Amazing how something so quiet and introverted could be so radical, but Young Marble Giants were revolutionary at a time when every other band was being shouty and noisy. I remember being hypnotised the first time I heard them on John Peel and they still sound remarkable.
This is very nice indeed. Annie Dressner is an American singer living in England (wise girl) who has a lovely, charming voice and makes records that swing between genteel folkiness and more peppy, indie-sounding fare like this tune from her terrific debut album Strangers Who Knew Each Other’s Names.
I must say 2012 is shaping up top be a very good year for new music and here’s another good ‘un. This is gorgeous, summery pop by Woods who are from Brooklyn but sound like they’re from the other coast.
Ally has her Torment Tuesday so I’ll have me a Mopey Monday: a spot for random posts of tunes that are sad, wistful, and wetter than a Bank Holiday weekend in Margate.
First up is some glum indiepop from 2002 by a band who always sounded like their tea had gone cold.
I am currently digging very much the lovely indie pop of North Highlands and their album Wild One
I’ve had and liked this record for years but was listening to it in the car the other day and was suddenly struck by how really, utterly lovely it is. Funny how that happens sometimes.
Download: Eighties Fan – Camera Obscura (mp3)
Kathleen Byron, worth going to heaven for.
This record is pretty heavenly too.
Download: Pearly Gates – Prefab Sprout (mp3)