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.
I have been unable to get this track out of my mind for several weeks.
Van Morrison is an utterly masterful live performance. While it doesn’t quite reach the heights of Rave on John Donne or Make it real one more time it is still spectacular.
Tupelo Honey is taken from the 1971 album of the same name.
Late 70’s Van Morrison:
This came onto my MP3 player this weekend for the first time in a while and still sounded amazing. I was surprised I hadn’t posted it already.
I still remember hearing it for the first time and the opening leaving me utterly speechless. The opening line must be one of my all time favourites, full of mysticism and longing just like
the album to which is gives it’s name.
If I ventured in the slipstream, between the viaducts of your dream…
A mellow track from American singer-songwriter
Cat Power. This is an elongated version of a track from her 2006 album The Greatest.
I love this timeless, wistful number from
The Band’s 1969 eponymous second studio album. I was reminded of it this week while listening to a Spotify playlist based on Neil Young.
Recently it seems my musical focus has been toward classics from the
60’s and 70’s. Feel free to suggest any that I might have missed.
A little bit of a mellower mid-week track today which I discovered via the
Far From Cyan blog. Valentina is an Italian born singer who moved to the UK at a young age and now resides in London.
This track is taken from
Neil Youngs 1992 classic Harvest Moon. It’s mellow, wistful and rather beautiful. It has been a welcome calming influence on me recently.
Neil Young – Harvest Moon:
Classic track from Irish band
The Waterboys. Its taken from the 1988 album of the same name and features some very vivid imagery and solid violin.
Nice, simple track from Tennessee singer
Josh Rouse. It is taken from his 2003 gem of an album 1972, which was a big favourite of mine while I was at university.
I saw Irish singer
Liza Flume support Linnea Olsson at The Workmans Club a few weeks ago.
I enjoyed the simplicity of her music. As here, there was very little instrumentation or frills of any kind. She used looping created a infectious sound that I found rather hypnotic.