Lost in Transmission No 38 Playlist
Faeland – We’re Just A Love Song
From All My Swim, the debut LP from Faeland, aka Bristol-based folk duo Jacob Morrison and Rebecca Nelson (out now via Bandcamp). The album gives the duo’s personal spin on classic themes of humanity, such as love, healing, and magic. This was the first single from the album, a plaintive hymn to a doomed relationship with beautiful vocals and rich violin hooks. The single was accompanied by a beautiful video directed by filmmaker Adam Hale which we premiered here.
Alela Diane – Émigré
Taken from Alela’s fifth album Cusp, an album that taps into the nurture, strength and emotion of motherhood. The inspiration for Émigré came via an image that shocked and moved many of us – that of a tiny 3-year-old’s body washed up on a Turkish beach. It was one of the most potent reminders of the suffering being brought upon families in the refugee crisis. The accompanying video which was directed by Michael Palmieri and Émigré was featured here.
David Kitt – Still Don’t Know
From David’s first solo album for years, Yous is out 9th March on Dublin’s own All City Records. The album mingles a sense of freedom, and calm reflection, with an independent impulse. “This is the most free I’ve felt making a record since my debut Small Moments” says Kitt. “There was no pressure whatsoever. I was happy to wait as long as it took to have the right 10 songs”. Pre-Order via Bandcamp.
Hannah Read – Alexander
From Hannah’s new album Way Out I’ll Wander which is also one of our Featured Albums of the month, reviewed here. “Way Out I’ll Wander is a fine achievement: listening to each of its songs is like watching the snow settle in an exquisitely crafted snow globe, revealing an image of pristine clarity.” Way Out I’ll Wander is out on 23rd February 2018. Pre-order link: https://hannahread.lnk.to/wayoutillwander
Darlingside – Futures
From Extralife, another Featured Album of the Month reviewed here. An album looking to the future, mourning the loss of our world with an almost post-apocalyptic view. While the subject matter may seem bleak, ‘Extralife’ is not without an underlying sense of hope and optimism. On ‘Futures’ we find the band looking forward; while the future might be undefined, depending on what we do right now everything shifts. We have the ability to change the scenes that are ahead of us, for better or for worse, by acting now.
Sam Moss – Neon
The title track od Sam’s latest album which we reviewed here. Our reviewer Richard summed it up: “Neon may be an album of night, of place, of colour and light. But it is also an album of contrasts, contrasts that are subtle, contrasts that are hidden in the words and contrasts that look into the emotional light and dark. I hear the words and draw my own pictures, colour where necessary, monochrome where not. I certainly don’t see it as maudlin but it is reflective, quiet and worth a second glass of wine to listen to again.”
Sergio Mendes & Brazil ’66 – Scarborough Fair
We head back to 1968 for Brazil’s chart-topping Sergio Mendes and his group Brazil ’66 for Scarborough Fair made popular by Simon & Garfunkle. Controversially, Paul Simon learned it from Martin Carthy while in London…I’m not going there.
The Oh Hellos – Grow
From Eurus, the new album from The Oh Hellos who began life in a cluttered bedroom, where siblings Maggie and Tyler Heath (born and raised in southern Texas) recorded their self-titled EP in 2011. In the fall of 2012, the sibling duo released their debut full-length record Through the Deep, Dark Valley, an album full of regret and redemption, which they wrote, recorded, produced, mixed, and mastered themselves. Eurus is available now via Bandcamp here.
Belle And Sebastian – Show Me The Sun
I couldn’t resist the opening Na na na na na na, na na na na na na…Out now on How to Solve Our Human Problems, Pt. 2.
Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara – Yerro Mama
From Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara’s Soul Science (2007). This primal number just fitted in well with Suadan Archives…
Sudan Archives – Come Meh Way
From Sudan Archives eponymous album (2017). The 23-year-old violinist/vocalist who writes, plays, and produces her own music grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is self-taught on the violin, inspired by Sudanese fiddlers, R&B, West African rhythms, and experimental electronic music.
Mélissa Laveaux – Simalo
From Radyo Siwèl, the latest offering from Paris-based Canadian singer & guitarist Mélissa Laveaux. The album was produced by French outfit A.L.B.E.R.T. (Beck, Franz Ferdinand, Air). It’s out March 23 and will be released on faultless French indie No Format (ALA.NI & Oumou Sangaré).
Sam Amidon – Warren
From The Following Moutain (reviewed here)….”a refreshingly disjointed record that almost describes the creative process that defines it.”
House And Land – Listen To The Roll
House and Land (main image) are duo Sally Anne Morgan (fiddle, shruti box, banjo, vocals) and Sarah Louise Henson (vocals, 12-string guitar, shruti box, bouzouki). This is from their self-titled debut album which was released last year on Thrill Jockey.
Pumajaw – The Burning of Auchindoun (Featuring Alasdair Roberts)
From Curiosity Box (Album cover used for mix), released in 2008 on Fire Records. “Pinkie Maclure and John Wills (Pumajaw) combine Pinkie’s unique, multi-octave voice with looped guitar, mandolin, samples, concertina and hypnotic rhythms. Their own seductive sound stretches from psychedelic pop through sultry folk songs to eerie, cacophonous, trance-inducing laments.” As well as featuring Alasdair Roberts, James Yorkston also put in a guest appearance.