More precisely the new Sucioperro album Fused. I’m in the middle of a hyper busy week which means I’m not going to say much at the Ayrshire trio’s latest effort, other than it’s some mightly addictive rock -yaaaaaaaaaaaaaasss! Available in independent music stores everywhere and of course to stream below.
A couple of weeks ago the lovely Rachel Sermanni put singer songwriter Miss Irenie Rose in to the Play a Song For Me spotlight, a girl who hails from the Isle of Lewis and has been playing properly since 2010. Her music is enchantingly woven, bewitching songcraft fronted by a timeless vocal, which belies her young age.
With influences which range from film soundtracks to theories and thoughts the lady herself shares one musical treasure, the sea shanty friendly, pull on your heartstrings Scottish folksters The Sea Atlas.
The Sea Atlas are exactly what they sound like. They’re from Uig. When I first saw them I was so amazed by their music. Being surrounded by sea I suppose you should expect a sea sound but I’d say they have captured it more than most other music I’ve ever heard. They look sailor-ish too! Originally the band was Calum Buchanan and Ian Schouten but it seems to grow every time they play. They have an EP out and there are a few videos on youtube.*
[As if by magic…]
I find their enthusiasm for what they do very inspiring. In terms of that – the thing that would sum it up is that Calum, after one of his earlier gigs, said “That was so fun!” … it was a new concept to me! I’d always concentrated on getting a gig over with. They are talented, friendly and have done/will do wonderfully well. Keep an ear out!
As for Miss Irenie here’s another wee gem of hers for your enjoyment…a Go North session featuring ‘Creek Swinging’ at one of the world’s loveliest festivals, Belladrum.
This week I’ve been searching for something new and uplifting – mainly because of the changing seasons and I’m missing what had become an almost annual trip to New York. Enter New Pornographers front man and solo artist AC Newman and this new track ‘I’m Not Talking’…
I’m a New Pornographers fan and bought a no frills version of their album ‘Together’ for five dollars at Bleeker Street Records in NY. Amongst half open boxes and haphazard stacks of vinyl, I bonded with the guy in the shop over my terrible CD buying habit (never ever one at a time and I’m fundamentally against all that ‘best of’ rubbish) – straight up he’s like ‘it’s all about the music’, glowing with pride. Simultaneously, I wondered how you could feasibly run a shop in the West Village which sells five dollar CDs.
AC Newman’s solo material is more of a country folk affair than the full band material – Shins like sound in many places. I absolutely love ‘I’m Not Talking’ – musically and lyrically it comes across all calm and in control, grounded by a hypnotic tune. You can stream and download it for free from his website.
Other earcatching tunes of the same ilk…
AC Newman ‘Prophets’…little more guitar and percussion, feel free to ignore the flowers!
New Pornographers ‘Crash Years’ – an absolute tune
New Pornographers ‘Hey Snow White’ from the wonderful Dark Was the Night Compilation
Singer-songwriter Rachel Sermanni hails, like me, from the Highlands. I’d heard her name on blogs and gig listings for a while before I managed to properly listen to her music, in the form of the beautiful Eggshells and Black Currents EPs. Hers is a beguiling influx of delicate melodies, strummed out acoustic guitar and divine vocal wrapped around fresh, honest lyrics. I lent both CDs to my little sister (see previous post), proof I think her music is pretty special.
Here Rachel talks about her admiration for a musical contemporary – Miss Irenie Rose…
Rachel Sermanni plays…Miss Irenie Rose
I first met this lady on the Island upon which she lives, Lewis. One of Stornoway’s pubs was hosting an open mic. This is when I first heard her play and since then I have been enchanted. When you listen to her songs you feel like they have been with you always and that you don’t know how you lasted so long not realising. They are beautiful and true. Just like her.
We spoke about wanting to become pirates and, at the same and parallel moment, wanting to become ladies of effortless elegance (we’re both a bit trampish). Then when she started singing she became more woman than every other in the pub… man. Woman.
She has ONE EP just now. On it are the songs Rascal, River, My mamma Says, Blow away…
Miss Irenie Rose also has a quite lovely session in the Wee Studio, featuring another song of hers ‘What You Fancy’…
As f0r Rachel Sermanni’s lovely music watch The Waltz, this song is sublime…
Also I love The Fog. Once ran down the street to the chorus with my eyes closed. I see your dubious face, but this you should try.
More specifically the recently released Wild Nothing album Nocturne, eleven new tracks gifted from Jack Tatum’s Virginia based band. Sure there are some overly swishy, looped beachy moments and it has an unmistakable eighties throwback – but Nocturne makes it possible to live in a dream pop bubble.
Its autumn, soon to get dark before 5pm and time to rock chunky knitwear – who doesn’t want that?