Monday, 9 July 2018

Emma Back "Shadow" Tiny Desk Contest Submission 2017

I interviewed avant folk artist Emma Back in late April. Her album, Little World, was released on 25th May and the idea was to have the interview ready in time to coincide.

Unfortunately, life got in the way, and I'm only now starting to see the finish line in terms of completing the piece.

I do think the interview will be well worth waiting for though because she is a very intelligent and thoughtful artist, with a lot to say both musically and in interview.

In the meantime, this is 'Shadow', a live track that displays Back's layering technique beautifully.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Suzi Wu - Taken Care Of

The genius of Suzi Wu has crept up on me over the past six months or so. I liked 'Teenage Witch', but it's been 'Taken Care Of', with it's toughness and crunchy beats that has slayed me so far.

Looking forward to more.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Rié / Benevolent Creature

I'm keeping an eye on Rié, she's a graduate from St Martin's College of Art who's made a series of intriguing tracks in the past six months or so. 'Save You' features in the most recent F-Word music playlist, but new track 'Blood in the water' hints at a more complex, experimental direction.

Looking forward to hearing more.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Girl Ray - Trouble

A particularly irresistible ear worm from last year. Girl Ray, musically, are definitely in a lineage that includes bands like the Mo-dettes, Dolly Mixture and Girls At Our Best! but, at the same time, there is also something very modern about what they're doing. It's a sort of quiet genius, loping along, creeping up on you.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Charlotte Hatherley - I Want You To Know (Official Video)

Capturing Hatherley in a solo moment, post Ash, post Bat For Lashes. This is a great slice of energetic jump up and down guitar led indie. Fantastic. Open the windows and go for it.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Tsunami - Sometimes a Notion

I associate this song with staying up late to listen to John Peel in 1993 as a young teenager, and jumping about my bedroom to Bikini Kill.

Tsuinami were led by the excellent Jenny Toomey, in fine voice here. She and Kristen ran their own label, Simple Machines. They were pre riot grrrl in that they'd been involved with Positive Force so had gone through some of the same issues and activism with that. They were supportive though.