Listen Outside: Manifesto

11286540325_47a21feae7_oListen outside. Listen outside your experience. Listen outside your recommendations. Listen outside your friends list. Listen outside your own language. Listen outside your expectations. Listen outside taste. Listen outside reason. Listen outside genre. Listen outside.

 

Die Mädchen aus dem Weltraum – Berry Lipman

Well. I bet you weren’t expecting this. While doing a spot of music research for the next Listen Outside radio shows over on Radio Six (Christmas specials!) I happened upon this and sat, listening, rapt for the whole hour.

This is the incidental music from a TV series called ‘Star Maidens’ or ‘Die Mädchen aus dem Weltraum’ which ran for 13 wild episodes in 1976. It is astonishingly groovy. The German language spoken word interludes and the lithe synths combine to illustrate the sexy, role-reversed retro-future that we used to look forward to.

The composer, Berry Lipman, has a discography stuffed with the sounds of shagpile and polyester shirts. Sadly, this seems to be his only TV compositional work. Imagine what the man could have done to late 1970’s Doctor Who?

Make yourself a gross 1970s cocktail (snowball? something with creme de menthe?) and enjoy this album. Especially Sex World, the greatest Bond theme never to have bonded.

Yellow – Mydy Rabycad

Like a jazz Goldfrapp, like a swing Human League, it’s Mydy Rabycad from Prague. They’re superb on record, and if the live videos are anything to go by, they’re a heck of a party. Yellow is their latest single, which is a bit more blues-inflected than their previous album Glamtronic. Give them a listen and get your jive shoes on.

Mydy Rabycad have a website

 

Zarx & Johnson – Orgel Vreten

It’s the best prog-flavoured, mainly instrumental, Hammond organ enhanced, rockin’ tune out of the Netherlands since Hocus Pocus by Focus.

Zarx & Johnson is the first single from Orgel Vreten’s upcoming album. If you like this, you’ll be please to know that there’s already an album called Komrad, which has a slightly Eastern bloc vibe.

Orgel Vreten have a website (sorta)

Orgel Vreten are on Facebook 

Take Him Back – Y’Akoto

Y’Akoto is a fantastic soul singer who I’m surprised isn’t HUGE all over the world. She splits her time between Hamburg, Paris, Stockholm, Los Angeles, Dakar, Accra and Lome – but I suspect that we’d like to hear from her in Glasgow, London and Manchester too.

She’s five years and three albums into her musical career, and her latest album Mermaid Blues weaves together mythological references, complicated emotions and allusions to the stories of refugees. She deserves to be massive. She’s currently on tour – catch her if you can.

Y’Akoto has a website

Y’Akoto is on Facebook

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Nature of Me – Michael Greilsammer

A particularly touching sub-genre of love songs is the love song from a father to his spouse once they’ve had children. The Nature Of Me is one of these – it’s got a quality to it that is at once anthemic and intimate, and Michael’s wife and long term musical collaborator Shimrit features on backing vocals.

You might remember Michael and Shimrit from the Israeli national Eurovision final in 2011, where they delighted us with Tou Dou Dou. If you don’t remember that, you should definitely check it out. In fact, check out all his work, it’s delightful.

Michael has a website. 

Michael is on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

Listen Outside On The Radio: Water

Our final summer special for Radio Six International was water-themed. Water is life, not just in the technical, scientific sense, but also in the metaphorical sense. Rivers are the stories of our lives and the open sea is both doubt and freedom.

Жива вода – Illaria

Lazily unfolding ecstatically spiritual dance from Ukraine (Facebook/Soundcloud/Website)

Open Sea – TOSCA BEAT

Classical, operatic vocals and sweeping atmospheric music from the Slovenian ESC 2017 National Final act. (Facebook/Website)

Rising Tides – Valparaiso feat. Phoebe Killdeer & Howe Gelb

A haunting and menacing duet with a touch of noir to it. (Facebook/Website)

Run To The River – Boggie

Reflective acoustic pop from former Hungarian ESC representative. (Facebook/Website)

Ngurr (Rain Song) – Kardajala Kirridarra

A creative collective of indigenous Australian women create trancendentally timeless music. (Facebook/Soundcloud)

River – Angeelia

Beautiful, warmly romantic, ambient pastoral pop from Estonia. (Facebook/Soundcloud)

Rain – Basalt

A very special and delicate piece of music from the Syrian trio who have made Vienna their home. (Facebook)

Half Seas Over – Amini

Just sharp enough to be delicious, it’s twee indie pop from the Norwegian duo. (Facebook/Soundcloud)

The Lake – Galley Beggar

Is it proggy folk, or folky prog? It’s great either way. (Facebook/Website)

Hot Water – King Gizzard & The Lizzard Wizzard

Chugging psych from the best-worst band name in history. (Website/Bandcamp)

Oceans of Love – Hana Oceans

Pleasantly complex Swedish electropop (Facebook/Website/Soundcloud)

Rivers – Polaroid3

Intense and thoughtful French orchestral indie pop. (Facebook/Bandcamp/Soundcloud)

Bitter Water – The Oh Hellos

Sunny bluegrass which almost sounds like it was recorded outdoors. (Facebook/Website/Bandcamp)

Rain In Soho – The Mountain Goats

Appropriately gloomy song from a concept album about Goths. (Website)

Listen Outside On The Radio: Fire

Our third show features songs with a Fire theme. From the burning passion of a love affair to the celebration of the hearth and home, fire is a metaphor for destruction, creation, intensity and celebration.

Firestorm – Conchita

The Queen of the Unstoppables delivers fire. Facebook/Website

En Feu – Soprano

Uptempo, celebratory French rap. Facebook/Website

I’ve Got A Fire – Andi Toth

Empowering pop from the promising Hungarian singer songwriter. Facebook

Brasa – Jade Baraldo

Smouldering soul from the alumnus of The Voice of Brazil. Facebook/Website

Säde – Trad!Attack

Sparkling, beautiful Estonian traditional music with a bit of edge. Facebook/Website/Bandcamp

Fiesta en el Inferno – Fangoria

B-movie dancepop from Spanish dancefloor veterans. Facebook/Website

House Fire – Braxi

Theatrical pop from the Netherlands cabaret scene. Facebook/Website

Fire – Avoid Dave

Excellently jarring Estonian trip hop. Facebook/Soundcloud

Hearth – Saor

Soaring atmospheric metal, full of the majesty of Scottish landscapes. Facebook/Bandcamp.

If I Burn (You Burn Too) – Tara Lee

The rockier end of folk pop from one of Dublin’s finest multitalented women. Facebook

Dreams On Fire – Blue Foundation

Shoegazey Danish pop. Facebook/Website

Inferno Club – Acid Waves

Heavy Mexican prog, designed for the dancefloor. Facebook/Website

Jak Ogien – BARAKA FACE JUNTA 

Noisy Polish punk. Facebook/Bandcamp/Soundcloud

Fire – BON AIR

Breezy French country-tinged folk pop Facebook/Website/Soundcloud

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Noches de Sol – Cuzo

Tonight, some music from beautiful, vital, excellent Barcelona. Cuzo are an experimental prog band with an expansive, groovy approach to including psych and world music into their sound. Noches de Sol (Sunny Nights) combines poundingly heavy drums with sunshine laden guitars and shifts rhythmically away from you every time you think you’ve worked out where it’s going.

Cuzo are on Bandcamp

Cuzo are on Facebook  Myspace, apparently