Heads up: If you get offended by music without heavily distorted guitars then please read no further.
I hear a lot of awesome music through friend's recommendations, films and random discoveries on the internet. I'm gonna consolidate the best right here and share the wealth. Not all of it is on the heavy side and some of it is as far away from rock or metal as you can get.
So this is an invitation to step off the well trodden path and hear something a little different.
1. Miami Spider, Gallops
No idea how I heard about these guys but this track is great. It's got some slightly angular rhythms but maintains a solid groove. I've heard a Battles comparison mentioned a few times but I much prefer these guys. They've got more hooks and there's a cool kinda 8 bit synth fade out at the end.
Gallops on Bandcamp
2. St James Infirmary, Josh White
This is one of THOSE songs. I get goosebumps every time I hear it. My mum told me recently they have this on 45 back at my folk's house. I'm gonna have to get hold of that sometime then!
3 The Gospel Singer, Lydia Lunch
This song contains some of my favourite lyrics ever and the whole EP is incredible. It's some of the dirtiest sexiest music I've ever heard. The live groove of the band, that voice and the lyrics are utter filth. I think this might actually be my favourite thing that I've heard this year.
Lydia Lunch Website
4. Distant Lights, Burial
Distant Lights is from Burial's self titled first album. This guy knows how to make creepy music and he creates atmospheres similar to this song all over his first two records. Listen to that bass, pure evil.
5. Work Song, Dan Reeder
These are the lyrics:
"I got all the fuckin' work I need"
There you go. That's it. The first song of his I heard was the hilarious Food and Pussy but the simplicity of this one just gets me. He makes his own instruments as well. What a dude.
Dan Reeder Website
6. Another Night in the City, High Spirits
I heard of this record via a review on Invisible Oranges and I loved it from the instant I heard it. It's got a retro 80s rock and metal vibe without getting cheesy or tongue in cheek and is the work of one guy, Chris Black. This dude clearly knows how to write a song and the understated vocal harmonies are amazing.
High Spirits on Facebook
7. Blue Jeans, Lana Del Rey
If you read the internet you'll have heard of Lana Del Rey. Hell, even if you don't read the internet you'll have heard of her. Well forget the hype for now, forget the hate, forget the lips and just listen to the song. It's great.
Lana Del Rey Website
8. Matty Groves, Alela Diane (Feat Alina Hardin)
This is a lovely version of the classic folk ballad Matty Groves with some great 2 part vocal harmonies.
Alela Diane Website
9. An Ending (Ascent), Brian Eno
I don't actually know that much about Mr Eno but I do know this is a gorgeous piece of ambience and a suitably mellow ending to this first collection.
Brian Eno Website
So there you go that's the first of the Mix Eclectic series. I Hope you enjoyed it and found something new. I'll be doing this once a month or every few weeks so check back soon.