Sultans of Ping — Song of the Week

by Chris

This week’s song selection sees me continuing my flirtation with Math Rock. This time around, I have a pick from an album that mixes the unorthodox genre with a dystopian concept.

Delta Sleep’s recent album, Ghost City, tells the story of a woman living in what the band describes as a “techno-noir” dystopian future dominated by tech firms.

In selecting a single song, I had to face a difficult choice. As there is a narrative through line, selecting my favorite song would not have made sense without the larger context of the rest of the album. To that end, I chose the opening track, Sultans of Ping.

The track can give you a taste of the ride you’ll be in for. If you find the lyrics and the concept edifying, the rest of the album will take you for a ride with an excellent conclusion. Just be sure to expect diversity in the album; some songs will be calm pensive, while other may shake you to the bone.

The lyrics of the album as a whole are straightforward in a way that reminds me of Orwell’s 1984, which makes sense for its dystopian concept. While I prefer the imagery of a Leonard Cohen’s style, Delta Sleep’s lyrics pair well with their music and deliver the narrative in a satisfying way.

 

 

 

Never Undo – Friday Song of The Week

Dear Chris and Listener,

This week I got something special for you lot. Morcheeba, one of my absolute favourite bands has released “Never Undo” for their upcoming album Blaze Away, which should be in stores June first.

They’ve been around since 1995, and have 8 solid albums under their belt. They’re a trip-hop electronic group which knows just how to blend the new with the enjoyable. Skye Edwards’s sensual, warm voice leaves you asking for little, while Ross Godfrey builds a groovy backdrop of rock, blues, and jazz for her to play with. All of this is doused with a masterful electronic touch.

I strongly recommend all their albums, each sounding very different from the next. I can not hype this band enough, they are truly one of my all-time favourites.

April tracks

Introduction by In Love With a Ghost

Lazy Bones by Jeremy Messersmith

Never Undo by Morcheeba

Lazy Bones– Song of the Week

by Chris

Good afternoon, my fellow lazy folk.

This week, I wanted to include a track that put a smile on my face, despite a growing inbox. Lazy Bones is the opening track to indie artist Jeremy Messersmith’s album The Reluctant Graveyard.

Most of the album has a pretty easygoing sound, which juxtaposes deliciously with the sometimes downright macabre imagery in the lyrics.

My goal for next week is to recommend a song that doesn’t turn into a recommendation for the whole album, but hey, I’m only human, and I’ve been really lucky in what I’ve stumbled across lately.

April tracks

Introduction by In Love With a Ghost

Lazy Bones by Jeremy Messersmith

 

Introduction — Monday Song of the Week

Hey Vladi,

Today I want to present the introduction to a lovely little electronic album called “Healing” by French artist In Love with a Ghost. The track is only 36 seconds long, but I included it in hopes that you would let the whole album play on at your leisure.

The songs on this album are brief, whimsical and pleasant on the ears, so I hope you enjoy, and I hope your April bears the aforementioned qualities.

April tracks

Introduction” by In Love With a Ghost

Floors o the Forest– Friday Song of the Week

by Chris

Vladi,

Here’s a second tune to help close out the week. I’m continuing my folk kick, so get ready for something earthy.

This tune comes from Glasgow folk singer Lori Watson, and is beautiful rendition of a traditional Scottish folk tune. The track is somber, and complements Watson’s enchanting Scottish voice.

Hope you enjoy, and here is the March list.

“Let Me Out” by Gorillaz

“Pelagic” by Covet

“Eliza Lee” by The Longest Johns

“Floors o the Forest” by Lori Watson

Looking forward to April.

 

 

Eliza Lee — Monday Song of The Week

Vladi,

I realized, just this past week, what I have to do before I die; I have to be involved in a drunken round of singing in a pub. Granted, I totally smashed “Jailhouse Rock” in that Narita bar (or maybe that’s what all the sake remembers), but I’m talking about a beautiful a capella romp over some good old fashioned beer.

To that point, I’m going to be memorizing this Monday’s song, “Eliza Lee” by The Longest Johns. This Bristol-based group with an awesomely suggestive name (whether intentional or not) makes spirited seaside tunes, and I feel I must dedicate at least this song to the memory bank. You never know when the gods may call upon me to save the world with obnoxious drunken singing, though I probably won’t be able to replicate this band’s vocal quality.

Such is life…

Anyway, March list:

“Let Me Out” by Gorillaz

“Pelagic” by Covet

“Eliza Lee” By The Longest Johns

Pelagic — Monday Song of the Week

Hey Vladi,

Gorillaz is always a safe choice. “Let me Out” is indeed a well-balanced effort. The verses provided a welcome depth to the song. Overall, a good March debut, and a great welcome back to our regularly scheduled programming.

For this entry, we’ll be diving into the unorthodox and hypnotizing world of Math Rock with “Pelagic”, by Covet.

Covet is a California-based music trio that, in their own words, “…are 3 friends that just want to play music, travel, and have fun.”

Their music reflects their passion, particularly in the song “Pelagic”. With a beautiful cascading riff and intricate instrumentals, this is a solid introduction to the genre.

 

March List

“Let Me Out” by Gorillaz

“Pelagic” by Covet

Let Me Out – Friday Song of The Week

Dear Chris and Listener,

Thanks for sending Gone Molly’s track my way. I do love me a good Irish sound, and I hold a special place in my heart for old folk songs. A good story, emotive voices, and just all the right vibes – the song had it. Cheers!

This week’s band needs no introduction. They aren’t below the radar by any stretch of the imagination. But the track I stumbled upon was simply too good and fresh not to share. I am talking about Gorillaz’ Let Me Out.

To anyone already familiar with Gorillaz you won’t be surprised when I say there’s a flawless blend of five or so genres in this track. There’s three sets of vocals taking turns on the wheel of the song, the percussion is constantly in motion between the verses and choruses. I love the Soul and R&B movements in the track, they contrast the heavier hip hop elements beautifully.

Their new album, Humanz, echoes the creativity and quality of some of their best stuff, like Demon Days. It’s great to see such creative and talented artists back on top of their game. I can’t wait until I see them this summer!

March List

“Let Me Out” by Gorillaz

Friday Song of The Week – Fly for Your Life

Dear Chris and Listener,

Thank you for Safe From the Storm. As you said, it’s’ brief and simple. And it’s exactly what we need some times. Something to hit the pause button of your life, and take you somewhere pleasant. After a rather stressful week, this song took me to a desolate beach still wet from the rain were anthropomorphized sea turtles played Caribbean steel drums.

My suggestion for this week is Gunship’s Fly For Your Life. It’s a synthwave track, and though I am not much of a fan for the genre, the synergy of the visuals and music is the best combination of sound and animation I’ve seen in yet. A pair of pilots fight for their lives across the skies as love lyrics seamlessly compliment every beat in the visual narrative. This is more or less a Masterclass on how to shoot and animate an action sequence. And not just in the superb way in which the tension and stakes mount, but also on how to infuse poetry in something so high-octane and violent.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

The track list for February:

Fly For Your Life by Gunship

Safe From The Storm — Monday Song of the Week

Dear Vladi and listener,

As requested, I turned off the lights and put on my headphones for Nostalgia. I found myself alternating between absorbing the music with my eyes closed and actively watching the video (with them open, obviously.)  It was captivating to see the sincere intensity of the band build with the music, and it was interesting to watch the faces of the audiences as they were caught up in the song.

This Monday’s song is going to contrast with Nostalgia pretty sharply. The brief and bubbly flavor of “Safe from the Storm” (the name isn’t actually capitalized on the track listing, but I’m a rebel) by Louie Zong.

It’s so easygoing and brief that I don’t actually have any specific listening recommendations; just fit this tiny track anywhere you can spare a little over two minutes and let it brighten your day.

The track list to close out January is as follows:

Find Me” by Marcus D (Ft. Jun)

Hide” by FKA Twigs

I Am Here” by Funky DL

El Pescador” by Banda Magda

Empires” by Electric Swing Circus

Jungle” by Tash Sultana

Never Knew a Thing (Live)” by Kileza

Time of Extinction” (소멸의 시간) by Jambinai (잠비나이)

Hi-Lights” by Savlonic.

Common Ground” by Kognitif ft. The Mic Jordon

Believe” by Kenichiro Nishihara ft. Cise Starr

Gerudo Valley (Metal Version)” by Machinae Supremacy

Bloody Tears” by Naoto Shibata Project

Satting Sail Home (End Theme)” by Darren Krob

Ori and The Blind Forest (Main Theme)” by Gareth Coker

A Gallant Gentleman” by We Lost The Sea

Nostalgia” by Mono

Safe From the Storm” by Louie Zong.