ORGAN: Five Music Things – The Beths, composer and multi-instrumentalist Danny Mulhern, New Brunswick Art Punk Trio Motherhood, some fresh Dry Cleaning and…

And just like we asked last time, shall we do it again, five more? The Five music things thing for whatever it still might still be worth. Five? There’s something rather compelling about five. Cross-pollination? Five more? and why do we do all this? Do we need to do the editorial bit again? Is there another way? A cure for pulling cats out of hats? Is there a rhyme? Is there a reason? Was there ever? What do reasons make? Five more, same as last time (and the time before) five, and no, we never do and the proof of the pudding is in that proof reading. When we started this thing, oh never mind, it doesn’t matter and like we asked last time, does anyone bother reading the editorial? Does anyone ever actually look down the rabbit hole or is it all just method acting? We do listen to everything that comes in, we do it so you don’t have to, we are very (very) picky about what we actually post on these pages or play on the radio or hang in a gallery. Cut to the chase, never mind the editorial there’s loads of music further down the page, well five or so pieces of music that have come our way in the last few days and cut cut slash and cut to the damn chase, who needs an editorial or words in general? Just facts and links then, here you go, grab your five, eat your greens…

Here then, in no particular order, five (or so) musical things to check out…

1: Motherhood – New Brunswick Art Punk Trio Motherhood then, the next single from the “delightfully weird art-pop-punks Motherhood – Tabletop is a hypnotic odd-meter jam with a Blair-Witch nodding ghostly video set in the wooods – here’s the Bandcamp thing

we’re told that “overall, Motherhood has backed away a bit from the density of Dear Bongo, and the new record gives the tracks more space to breathe, with big unison vocal/guitar/bass lines on “Crawly” and “Tabletop” and the warped doo-wop of “Shepherd” allowing their lyrics and vocal harmonies to emerge from the mix and ride the wave. They excecute everything with big energy and fine precision, as you can see in this live-in-studio version of Tabletop. In particular I love how they’re always transitioning into some hooky chorus just when the song seems like it’s about to spin out of control.. Also of note that this one was mixed by Greg Saunier of Deerhoof, a good stylistic touchstone for the band.  Also of note that this one was mixed by Greg Saunier of Deerhoof, a good stylistic touchstone for the band”.

There’s more on Bandcamp, there’s no cracks showing through, or maybe there are, good ones though

2: Allison somebody or other has just released this rather beautiful video, a track called “xxxx” from her album blah blah ablah… Hang on, stop press, record label bulshit and PR ego and blah blah blah, the video has beem removed. Why the hell do these people send in these things if they don’t want the coverage? Here’s something on Edgehill records instead, back before the takeover and the change of A&R and the way the new guy tried to mess with Highway 65 was about the long and short of it…

And here we go, far better for you than animals or lifting heavy weights or PR company bulshit and the video they demanded we take down so some other fugger can show it first… I guess you’ve got make a livin’ son, I do detest all that PR bulshit, The Albertos are far better for yer tha nwhatever it was that was originally posted here, you know it makes sense, snuff it…

3: The Beths – “Silence Is Golden” features on The Beths’ forthcoming album “Expert In A Dying Field.”, out September 16th via Carpark Records and Ivy League”. The Beths are from Auckland, New Zealand, the single is rather typical of the album that’s been played rather a lot here since it landed a couple of days ago – it really is about the detail in there, those extra bits of colour they add to their songs, that little edge they have. You need to give the Beths and their songs a little bit more attention to hear “it”, you can’t just put the Beths on in the background, well you can but you’ll miss an awful lot of that vital detail in you do, you kind of feel like there’s not a lot to The Beths and then you tune in and listen properly as they take you off leftfield rather than down the obvious route. Clever pop music, clever indie pop, deceptive, almost sneaky of them… More on the album via Bandcamp.

4: Danny Mulhern – Singing Through Others’, released 16th September via Enate Music/Kontor Media, is the fifth album and first independent release from composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Danny Mulhern. It continues his collaboration with the London Contemporary Orchestra (Radiohead, Actress, Jonny Greenwood, Terry Riley) and was recorded at the Church Studios, Crouch End and Angels Studios, Islington between 2019 and 2022.

‘Singing Through Others’, released 16th September via Enate Music/Kontor Media, is the fifth album and first independent release from composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Danny Mulhern. It continues his collaboration with the London Contemporary Orchestra (Radiohead, Actress, Jonny Greenwood, Terry Riley) and was recorded at the Church Studios, Crouch End and Angels Studios, Islington between 2019 and 2022.

Since scoring the critically acclaimed Hollywood film ‘What They Had’ (dir. Elizabeth Chomko) in 2018, Mulhern has been examining the motivations behind his work. ‘Singing Through Others’ is essentially a meditation on relationships, taking its title from the words of poet and philosopher Nora Bateson, who also appears on the album. The work of philosopher Iain McGilchrist, whose work Mulhern has followed closely, has also inspired the titles of three of the pieces on the album; ‘We Are Not Machines’, ‘Everything Flows’ and ‘The Fertile Night’.

Ahead of the album release, Mulhern is pleased to share the video for ‘A Different Kind Of Blue’, the first official single to be taken from the album. “I sense that our culture is pretty beset with cynicism. On Singing Through Others I wanted to carry a torch for earnestness, and explore a melodic and tonal side of neoclassical music. The 7/8 time signature of A Different Kind Of Blue seems to straddle convention and weirdness in a pleasing way. It has a more zoomed-out palate of sounds than my previous records. Using electronics, jazz and band instruments alongside the orchestral players. It’s a chilled and playful polyrhythmic piece, and one of my favourites on the album.”

The rather impressive video was made by Manchester-based artist Antony Barkworth-Knight

5: Dry Cleaning – ‘Don’t Press Me’ is taken from Dry Cleaning’s forthcoming album ‘Stumpwork’, out 21st October via 4AD, the band or the label or whoever does these things, posted the video and made all the announcements today, “We are releasing a new album on October 21st on 4AD/ It’s called ‘Stumpwork’ and we are very proud of it! Those clever ol’ sticks Rottingdean Bazaar and Annie Collinge made the artwork, for which we are truly thankful – a most seriously delectable package indeed!!!”

And while we’re here, no, that’s it for today, just five slices of music, that’s enough…

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