Late Night Stargazing

Sticking with the religious theme of Easter weekend, here’s something from Jesus. Zola Jesus, to be precise.

Don’t let the slightly Dr Who monster-ness of the sleeve put you off tonight’s tune; “Sea Talk”, lifted from their 2010 album “Stridulum II” really reminds me of the Cocteau Twins:

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Zola Jesus – Sea Talk

More soon.

Late Night Stargazing

I adored Suede when they first arrived on the scene, buying all of their early singles and debut album on the day of release.

Tonight’s choice is the final track from their eponymous debut album:

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Suede – The Next Life

The piano on that has always reminded me of something a little more high-brow, a piece of music I remembered hearing around the house often when I was as kid.

I was delighted when, a few years ago, I was watching an interview with lead Suedester Brett Anderson, where he confirmed my suspicions by revealing that it had been lifted from this, formally known as ‘Piano Sonata No. 14 in C♯ minor “Quasi una fantasia”, Op. 27, No. 2’, but more commonly known as “Moonlight Sonata”:

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Ludwig van Beethoven – Moonlight Sonata

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Late Night Stargazing

Returning from a six-year hiatus, it was announced recently that Fleet Foxes are to release their third album later this year.

They were a band that I was never particularly bothered by, with the exception of one song of theirs, from their second album, “Helplessness Blues“. This was the only album to feature drummer and backing vocalist Josh Tillman, who left the band in 2012 to pursue a solo career under the name Father John Misty, who I love.

This is the one song:

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Fleet Foxes – Lorelai

Not quite the sound that springs to mind when you think of Seattle bands recording on the Sub Pop label that, is it?

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Late Night Stargazing

Mention of The Jesus & Mary Chain in the post yesterday, drew me to their much maligned 1993 almost-acoustic album “Stoned & Dethroned”.

It’s an album that I’ve always really liked, and have never really understood those who sneer or turn their nose up at it. Granted, it’s no “Psychocandy”, in fact it’s no “Darklands” either. But it definitely has its moments.

Like this, for example:

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The Jesus & Mary Chain – Everybody I Know

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Late Night Stargazing

This Mortal Coil were a collective of artists primarily attached to the 4AD label, brought together by label head honcho Ivo Watts-Russell was boss and president at the time.

This, from the 4AD website:

This Mortal Coil was not a band, but a unique collaboration of musicians recording in various permutations, the brainchild of 4AD kingpin Ivo Watts-Russell. The idea was to allow artists the creative freedom to record material outside of the realm of what was expected of them; it also created the opportunity for innovative cover versions of songs personal to Ivo.”

Nowhere was this freedom more apparent than this, from 1991’s “Blood” album, featuring the gorgeous tones of Tanya Donnelly and Kim Deal, both of whom I always thought were criminally under-used as lead vocalists in Throwing Muses and Pixies respectively:

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This Mortal Coil – You and Your Sister

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