My world music kick continues. This time the band hails from Ethiopia, although it seems that Hailu Mergia is now a taxi driver in Washington D.C.
I really like the languid feel here. I am not often drawn to instrumental tracks but really enjoyed this and it has a great video to match.
CjK Guest Post – Summer Cover #5
This tinkly upbeat version of Only Love Can Break Your Heart hits the summer spot. The song is the third track on Neil Young’s album After the Gold Rush. As one of the first albums I bought I maybe listened too long to the maudlin lyrics and his droney version. The song may have been written for Graham Nash after his split from Joni Mitchell though Young seems to be vague on this. No matter, the London based group Saint Etienne sailed along with this version in 1990, but still retaining something of the irony.
This track is taken from Among My Swan which was released a couple of years later but also sounds great. A nice, mellow way to start to the week.
My musical fads seem to come in three forms of late: Soul, Hip Hop or African. Recently I definitely seem to have been captivated by the latter and I haven’t felt so invigorated in a while. There is something really fresh and raw about world music.
Malawi Mouse Boys must be the best band name I have heard in a long time. This track is taken from their debut album He is #1, which was released last year. It is every bit as joyous as I could hope and with a great video to match.
Malawi Mouse Boys – He is #1:
I didn’t realise London singer Ed Harcourt was still making music. I loved his 2001 Mercury-nominated debut album Here Be Monsters but hadn’t heard of him since until discovering this on the radio a few days ago.
It is taken from Back Into The Woods which was released in February.