so far, it is rather hitting the spot in just the right way though, there’s something in there that moves it slightly away from most of the electronica we tent to reject, I really really (really) like this,, Read more about the album here It comes out on vinyl and as a download on march 5th so the ransom note says – “On March 5th Ransom Note Records present ‘I Hear’ – the debut album by Vito Roccoforte and Gabriel Andruzzi – AKA Mother Of Mars“.
3; Kiwi Jr. – “Maid Marian’s Toast” by Kiwi lr. from their new album Cooler Returns (Release Date: 01/22/2021) is almost a throwback, almost a smile, a set of smiles and times “Kiwi Jr. share video for “Maid Marian’s Toast” from Cooler Returns, their internationally acclaimed new album out now on Sub Pop/Kiwi Club” so reads the headline, “Maid Marian’s Toast” sounds rather delightfully typical in terms of what we’ve heard of the rest of the album and the band. They’re kind of joyful, they’re kind of uplifting, more than kind of, they’re refreeshing, uncluttered, clever, here’s the link to the website. They sound a lot like a lot of things from the last century, they’s no bad thing, any band who sound like The Church are alright in my book, the whole album is there to be explored and ordered via their Bandcamp, they’re from Toronto, Ontario, Canada,
4: Aaron Cupples – ‘Island of the Hungry Ghosts’ is a hybrid documentary that moves between the natural, human and spiritual worlds. Located off the coast of Indonesia, the Australian territory of Christmas Island is inhabited by migratory crabs travelling in their millions from the jungle towards the ocean, in a movement that has been provoked by the full moon for hundreds of thousands of years. Poh Lin Lee is a trauma therapist who lives with her family in this seemingly idyllic paradise. Every day, she talks with the asylum seekers held indefinitely in a high-security detention centre hidden in the island’s core, attempting to support them in a situation that is as unbearable as its outcome is uncertain. As Poh Lin and her family explore the island’s beautiful yet threatening landscape, the local islanders carry out their “hungry ghost” rituals for the spirits of those who died on the island without a burial. They make offerings to appease the lost souls who are said to be wandering the jungles at night looking for home. This album presents the original score Aaron Cupples created for the film. Rich in texture and harmonics, the music is characterised by the bespoke instruments and recording techniques employed in its creation. The soundtrack also features sound recordist Leo Dolgan’s vivid field recordings. All captured on Christmas Island, recordings recall insect choruses, strange and ominous bird calls, erupting blowholes, fire, ocean, and Buddhist prayers for the dead.
“Drawing on discussions with director Gabrielle Brady, I began to perceive the island itself as the protagonist, with its own ancient rhythms and cycles set against the transitory human stories it endures. It was my intention to give voice to the island through the score. Imagining what this might sound like, emanating from deep within the landscape, I settled on a handmade long-string instrument. This single 13-foot long wire was tuned, bowed, and electromagnetically oscillated to create slowly evolving textures and deep layers of resonance.From this foundation, the score introduces rhythm inspired by traditional Chinese festival drumming and chanting of Buddhist nuns recorded on Christmas Island by sound recordist Leo Dolgan. Working closely with him, the score is intentionally kept dark in timbre to allow a merging with the intricate nature recordings, which often play simultaneously with the score.As the film’s narrative unfolds, harmonic movement and finally melody emerge, bringing a theme to the human stories; their life rhythms and cycles interwoven with those of the island.” Aaron Cupples
And while we’re here and the sun is threatening to come out, here’s the trailer of the film in question – www.christmasislandfilm.com
5: Chelsea Wolfe & Emma Ruth Rundle and a new single, a single that passed by on a Twitter feed, “Anhedonia” out now on Sargent House. You sure don’t need anything esle from us? More details here or here via Bandcamp
And that should do you, more of this when the another five musical things grab us…