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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Jean Jacques Perrey & David Chazam – Electropop parade (from the album ELA, Freaksville)

And a quick one to finish the month, one to file between Esquivel and your favourite Disney soundtrack classics.

Perrey is one of the original concrete artists and something of a Moog maestro having been drafted (or drafted himself) in to test the instrument by Mr Moog himself way back when. Chazam is the young French knob-twiddler who took him up on his invitation to collaborators in 1996. I'd recommend you check the full backstory at the bandcamp below.

This tune is just a joy, a riot, a hoot. It's actually a version of Perrey's own 'Baroque Hoedown' which has been used by Disney as part of its theme park parades. So plenty of pop references crawling inside themselves if you're bored.

Which you won't be listening to this.

Playlist 362 - June 30 2015

Angel Deradoorian used to be in Dirty Projectors where her voice was used to tremendous and startling effect in a choral bank. She's a solo artist now using her surname and operating out of L.A. but still sounding in fantastic voice.

Nice to hear her alongside her old muckers + Bjork from 2010 serenading whales in Northern California.

C Duncan is a singer and composer from Glasgow who makes beautiful baroque sounds with room for...rejoice...whistling. It was a recommendation from Kathryn Joseph that put me on to him, she needs no recommendation from me or anyone else, just take a listen and weep.

Blank Realm make psych pop with a lovely glide to it, they're from Brisbane. Totally Mild are from Melbourne and make very tasty guitar pop with a twist.

De Lux are a duo from L.A. who clearly enjoy Talking Heads (and who doesn't) and make a great rattle reminiscient of Tina Weymouth's bass playing and David Byrne's shouty singing.

And Kevin Murphy from Cork, bringing a real raw soul to singer songwriting.

More on these pages as ever.

June 30 2015 w/ Deradoorian,Blank Realm,De Lux,C Duncan,Kathryn Joseph,Moondog,William D Drake++ by The Underground Of Happiness on Mixcloud

The Underground of Happiness
uplifting pop music of every creed
Twitter: UndergroundOfHappy

Playlist 362
Tues June 30 2015
(repeated on Tuesdays 8.30pm)
UCC 98.3FM
listen live on the web at
*listen back to this show here

Dirty Projectors & Bjork – On and ever onwards
Deradoorian - A beautiful woman
Blank Realm – River of longing
De Lux – Oh man the future
Theatre Royal – You sleep
Totally Mild - When I'm tired
Moondog – Coffee beans
C Duncan - For (playing Latitude Festival, July 19)
William D Drake - In converse (playing The Lexington, London, July 14)
Tindersticks – Dick’s slow song
Kevin Murphy – Don’t forget me
Kathryn Joseph – The worm (playing Summerhall, Edinburgh, Aug 12, w/ Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat)
Ralegh Long - Gulls hovering (playing Midland Railway Centre, Ripley, July 24)
David John Sheppard – Spring forward fall back
REW – Passageway to happier hours
Jean Jacques Perrey & David Chazam – Electropop parade

*next week's show features music from The Doomed Bird of Providence, Marcus Hamblett & Howard Eynon among others

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian at best (from the album Sometimes I sit and think, and sometimes I just sit)

A classic slacker (anti) anthem from the Melbourner.

Apart from the wonderful pummelling riff I find I mostly get stuck on this line –

Give me all your money and I’ll make some origami honey

It’s one of those lines that probably reads quite plain on paper but somehow it shows off Barnett’s knack of being able to puncture all the bullshit poses we go on with while wrapping it all in lovely sloppy trashy guitar playing and hilarious wordplay.

Right then, carry on.

Doo doo doodoo Doo doo doodoo

Kathryn Joseph – the want (from the album bones you have thrown me and blood I’ve spilled, Hits The Fan Records)

Now and again a piece of music arrives that tends to wash other things out.

Something arresting and transformative to make you want to put words away, that’s what this is.

It’s a perfect miniature and soaked in atmosphere, such a prized quality in all music but particularly pop music.

And all with just the merest piano chords and a voice that swoons and cracks.

Kathryn Joseph is the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award winner and could there be a more deserving one especially when you read words like these from a recent interview at the SAY awards.

“I didn’t love my music before and now I love it because Marcus (MacKay, producer) has made it harder, stronger and more beautiful, and I’d never felt like that about it before.”

And now I’m going to put words away and just listen.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Playlist 361 - June 23 2015 - Kosmische/Exotica Special

A special show this week pairing two genres which I reckon have more in common than people might think.

Kosmische is the electronic offshoot of "Krautrock", very often more meditative in tone and with a certain cosmic outlook as the name suggests. Hans Joachim Roedelius, Dieter Moebius & Michael Rother could be said to be the originators as Harmonia but you find kosmische leaking into folk, jazz/post rock, psych and all sorts these days.

Exotica came about in the 1950s when American (predominantly) composers and orchestrators started taking influences from Asian & African music - the geo-politics of the time probably had something to do with this. So dreamy instrumentals by Les Baxter and glorious hippie manifestos by Eden Ahbez, all adorned with flutes and vibraphones and such, are in here, along with a few other suggestions for inclusion like Esquivel (space age bachelor pad), Ennio Morricone (soundtracks from Planet Heaven) & Serge Gainsbourg who was a fierce magpie when it came to appropriating ideas for his own music.


June 23 2015 Kosmische/Exotica Special w/ Harmonia,Tortoise,Noveller,Les Baxter,Eden Ahbez,VDP++ by The Underground Of Happiness on Mixcloud

The Underground of Happiness
uplifting pop music of every creed
Twitter: UndergroundOfHappy

Playlist 361 - Kosmische/Exotica Special
Tues June 23 2015
(repeated on Tuesdays 8.30pm)
UCC 98.3FM
listen live on the web at
*listen back to this show here

Part 1 - Kosmische
Cluster – Sowiesoso (So not so so)
Rozi Plain – Actually (playing Latitude Festival, July 18)
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Careen
Noveller – Concrete dreams
Tortoise – Suspension Bridge at Iguaza Falls
Elisa Luu – Chromatic sigh
Harmonia – Dino

Part 2 - Exotica
Les Baxter – Ebb tide
Eden Ahbez – Eden’s Island
The Beach Boys – A day in the life of a tree
Joanna Newsom – On a good day
Van Dyke Parks – G Man Hoover
Esquivel – Softly as in a morning sunrise
Christer Bladin – Wildkatze
Oen Sujet – Simpleton
Ennio Morricone – Giocoso giocoso (from the soundtrack of the film Evil fingers, 1971)
Serge Gainsbourg – New York USA

*next week's show features music from Kathryn Joseph, C Duncan & Deradoorian among others

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University College Cork,

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Marcus Hamblett – Three four (from the album Concrete)

A gorgeous dreamy instrumental from the Brighton man’s new album.

Spirals of low slung guitar float over jazz-inflected octave patterns until washes of cool synth create a mood that is somehow both langurous and searching. It’s wonderfully Tortoise but taking things so at its own pace that it carves very much its own space.

The later stages see a gearshift into sublime Ennio Morricone territory courtesy of the kind of absentmindedly hummed la-la vocal the maestro (and Edda Dell Orso) would have been proud of. It’s a subtle shift but a glorious one adding a further layer of intimacy to something already full of low key emotion. And it succeeds in pleasing the ear while giving the heart a lovely unsettling rush which is endlesly satisfying.

A timeless thing of rare beauty.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

William D Drake – Revere reach (Onomatopoeia Records)

A wonderful return for ex-Cardiacs man William D Drake joined by friends from North Sea Radio Orchestra and Stars in Battledress among others, combining folk threads with medieval, British dancehall, sea shanties and avant garde musics.

You’ll be hard pushed to restrain yourself when you hear opener ‘Distant buzzing’ with an irresisitible stomping rhythm lead by a winning sax honk and endearingly antique lyrics by Mr James Kelsey-Fry.

Thereafter, enjoy the shanty swing with melodica of ‘Lifeblood’, the startling slave mutiny anthem ‘Heart of oak’ and the meditative medieval choral atmosphere of ‘Be here steryear’ with Drake’s constantly searching wrongfooting piano chords.

‘The Catford Clown’ comes on like a modern day madrigal, twirling melodies and undefined time signatures, until the breakdowns near the end which countenance heavy metal. By flirting with the spectre of ‘the novelty song’ the scathing satire of the lyric and wonderful instrumental technique are thinly and briefly disguised making for a most satisfying reveal.

Drake also does ballads brilliantly. There is the plaintive tone of ‘In converse’, more circling piano accompanied by wistful clarinet and Andrea Parker’s beautifully pure and unfussy vocal delivery. And the title track, possibly the most conventional song in this set, another handsome piano tune with swells of melodica behind a melody bordering on tragedy.

Throughout we find a slightly loopy strain of recognisably English eccentricity. As here, “a bail of straw in human form”, the unlikely but memorable paean to a scarecrow which is ‘A husk’. Loopy maybe but always from the heart which is a combination guaranteed to touch yours.

An inspiring collection of songs from a corner of pop music we should all treasure.