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What we’re listening to this week #22

Curated and published every Wednesday, our WWLTTW playlist brings you sounds from the past, present and future to perk up your week and, hopefully, inspire your ears.

If you’d like to contribute music or ideas for a future playlist, let our resident curator Andy know. Here he is with this week’s selection (and jump to the end for Spotify news)…

WWLTTW #22

A right old ragtag of bits that wandered in off the street this week, but all the better for being deliciously varied and, in some cases, a trifle intoxicated. A little ripe but no stinkers here, we assure you.

45 years old and still smelling sweet. Led Zeppelin – Bron-Y-Aur Stomp:

1979. Not quite 45 years ago and sounding pretty darn fresh. The Feelies – Fa Ce’La:

Other anniversaries included A-Ha’s Take On Me turning thirty, but well, it’s all a bit sketchy:

Would be great to pretend that everything was lovely and brilliant, but sometimes music and the moving image can remind us of Life’s Rich Pageant. This is desperately sad, but beautiful at the same time and obviously very raw and intimate. Daughter – Doing The Right Thing:

Reinforcing the idea of you and the mood and the music, Sonos have been busy of late, with studios popping up around the world. Here’s a piece from their varied website on soundscapes.

Time to put on some freshly laundered clothes, or alternatively don our superhero costumes and go rid the world of evil. “I’m gonna put on an iron shirt and chase the Devil out of Earth”. Are you with us? Max Romeo & The Upsetters – Chase the Devil:

“Jay Watson (born 27 May 1990) is an Australian multi-instrumentalist and psychedelic rock musician, singer, songwriter. He is best known as a member of the bands Tame Impala and Pond, and his solo project Gum”. Thanks Wikipedia. Here is GUM – Anesthetized Lesson:

Pay attention, 007. This is an ‘unofficial’ James Bond theme. Sounds like there are a few folk who are not so keen on the ‘official’ one; “What were the producers thinking of by choosing Sam Smith’s high pitch drivel, a glass of water is far more interesting and thought provoking.” We’re shaken and a bit stirred by that and would love to hear more alternative theme tunes ‘inspired by’ works of fiction. Spectres featuring Ela Orleans – Spectre:

This band is recommended by Tom, the hairdresser (see WWLTTW #21), so it can’t be all that bad, although he may have some comments on their hair. The Wytches – Gravedweller:

“If you’re going through hell, keep going” – Winston Churchill. Not sure why this is relevant (it seems to suit the previous track more) but it’s very difficult to track down much about Koda, but this meaty quote is beneath the track on YouTube. Thanks to James ‘The Captain’ Kirk for highlighting this pounder, in the vein of Hozier’s Take Me To Church, but this time with some real oomph. Koda – New Blood:

A note from our extended family (i.e. anyone related to anyone who works in or at Design Bridge). Mike Bamford (spouse to DB’s Anna Bamford, also mentioned below) gives us a lovely insight into those annoying earworms – read it here.

And we’d like to lend our support to keep music live: Vote for your favourite small venue in the UK. Thanks to Anna B for the head’s up via NME and apologies for the image but “If you’re going through hell, keep going”:

NME

Finally, it’s time for us to run away. Cue us running into the sunset, soundtrack from someone who seems to write tunes that are perfect for TV adverts – she even makes the aforementioned Take Me To Church sound like a holiday commercial. Jasmine Thompson – Great Escape:

And cut.

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