Keith Goldhanger has spent November 2022 trawling through new releases whilst also catching up with one or two new acts that have previously managed to escape his attention.
November 2022 and Football’s coming Home(ophobic).
One of us sat down for days (an hour) this month trawling through the mess of football related tunes made available this month and ENGINE from Leeds won the battle of World Cup football related tunes. Bloods Got The World In Motion is a song reflecting corruption, oppression and human suffering with a catchy refrain reminding us that it may not be coming home. At the time of writing Football’s still got its suitcase on the bed and can’t make up it’s mind whether it’ll be welcomed back seeing as though football 2022 seems to be sound tracked by Freed by Desire, half and half scarves and crowds that have lost the will to celebrate goals any more.
Away from the not so beautiful game anymore and one of us has been paying attention again to Denmark’s LOWLY who have a new album (due out in the new year on Bella Union) and have recently provided us with a couple of tunes in preparation to this. You Are Good And I Love You was the tune that raised the eyebrows and pricked the ears up this month. Back in that golden year of 2014 the band released what is still the closest any band have got to sounding like the Swedish pop quartet known to our parents as Abba (Daydreamers). This new tune is a gloriously odd, beautiful foot taping electronic tune that brings at least one of us back on track with the bands activities after they were briefly put to one side after finding further releases difficult to swallow in one go. Lowly do make difficult and challenging music but every now and then their name will be attached to something one will find themselves struggling to put down. This is fabulous and needs hearing.
SCOTT LEVENE‘s gig at Paper Dress Vintage (East London) a year or so ago was also a night to remember and now after a few more shows around the country he’s back with Prettiest Peaces (Here). Brilliant stuff yet again from the man from Essex.
Whilst many of us are still up in the air about Glastonbury next year it was pleasing to be reminded of one of 2022’s personal highlights during the long week in Somerset. ENJOYABLE LISTENS in the West Holts bar Thursday night was a treat to behold for anyone who caught the show . This is his latest. Catch these live if you can and witness a great entertaining experience.
Finally, filed under ‘Where the fuck did this come from’ this track by MERYL STREEK is probably the angriest and scariest tune around at the moment. It starts like Joy Division until the voice arrives to take you somewhere you didn’t realise you were going. The journey this chap’s music takes you on is a sad but enlightening one. There’s an album of tunes (796 on Venn records) recently released that has loads of great swearing in appropriate places across the dozen superb tracks that you need to hear. It’s as exciting as Bob Vylan and as gripping as Sleaford Mods when we first began to get our heads around the idea of a bloke shouting politically charged grievances over a very agreeable soundtrack.
Death to the Landlord is a decent place to start. Other subject matter in this Irishman’s repertoire includes the Catholic church, suicide, crime, missing children…it’s hard hitting, it’s well executed, and one feels this is made by an individual who may have experienced these subjects at closer quarters than you or I may have.
Keep an eye out for some shows over the next few months and join at least one of us in the queue.
Next years thing all sorted before Christmas then xx
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