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Playlist 439 - Mar 21 2017

New releases this week from Dublin band Percolator (pic) with a lovely scratchy but somehow understated brand of shoegaze. They play Coughlan's in Cork at the end of April.

Also Snapped Ankles, punktronica they're calling it, all I know is it's got thundering bass and distorted vocals and is a great thing altogether.

Mick Harvey still wowing with the Serge Gainsbourg interpretations/translations, this time in duet with the wonderful Sophia Brous, more greatness.

More thunderous drumming this time from Huddersfield's The Scaramanga Six, two drummers apparently and a wonderful anthemic vocal refrain.

Plus Barry McCormack, playing The Workman's Club in Dublin soon, bringing great sturdy songwriting into folk tunes with a motorik pulse.

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Playlist 439
Tues …

Mica Levi – Vanity (from the soundtrack of the film Jackie, Milan)

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From an intense and chilling piece of filmmaking, this soundtrack by Mica Levi is a beautiful low key accompaniment.

In particular this track which features an ingenious contrast between the gravity and density of the strings - long and sombre - and the weightlessness of the flute part, the levity even.

The subsequent wrongfooting effect places your emotions in line with your reaction to the film’s main character, caught between admiration at her fortitude, sympathy at her terrible plight (in the spotlight covered in her husband’s blood) and some kind of distaste at her apparent vanity.

A masterful piece of work.

Playlist 438 - Mar 14 2017

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A bunch of great British music on the show this week, in two main camps.

In the folk department
The Nightjar, stirring haunted atmospherics
The Bevis Frond, enduring drones with sitar
Alasdair Roberts & Gordon Ferries, from the wonderful Shakespeare songs Food of Love project, getting courtly.

And more of a post punk buzz
Shaking Chains, compelling spoken word delivery
Animals That Swim, fierce guitar tune with brilliant narrative drive
Warm Digits feat. Field Music on vocals, banging electro.

And Francois & the Atlas Mountains, slippery woozy psych pop from France.

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Playlist 438
Tues Mar 14 2017
11.00am-12.00pm
(repeated on Tuesdays 8.30pm)
UCC 98.3FM
listen live on the web at www.ucc.ie/983fm
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Warm Digits fea…

Playlist 437 - Mar 7 2017

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A raft of instrumental music this week for some reason, just plenty of it about I suppose, and plenty of great stuff.

The Comet Is Coming have UK dates in March and May (and beyond)
Gavin Prior, new album has some great ambient sounds in it
Noveller, new album, more epic guitar soundscapes
Mind Over Mimrrors, intriguing kosmische-meets-roots sound
Mica Levi, wonderful wrongfooting soundtrack from the film Jackie.

We also had Cormac O Caoimh whose new album plies more of that gorgeous Prefab Sprout territory.
Diagrams, beautiful folk music with propulsive beats.

And Basil Kirchin exploring the limits of library music, brilliantly.

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Playlist 437
Tues Mar 7 2017
11.00am-12.00pm
(repeated on Tuesdays 8.30pm)
UCC 98.3FM
listen live on the web at www.ucc.ie/983fm
*listen back to this…

Playlist 436 - Feb 28 2017

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Aldous Harding has been a fave of the show for a couple of years. Now she's with 4AD/Flying Nun so expect to hear a lot more from her soon, new music from her starting this week's show.

Valerie June is an American singer who manages to combine something of the exotic air of Joanna Newsom with the grit of Lucinda Williams, an alluring mix.

More from The Nightjar,a Bristol band with a great mix of haunting folk, arresting harmonies and field recordings.

John Hynes is an Irish singer with a voice you'll immediately love, shades of Father John Misty or Harry Nilsson.

Stornoway from a fascinating compilation of songs from Shakespeare's plays and times.

And some more Basil Kirchin, some wonderful early 70s English horror film music.

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Playlist 436
Tues Feb 28 201…

Mind Over Mirrors – Glossolaliac (from the album Undying color, Paradise of Bachelors)

Churning dark edged kosmische from Jaime Fennelly and friends.

There’s a pleasing synergy between electronic and organic as the female voices of Haley Fohr (Circuit des Yeux) and Janet Beveridge Bean (Eleventh Dream Day) swap places with the pulsing synths and rhythmic fiddle.

Meditational, trancelike, adventurous, with a minimalist sway that’s satisfyingly cathartic.

Undying Color by Mind Over Mirrors

Sodastream – Three sins (from the album Little by little, Sodastream Music)

Alternative pop belter from the veteran Australian duo.

A sawing cello and simple acoustic guitar strum tend to mask the murky depths of the song, as Karl Smith’s sweet voice, reminiscient of Jonathan Richman or Stuart Murdoch, intones about bonfires on Christmas Eve.

However, an early clue is delivered in the shape of this ear catching line, soon I’ll burn all these fuckers around me.

As the song gathers a kind of VU style pace and power with a vocal background drone like a choir of the dispossessed, Smith ups the ante.

I touched those boys, those boys in the wrong way

and

Between my legs takes the loving from me

and

So I’ll kiss this medal when they come to get me.

And a chill sets in as string feedback swings back and forth until the final rowdy refrain which comes on quite like ‘Venus in furs’ on smoother drugs, all bumps and grinds and chaotic rumbles.

A miniature masterpiece of incendiary songwriting.

Little By Little - LP by Sodastream