It´s been a while since my last music posts. Sorry for that.There has been a long summer in Berlin though. So to catch up here are some short cuts ´bout latest favorites and reissues:
So first there is the latest album Golden Sings that have been Sung by Ryley Walker out via dead oceans.Guess no one writes these days songs that remind of great folk artists like nick drake without being simply nostalgic.
Bonnie “Prince” Billy & Bitchin Bajas
Quite a while ago, Will Oldham released with drone experimentalist Bitchin Bajas Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties (drag city) – a combination that goes together pretty well and is more a kind of improvised session. All song titles are fortune cookies lyrics.
Listen and buy it here: https://bezirk.bandcamp.com/album/le-fruit-de-mes-songes
From France as well, here´s a pretty little folk lyrical homage á Emily Dickinson by
Krotz Struder: 15 Dickinson Songs
Krotz Struder is the musical solo project of Julien Grandjean, a prolific french singer-songwriter and writer from North-East of France. His musical work has mostly taken inspiration from litterature. He has sung lyrics from classical poetry of Henri Michaux, William Blake, Robert Walser, Thomas Bernhard, Fernando Pessoa…. He has also published two books of short-stories and some short texts in various literary publications. « 15 Dickinson songs », an album of 15 songs taken from Emily Dickinson’s poetry is his 19th release to date and his first release ever on a label, after 18 self-releases (in very small quantities) since 2002.
Ambient / Kraut
Now to even more kraut rock stuff: Morphine records released an interesting EP called charles cohen / senyawa reworks – I listened to it last week as a dj played this between a great theoretical lecture and debate about chaos and migration and I bought it right away. Both sides – as well the charles cohen track – are amazing.
Not not fun (as tape) and digital via the belgium label surf kill records releases this little kraut – ambient – folk – electronica masterpiece mercury coast by a band called ssaliva. It reminds of early dirty beaches melancholic lofi – nostalgia fragments. Beautiful.
Alex Zhang Hungtai
By the way: Dirty Beaches´Alex Zhang Hungtai himself released in august the first digital release (the small tape edition on ascetic house is sold out already) under his real name called “Knave of Hearts”. Here are stripped down piano ballads like he started already with the drifters/love is the devil japanese version bonus cd “hotel”. Especially the track “oranges in bed” is amazing.
A collection of recordings from the Europe years 2012-2015 in various cities, along with various home recordings in Los Angeles.
In the form of unsent letters and postcards, the idea of “before” and “now” becomes irrelevant. Instead, it’s a silent testament that endures the weathering and perversion of time, forever enclosed on a meridian between “before” and “now”
Count Ossis and the mystic revelation of rastafari´s milestone “Grounation” is finally reissued by dub store japan in a 3 record vinyl edition with extensive photos, lyrics and liner notes. Peace and love.
ceterum censeo: the words of “Narration” should be used in school history lessons!
Some spiritual space jazz from the 70ies comes from Brother Ah aka Robert Northern. His Move on forward is besides his other release reissued by manufactured recordings.
Another essential reissue comes from Ghana: Pat Thomas introduces Marijata is reissued by academy Lp´s. Listen to the epic brainwashing:
Awesome tapes from africa continues releasing the great ethio jazz LP´s by hailu mergia – so here´s the “Wede Harer Guzo” LP with Dahlak Band
At last two great afro / arab disco edit´s by israel´s fortuna records and soundway:
International Soleil Band: