At long last, this series is back with a new instalment coming each month. In case you're unfamiliar with this series, what happens is I take a look at music from all over the place, old, new, unheard and overplayed it's all worth listening to! Here we go!
I stumbled across this band on Facebook and saw that they were releasing their album, The Myriad on cassette and out of curiosity, I treated myself to one. Apart from the little I had heard when looking through their YouTube account, this was a bit of a stab in the dark, I didn’t really know what to expect. I guess this is todays equivalent of when people would go out and buy a record without the luxury of knowing anything about it apart from the fact that the album art was wicked or that the band looked kinda cool. I've done this in the past and when you get a goodun, it’s like receiving the best gift from yourself that you didn’t even know you had. The tape arrived and bearing in mind that this cassette cost me just £3, the presentation was really exciting. The artwork, by @dora.wednesday on insta, combined the characteristics of 60s psychedelic and folk art which gave me a lil flavour of what to expect. Tasty.
Side A begins with a sample of narration from the Clangers. That sentence alone is a selling point. Immediate reassurance that this was going to be my kind of noise as it melted away into many waves of psychedelia. The use of narration, storytelling and imagery throughout isn't really something that’s present in a lot of the current music I hear, apart from say, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and I think it's such an underrated attribute in music for me. When you can listen to something and not only hear it but see it and feel it; the act of listening to the album is a journey itself. Whether it was intentional or not, I'm not sure but this album is definitely to be enjoyed visually as well...
The Myriad is an extremely appropriate name for this album due to the amount of times I've played it. It's certainly special when you can you can listen to an album over and over and each time it plays differently. I really enjoyed the progression throughout and how songs warped and developed into one another. The contrast and fluidity between the hazy and sludgier, darker tracks is really interesting and something that makes this such a good listen.
With little online presence, I'm lucky to have come across these guys whilst listening to The Cramps a little while ago. The LA psychobilly trio caught my ear immediately with a track from their self-titled album called Ride To Solitude. Psychobilly has always been a genre that has intrigued me, however I've never truly delved in and explored it. With The Grims, they have that raw, gritty and 'grim' charisma in their sound combined with electric playfulness and melody. This mix of sound is like a delicious smoothie where the ingredients are 60s surf rock and The Smiths' This Charming Man on 1.5 speed and the dirt underneath Tom Wait's fingernails. Unfortunately, for now, that’s all I can tell you. Mysterious beings they are, I assure you that it would do no harm to check up on them now and again...
Now, if you’ve seen the cult classic What We Do In The Shadows, you'll probably recognise Tanega's song 'You're Dead', or maybe you're a fan of Thee Oh Seas, well you'll probably recognise her song 'What Are We Craving' which they covered on Castlemania. Or maybe you don’t recognise her at all... Well, prepare to fall in love. Tanega was spotted by record producer Herb Bernstein when performing for mentally ill patients in the hospital she worked in. She then went on to record material which would make up her first album, including the song Walking My Cat Named Dog which got her a place in the charts. When listening to Tanega, it's as if you're watching her too. Her character and attitude is so vivid in her sound that it's as if she's right in front of you. I guess this is one of the things that attracted Tanega and Dusty Springfield towards one another. After meeting in London, the two became incredibly close and soon after entered a relationship together, living in London for 5 years. Tanega contributed to many of Springfield's songs, playing guitar and also within the lyrics for songs such as The Colour Of Your Eyes.