I missed last week’s Friday Night Five. Not for lack of listening to music, more being consumed by it. I came across a flood of tracks that were originally uploaded to the station at our beloved Live365 back in 2003. Our mp3 encoder at the time didn’t quite have the same technology to place all the correct data in its correct place, so I’ve spent a lot of time uploading, listening, culling, adding and rediscovering music that is awesome. Today’s list showscases a few of those tracks.
Nanaco – I Have a Tattto of your Eyes A track she performed with Simon Raymond of Cocteau Twins, Japanese artist Nanako Satoh, brings us on a trippy journey with flourishes of guitar, piano, sampling and angelic vocals. Luminus in 23 was one of the very early releases on the Bella Union label.
Bark Psychosis – Manman
One of the key bands pivotal to the genre “post rock”, Bark Psychosis formed in the mid-80s and released two LPs and a dozen EPs until the mid 2000’s. Their lushly layered instrumentation, atmospheric spaces, and abstract murmured vocals make for a perfect Strawberry Tongue dish.
Asobi Seksu – Perfectly Crystal (remix by Xiu Xiu)
Formed by Yuki Chikudate & James Hanna in 2001, this dreampop band has released a hanful of LPs and has been on hiatus since uses layered, distorted guitars and effects to create an otherworld. This track, paired with the inimitable Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu takes a spacey life of its own.
Jherek Bischoff – Eyes (featuring David Byrne)
If you don’t know who Jherek Bischoff is, you should. Contributing to a number of bands including Parenthetical Girls, Xiu Xiu, Degenerate Art Ensemble, and The Dead Science., Jherek is known as a composer, arranger and songwriter who develops many of his songs on a ukulele. As an accomplished multi-instrumentalist (sax, clarinet, tuba, trombone, trumpet, bass, guitar, ukulele, banjo, stand-up bass, cello, violin), he then builds out his songs with an orchestral type of feel. This song is one that enlisted the help of Talking Heads David Byrne for vocals.
These tracks are all of the Strawberry Tongue playlist. Be sure to catch them, you won’t be disappointed.