I tend to chaotically internet bookmark things. I have a folder of links to things to listen to, and when that folder becomes so unwieldy that it takes almost a minute to scroll to the bottom of the list, it’s time to start a new folder. I never win against the incredible tide of new music that’s out there – I now have several folders brimming with things I haven’t gotten around to listen to yet. I keep going though. Things that I do listen to and particularly enjoy go into a “Blog pick” folder, most of which ends up here. But not all. Today I’m including a few things that for no particular reason at all didn’t make it onto the blog, but really should have.
After being on the blog, most of the links get moved into my “To buy” folder, and while it’s an eternal struggle against the tide with that folder too, it’s a worthy challenge!
What to make of this album by Bastardgeist? A couple of tracks in and I wasn’t sure if I was fully into what I was listening to, but wanted to hear more. By the end it felt like I’d been on quite a journey, and vowed to experience it again. Now I have experienced it again, the feeling is much the same: this is a unique multilayered work of art that invites the listener to engage with it. It may take multiple listens to fully appreciate, but there are wonders to be found here…
Devon folk singer Jim Causley sets the poetry of his ancestor Charles Causley to music with a little help from his friends. Beautiful.
Inspired by the discovery of a forgotten box of postcards and photos in the family attic, this radiophonic box of delights by Keith Seatman fell through the cracks of my “Blog Pick” link folder, and should have been featured long ago.
I’ve been meaning to mention the Australian Radio show The Golden Apples of the Sun for a while now. In their own words it is: “A NEW PLACE FOR PSYCH, FOLK, AND ELECTRONICA AND A LAUNCH-PAD TO NEW SUB-GENRES. THE GOLDEN APPLES COLLECTIVE IS A SMALL INFORMED AND PASSIONATE GROUP OF MUSIC-LOVERS WHO OVER 2 HOURS PRESENT A MELTING POT OF MELODY, BEATS, FIELD RECORDINGS AND ATMOSPHERICS FULL OF THEMATIC ELEMENTS AND AN EDGE.” It really is a great show. Listen here.
(Turns out I have actually mentioned The Golden Apples of the Sun before, back in April, but I’ll leave the entry in for further encouragement.)
Abra Kabra is a magical dope-beat collaboration that levitates above the norm with it’s great choice of samples and quality production.
Some husky haunt-techno by OOBE on Opal Tapes.
And some solid modern prog by Midday Veil.
Beautiful Mars: a Tumblr featuring images and posts from HiRISE, the high resolution camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO, NASA). To see more go here.
“ Cocker spaniel by his side, Rees wanders the marshes of Hackney, Leyton and Walthamstow, avoiding his family and the pressures of life. He discovers a lost world of Victorian filter plants, ancient grazing lands, dead toy factories and tidal rivers on the edgelands of a rapidly changing city. Ghosts are his friends. As strange tales of bears, crocodiles, magic narrowboats and apocalyptic tribes begin to manifest themselves, Rees embarks on a psychedelic journey across time and into the dark heart of London.
It soon becomes clear that the very existence of this unique landscape is at threat. For on all sides of the marshland, the developers are closing in…
Marshland is a deep map of the East London marshes, a blend of local history, folklore and weird fiction, where nothing is quite as it seems.
This book contains striking illustrations from artist Ada Jusic. ”
Seems like Marshland is going to be a must-read for the wyrd generation, and is available for pre-order at a special price of £8.99 via paypal until the 25th October here.
I leave you with Star Drunk. This was genuinely written by drunk people and performed by drunk actors, and it’s brilliant! Well worth watching the short behind the scenes vid below too.