Playlist 455 - July 11 2017

Some baroque pop majesty this week in the shape of The Zombies (the ultimate summer pop song) and The Magnetic Fields (delicious lyrical flourishes about Stonewall, Serge Gainsbourg and drag kings throwing bricks with Judy Garland’s name on them).

Bedouine (pic) is a Syrian-Armenian-American who makes sublime hushed folk pop and with the help of Matthew E White’s crack Spacebomb crew has made one of the most beguiling albums of the year, in a muted orchestral glory kind of way.

Caroline Says is another American and she also has a great line in hushed sounds. It’s bedroom pop of a sort and I particularly love the wash of backing vocals here (her own) turning a bare folk arrangement into something deceptive and intriguing.

Diagnos. Todd Terje. Bruce Haack with savage vintage moogs.

And Michael Nau with a beautiful dreamy dream of a thing.

More on these pages. (And watch out for the first of 2 x Best of 2017 shows next week.)

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Playlist 455
Tues July 11 2017
(repeated on Tuesdays 8.30pm)
UCC 98.3FM
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The Zombies – Time of the season
The Magnetic Fields – 69: Judy Garland (playing NCH, Dublin, Aug 28+29)
Michael Nau – Good thing (playing The Lexington, London, Sept 26)
Bedouine – Back to you
House and Land – Wandering boy
James Elkington – Wading the vapours
Wand – Plum (playing Louisiana, Bristol, Jan 25)
Ariel Pink – Another weekend
Caroline Says – My fiancés pets
Diagnos – Reflections
Bruce Haack – Program me
Todd Terje – Maskindans
Soley – Before falling
Sailing Stones – Telescopes

*next week's show features a Best of 2017 round up including The Comet Is Coming, Percolator & The Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble, among others

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